Google Editions, Google's digital book service, seems to be gathering momentum. It was only last week that The Wall Street Journal reported that Google would start selling e-books in June or July of this year. At that time the Journal said, "Publishers have yet to publicly commit to participate in the service but Google isn't expected to run into much trouble getting them to join."

Yesterday Japan Today posted a story claiming that Google has "clinched the support of almost all publishers in the United States" and that the number of authors and publishers who have agreed to participate have topped 25,000. The story claims that, between these arrangements and books with expired copyrights, Google Editions will offer over 4 million titles. Japan Today cites "company officials" but offers no further attribution.