Not that we already have enough eBook services available, today also Google launched its eBook service which will be initially available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore. Googgle eBooks allows to browse and search through 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 designed Google eBooks to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks - everything from Laptops to Netbooks to Tablets to smartphones to e-readers.
With the new Google eBooks Web Reader, users can buy, store and read Google eBooks 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.
In addition to a full-featured web reader, free apps for Android and Apple devices will make it possible 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.
Users can discover and buy new ebooks from the Google eBookstore or get them from one of Google's independent bookseller partners like Powell's, Alibris and participating members of the American Booksellers Association.
When Google Books first launched in 2004, Google set out to make the information stored in the world's books accessible and useful online. Since then, 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 ebookstore.
Launching Google eBooks is an initial step toward giving Google greater control users greater access to the vast variety of information and entertainment found in books.
Cheers ~ Arne