With the cry 'books, unbound' and a brand new webreader that will be supported on every laptop, Google launched an eBookstore on 6th December. This also puts them in the race of ebooks with Apple, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and so on. With the eBookstore, you can read eBooks on the Web, Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and other supported eReaders.
What is unique and novel about the eBookstore is that you do not have to download a file if you want to read on your computer, phone or tablet. Using the webreader, you can now simply click the read button on any free or purchased ebooks, to read online. Plus, once you open your book using the Google mobile reader apps, your book will connect to your device and you can continue reading it online or offline. Yes! no more carrying books around, you can store your books in the 'cloud'.
Google executives also describes the ebookstore as an “open ecosystem” that will offer more than three million books, including hundreds of thousands for sale and millions free. It also has more than 4,000 publishers, including big names like Random House, Macmillan and Simon & Shuster who have made books available for sale through Google. Many of them are priced identically to those of other e-bookstores.
So now customers can open an account for buying books, store them in a central online, password-protected library and read them on personal computers, tablets, smartphones and e-readers etc. This means a user could start reading an e-book on an iPad at home, continue reading the same book on an Android phone on the subway and then pick it up again on a Web browser at the office, with the book opening each time to the place where the user left off. Also the apps feature: information about book, text size, typeface, line space adjustments, free book samples and a worry free archive.