A total of 3 million titles are available to download, including hundreds of thousands available for sale. The catalog includes a mixture of old classics and the latest best sellers.
Although books can only be bought in the US for the time being, a selection of free out-of-copyright works, including classics like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ are readable throughout the world.
Books can be read using a browser-based reader, or via dedicated Android and iOS apps which are available now. Font, font size, day/night reading mode and line spacing all adjustable on many titles.
The books themselves aren’t only available from Google, the company has partnered with third party sellers Powell’s, Alibris and members of the American Booksellers Association to get the books to a wider market, although wherever you buy the books they’re fully compatible.
Out of nowhere another major player has just hit the blossoming eBook market. Now that the might of Google is lined up to contend with Amazon’s Kindle Store, how will this affect authors? Our own Tris Hussey, author of a number of books, wrote his own thoughts on the matter recently
Our full review of the new eBookstore is coming soon.