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Google is working on a system that would allow readers to download entire books to their computers in a format that they could read on screen or on mobile devices such as a Blackberry. Jens Redmer, director of Google Book Search in Europe, told the Times Online that he didn't believe taking books online would mean the end of the printed word but it would give readers more options when it came to buying.
He added that after many years of setbacks the electronic book looked poised to go main-stream. Commuters in Japan are reading entire novels on their mobile phones, per the Times Online. And Sony recently launched its Reader, a digital book device with an online book store stocking 10,000 titles. Amazon, the worldâ€™s largest online book seller, is also planning to launch an e-book service.