Google Intros eBookstore

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Google officially jumped into the ebook game on Monday with the introduction of its Google eBookstore service. The new online store positions Google to compete with Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon’s Kindle, and other ebook services.

Google’s eBookstore

According to Google, it already has over three million titles available for download, and the company is teaming up with other book sellers like Alibris and Powell’s so users can download books from those services as well.

“We designed Google eBooks to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks—everything from laptops to netbooks to tablets to smartphones to e-readers,” the company said.

Google is sticking with its cloud-based services idea with the eBookstore, too. “With the new Google eBooks Web Reader, you can buy, store and read Google eBooks in the cloud,” Google Books product manager Abraham Murray said. “That means you can access your ebooks like you would messages in Gmail or photos in Picasa—using a free, password-protected Google account with unlimited ebooks storage.”

The company is touting support for its own Android platform, as well as the Nook, Sony ebook readers, and the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad as well. Google’s iOS-based reader apps aren’t, however, available in Apple’s App Store yet. Users can read books on their computer, too, via their Web browser.

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I can’t help but think if Apple and Google had not had a small parting of the ways and had continued to collaborate, they’d now own the Internet. Google’s size gives them lots of leverage, but their interface design leaves a LOT to be desired. Together, they could have rolled out an e-bookstore that crushed the competition for a good long while.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Tiger, what you are about to find out is that you can indeed put lipstick on a pig. What you can’t do is put lipstick on a pig that isn’t there. Google will be quite dominant in the Internet service space because they actually bring a pig to the table. Apple is just bringing lipstick, and until they figure out that pigs need lipstick, they’ll be a bit player in Internet services and not be able to offer devices that truly take advantage of them.


Yeah, Apple is really failing aren’t they? Failing in sales, failing in market share. Not a great Internet Service.

That’s some pretty bad lipstick huh?

Oh, what a failure.


Answering an Envyboy, only encourages it to snort on and on and on.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

@Tiger: Here’s a flock of pigs who won’t even line up for the lipstick treatment.


Leave Brad alone! He’s happy on the Brad planet!

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