Google Will Give Publishers Open e-book Pricing with One Pass

Posted by at 4:16 pm on February 16, 2011

Google today┬álaunched One Pass at a Berlin event today. The subscription system gives readers a single sign-on to get access to digital magazines and newspapers while also deliberately loosening the restrictions on publishers. Unlike on Apple’s store, publishers will still have the option of giving away free digital access with print subscriptions or using more varied options like metered access and “freemium” where the content is a mix of both free and paid.

The system uses Google Checkout but will reduce the dependency on a single OS to work, CEO Eric Schmidt said: users will just have to sign in again to get access to the same subscription on another platform. The company is also giving publishers a much larger 90 percent cut and will have access to subscriber information to better target ads.

One Pass is already live in North America and most of Western Europe. Major international and regional publishers such as Axel Springer and Popular Science owner Bonnier have already embraced the format.

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