Google’s long-awaited eBookstore is now live in the US and this billion dollar industry has just got a little more crowded. With 3 million titles available from Google’s online store, users can now download from an enormous library of ebooks to their Google account, which can then be synced and read on any web browser, mobile devices and eBook readers, including the Nook and Sony Reader. To make the experience more seamless on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, the Google Books app is also now available on the App Store.
While the Google Books app isn’t as fully featured as eReaders like Stanza, it still has some basic options for font, search and night-reading mode. Best of all though is the automatic page position syncing function across all devices, meaning that no matter whether you’re reading your ebook via a laptop or iDevice, you won’t have to worry about finding the last page where you left off. Sadly, the Google’s eBookstore is only available in the US, so international users will have to wait a bit before the promising service is introduced elsewhere. Check out the video demo and more info after the break.
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The Google Books app offers access to over 2 million Google eBooks on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Take your favorite books with you on the go.
Great Reading Experience
- Change font, search within book, information about book
- Night-reading mode
- Offline reading mode
Discover Millions of Titles
- Millions of books in every imaginable category, from New York Times bestsellers to favorite classics
- Over 2 million free ebooks available instantly
- Over 400,000 ebooks for purchase
- Free preview pages
- Unlimited storage of books in the digital cloud
- Worry-free archive
Syncs With Your Google Books Library
- Find books at http://books.google.com/ebooks and add them to the ‘My Google eBooks’ shelf to sync
- Access all your ebooks wirelessly from the digital cloud; no dedicated e-reading device required
- Automatic page position synching across devices — pick up reading where you left off
[via The Official Google Blog]