“Google Inc. on Monday threw down its newest gauntlet in the tech industry, launching its long-awaited online bookstore as a shot against the offerings from Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc.,” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch.
“Google says its e-book store has more than 3 million titles, many of which are free, from almost 4,000 publishers, including Simon & Schuster Inc. and Random House. Additionally, Google will let independent bookstores sell books through their own sites on the [Google eBookstore],” Crum reports. “‘Launching Google eBooks is an initial step toward giving you greater access to the vast variety of information and entertainment found in books,’ said Abraham Murray, product manager of Google Books, in a posting in the company’s official blog.”
Crum reports, “The main feature of the Google initiative is that it uses a cloud-hosting environment that allows customers to buy and store their books with Google, as opposed to downloading and storing books on traditional electronic reading devices. Google also launched an application that it says allows its e-book offerings to be read on Apple’s iPad and iPhone products.”
MacDailyNews Take: Apple makes their money on hardware. This does nothing but add value to Apple’s hardware. Therefore Google is not throwing a “gauntlet” at Apple. More info and download link for Google’s free Google Books app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.
Crum reports, “However, Google e-books can’t be loaded or read on Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader.”
MacDailyNews Take: You want something that works with everything? You want Apple’s revolutionary iPad, of course.
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MacDailyNews Note: Google’s iOS app description says there is an “Offline reading mode,” so it seems that Internet connectivity is not required to be able to read the content.
Here’s Google’s video introduction: