Google Updating One Pass, French Publishers Cancel Kiosk Launch

Feb 06, 2012

Google is expected to upgrade its One Pass paid content system in the next few weeks. The updates, specifics of which are yet unknown, will reportedly be designed to increase slow take-up among publishers and are reportedly based on feedback from One Pass' trialist partners.

The changes have apparently prompted eight French publishers, who had planned to extend a joint kiosk initiative using One Pass, to postpone the kiosk's launch. These publishers formed ePresse Premium in December 2010 to charge for their replica editions, which they have already been selling per-copy through an iPad app. This past November, the consortium said it would use One Pass to add more payment options, but "ePresse 2.0 was simply canceled" in light of the upcoming One Pass revisions, according to L'Express, one member of the consortium and part of Groupe Express-Roularta.

One Pass launched in beta in February 2011 alongside Google's Checkout system (now merged with Google Wallet). One Pass is designed to provide flexible content payments in Android apps and on the web with a 10% commission, cheaper than the 30% Apple charges to appear in its Newsstand app.