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Google Enters eBook Game


December 7, 2010
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Google has entered the eBook sales game with its own offering called Google eBooks (not to be confused with Google Books, which digitizes and catalogues books out of libraries).

Google eBooks so far is available for the U.S. market only and is aimed to directly compete with Amazon’s Kindle store. Unlike the Kindle store, however, Google eBooks are designed to support a wide range of devices and allows users to read books “in the cloud” which means one can access purchased books through their Google account.

According to Google, more than 3-million eBooks are available through its store. While Canadians can browse the store and even download free and public-domain books, paid books are unavailable for the time being.

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The company’s Website explains, “Google eBooks are currently only available for sale to users located in the United States. We are working hard to expand the countries in which Google eBooks are available and offer this new product to readers around the world, and appreciate your continued interest.”


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