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In a much anticipated launch, Google has now made more than 3 million ebooks available for download on reading devices, including both free classics and new titles for sale at the Google eBookstore. The new option from Google will likely amp up ebook sales and give ereaders from any brand a new push among consumers.
Google has designed their ebook platform to be open so that the books are compatible with most any reader -- a welcome change from ebooks that are only available to read on a single device. The concept makes more books accessible which should be the bigger goal in the first place. The Google eBookstore has books that can be opened on everything from laptops to smartphones to e-readers. You can also store your selections in the cloud -- kind of like how gmail works with storing your emails -- so that you don't have to fill up your device memory with countless titles.
According to Google's blog, the ebooks can be bought either from Google's eBookstore or from one of its partners, Powell's, Alibris, and other members of the American Booksellers Association.
This is good news for many booksellers, considering ebooks are threatening the existence of many small and independently owned brick-and-mortar bookstores. And equally good news is the idea that they can be read on many different devices, since that will hopefully curb a massive consumer rush for more ereaders, and therefore more e-waste. However, it is still likely that this new availability for millions more titles will encourage people to add an ereader onto their holiday wishlist.
For many, Google's announcement of their new eBookstore will simply sound like the inevitable next step in digital reading. It was only a matter of time before Google became one of the big players, afterall.
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