Google Books, Amazon Kindle to collaborate?


The head engineer of Google (NYSE:GOOG) Books would like to sell his library on the Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle.

Dan Clancy of Google told Reuters, "If Amazon allowed Kindle users to buy from Google Editions it would be easy for the two companies to set up the sales." In that scenario, there are two big "ifs." First, Google is still embroiled in disputes with publishers, authors, and the Justice Department about license fees and copyright issues. The legal portion of that fighting could go on for months and perhaps years.

It is unlikely that Amazon would want to put e-books that are part of a series of lawsuits on its Kindle. That might cause Amazon legal problems of its own for distributing books that have copyright issues.