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Google eBookstore launches with 3-million books

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December

Google launched their long-awaited eBookstore today with 3-million books and many classic free books. Offering seamless continuation of your reading from mobile device to desktop, Google stores your library in a digital cloud so you can start reading on your phone, continue on your tablet and finish on your desktop computer or other Internet-connected device. Basically, if you're online, your library is available. No more dependence on a certain ebook reader.

Apps are available now for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader. The big difference, however, is the addition of a web-based reader. Providing this option eliminates the need for special hardware and will make electronic books more attractive to many.

And it's interesting to note that since the Amazon's Kindle does not yet support the ePub format, books purchased at the Google eBookstore are not compatible on the Kindle. Multiple sites are now reporting Amazon will announce a web-based Kindle reader tomorrow.

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Here's a look at "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" on my iPhone, one of the free books available.

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[Last modified: Monday, December 6, 2010 8:20pm]

    

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