Starting Thursday in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Barnes & Noble will deliver books the same day they are ordered via Google Shopping Express.
Google Shopping Express launched a year ago and is offering a free six-month trial, with a charge of $5 per order after that for non-members. No word yet on what membership would cost.
This move helps both companies compete against Amazon, which has expanded its same-day delivery service but which has also taken a beating lately in the book world. But it also could take a bite out of local booksellers, which —for those that remain — have succeeded in maintaining their position, despite Amazon’s competition.