The online bookstore we have all been waiting for is finally here – welcome the cloud-based Google eBooks bookstore! So what is the latest cloud bookstore from Google all about.
The Internet giant released Books to much fanfare, mostly since it launched the service with all guns blazing, duly noted with the company releasing apps for all popular devices on day one itself.
With the launch of the eBooks service, Google has opened up a new market for book publishers, who have seen demand deteriorate steadily over the years. Avenues like that provided by Amazon’s ebook store, are more than welcome by the desperate publishers.
The capital G’s move into the book service has been rumored for over a year and a half now. It is especially relevant given the dissatisfaction expressed by publishers over Amazon’s autocratic ways.
While the age of the hardcover continues to fade, eBooks is without a doubt the first cloud based book reading solution to be deployed on a grand scale. Over 3 million titles from around 4000 publishers are already available on the store at this very moment.
For the time being, the service is only available for users in the United States. Even the offline edition is available only to US users, who have already loaded their book(s) of choice. Those travelling outside the US would need to pre-load the titles on their device.
Titles from this store can be read on all popular eBook readers which have ePub format compatibility. Google’s web browser edition provides a neat interface, which aims to replicate the format of a real book.
The pages flip easily and quickly, with or without the full screen mode switched on. With the release of the Google eBooks bookstore, the company continues its surge into diversifying itself into new online and offline sectors.
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