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Google Ebookstore Opens For Business

Google Ebookstore Opens For Business - On Monday, Google launched its long-rumored and long-awaited e-book store, dubbed the Google ebookstore.

Readers can browse 3 million titles from some 4,000 publishers, including Random House, Harper Collins, McGraw-Hill, Simon and Shuster, Macmillan, Hachette, and more. Many will be in the public domain, but "hundreds of thousands" are available for purchase.

Google has provided a Web reader, but there are also requisite Android and iOS apps. Turn on synchronization and your e-book reading position and "library" contents are synced across the Internet to your various readers.

In addition to its own store, Google has lined up some partners that also sell Google e-books, including Alibris, Powell's, and participating members of the American Booksellers Association. Buy anywhere, and they are all put on the same e-bookshelf.

In addition, you can download the book as a PDF or ePub file (ePub is an open e-book format). You can then print, share, or load the book on another device that doesn't have a Google app.

Google did not detail how revenue will be shared with book publishers and independent booksellers, except to note that the deals varied.

Google Ebookstore Opens For Business


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