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December 6, 2010

Google eBooks: Yet another ebooks platform! Yippee!

google-ebookstore.gifToday, Google unveiled "Google eBooks", with its own online bookstore and a selection of 3 million books that will undoubtedly grow.

The service will allow you to read an ebook on virtually any electronic/computing device with a Web browser. iPhones, Android phones, computers, iPads, and Nook and Sony e-readers -- all presumably will have access to Google eBooks. And there's no limit on how many ebooks you can store.

It's a cloud-based book service that Google claims is the largest in the world -- they also have a lot of free books which they've been accumulating since 2004 as part of their Google Books effort. A Google blog post today officially announced the service, which had been expected for awhile.

Book lovers of the electronic persuasion now have a ton of options for accessing ebooks. Apple has their iBooks platform, which right now is only for Apple devices. Amazon's Kindle is both a device and a platform.

The Kindle electronic reader is a platform available not only on the Amazon device, but also on smartphones and computers. And of course you have other ebooks options from competitors like Barnes and Noble.

Right now, however, Amazon and, to a lesser extent, Apple, have a lead in the ebooks space. I wonder how difficult it will be for Google to attract loyal customers without offering a dedicated e-reader device, the way Amazon offers the Kindle and Apple has its iPad.

Will discerning e-book customers be satisfied with the Web browser experience when it comes to reading ebooks? We'll see.


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 1:16 PM | | Comments (1)
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I've never used any of thes devices. I work for a county library and still enjoy the old-fashioned kind of books.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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