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December 7, 2010

Google unveils new eBooks store, competes with Amazon, Apple

Electronics books from Google can be read on any device unlike Amazon and Apple

By CBR Staff Writer

Google has opened its own digital bookstore Google eBooks, which the company says will have more than 3 million volumes available for access and download.

Putting its steps in the fast-growing market for electronic books, Google claims that it has created one of the largest online catalogues.

The eBook store will feature hundreds of thousands of titles for sale from major and minor publishers, including Random House and Hachette Book Group, and will also include free books that are public-domain works.

Google said that unlike ebookstores in Amazon.com and Apple, the electronic books at Google can be read on most devices and not just on those that the seller manufactures.

Its ebooks can be read on a number of tablet and e-reader devices, including Android-based smart phones like the Droid X and e-ink devices, and Apple’s iPad and iPhone.

Since 2004, Google has digitised about 15 million books, which is nearly 12% of the world’s estimated 129 million books, the search giant claims.

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The company will allow readers to keep their books stored on remote servers in the so-called cloud, enabling them to read a single book on a variety of devices.

Google will sell the books through its eBookStore and online bookstores, which will add a Google e-book sales widget to their websites.

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