Google opens their eBookstore

Google has finally opened the Google eBookstore offering a little more competition in the ebook space. Google executives describe the store as an "open ecosystem" with millions of free and paid books from over 4000 publishers.

Tom Turvey, the director for strategic partnerships at Google said:

“We really think it’s important that the book business have this open diversity of retail points, just like it does in print. We want to make sure we maintain that and support that.”

The eBookstore offers support for a range of devices. They support the iPod, iPad, Android devices and a large list of eBook readers including the Nook. Google is also partnering with independent books stores to sell the eBooks.

Oren Teicher, the chief executive of the American Booksellers Association, told the New York Times:

"This levels the playing field. If you want to buy e-books, you don’t just have to buy them from the big national outlets.”

Amazon has been the king of ebook sales but with Google getting into the game they could face some serious competition. The potential competition is getting publishers excited. Amazon knows that they are a dominate force in the ebook industry and they have been using that dominance to push publishers around causing several disputes. Amazon has even gone so far as to say that they will stop selling books from smaller publishers if they were to go to the Apple iBookstore.

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Apparently Google does this better than Amazon with regards to page numbers as they echo the paper prints number order so it's good for referencing over Kindle versions. I think that's a nice touch to keep things in line with the real books.

Great, but NOT AVAILABLE ON THE KINDLE.
Also, a small note. Why is it 'ebooks' yet AP/MW etc still use 'e-mail' - every time you drop a hyphen God resurrects a kitten; thank you.

dancedar said,
Great, but NOT AVAILABLE ON THE KINDLE.
Also, a small note. Why is it 'ebooks' yet AP/MW etc still use 'e-mail' - every time you drop a hyphen God resurrects a kitten; thank you.

LMFAO ^

Scout82 said,
This is an extremely LATE news feed...Google eBooks has been out for almost a week now.

^ stop with the moaning, you obviously have another resource for news - I like Neowin's reporting and the discussions after.

xXTOKERXx said,

^ stop with the moaning, you obviously have another resource for news - I like Neowin's reporting and the discussions after.

I dont know man this is seriously not "news" at this point. There really isnt any excuse for neowin being this late esp since the google ebookstore was big news on pretty much every tech site out there.

discussion is another thing but this is really being presented as if it is news.

Pimpster said,

I dont know man this is seriously not "news" at this point. There really isnt any excuse for neowin being this late esp since the google ebookstore was big news on pretty much every tech site out there.

discussion is another thing but this is really being presented as if it is news.

True, I suppose. I like reading about things like this (regardless if its "news" or not) but sometimes there are things that dont make the news page that I feel definitely should. These stories make it to the forums but I'd like to see them make it to the front page sometimes.

este said,
Books... lol!

Win!

And on another note, the screen on kindles makes it look like those fake mobile phones you used to see in shops

Teebor said,

Win!

And on another note, the screen on kindles makes it look like those fake mobile phones you used to see in shops


You mean those phones that had a fake paper screen? Gee I wonder why they would want the screen to look like paper...

giantpotato said,

You mean those phones that had a fake paper screen? Gee I wonder why they would want the screen to look like paper...
Same reason why anyone without a girlfriend would pay for a Girlfriend experience.

MI6Labs said,
I may start using this... if only there was something that could mimic using a real book though!

The latest ebooks with the E-Ink are really good. I bought the g/f a Kindle and it is freaky the way the display is so flat if that makes sense. It's nothing like an electrical device screen.

AbandonedTrolley said,
The latest ebooks with the E-Ink are really good. I bought the g/f a Kindle and it is freaky the way the display is so flat if that makes sense. It's nothing like an electrical device screen.

Well said. I can't imagine that Google won't come out with their own direct competitor to Kindle. Maybe it will use Chrome OS? Exciting stuff!