Back in 2010, Google launched its Google Books which was initially available in the U.S. only - where else. But right in time for the upcoming summer vacation season, Google Books, which is now part of Google Play, is now also available in Germany - the land of Goethe, Schiller and Heine. This will definitely gives Amazon a harder time which was already available with its Kindle for smartphones. Google Books allows to browse and search through, as Google said at the time of the announcement, "the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale". It's featuring the latest bestsellers and popular reads as well as classics.
Google Books, which is accessible from Laptops, Tablets and smartphones, allows to buy, store and read Google Books in the cloud. That means it's possible to access ebooks like messages in Gmail or photos in Picasa, using a free, password-protected Google account with unlimited ebooks storage. The free apps for Android and iOS allows to shop and read on the go. For many books it's possible to select which font, font size, day/night reading mode and line spacing suits best and pick up on the page where left off when switching devices.
Since Google started with its books project in 2004, Google has digitized more than 15 million books from more than 35,000 publishers, more than 40 libraries, and more than 100 countries in more than 400 languages. This deep repository of knowledge and culture will continue to be searchable through Google Books search in the research section alongside the ebook store.
If you haven't installed Google Books yet, you can grab it free of charge from the Android Market.
UPDATE 15.06.12: As Google announced via Twitter, Google Play Books is now also available in Spain!
Cheers ~ Arne