December 6, 2010 | by Michael Heller
The Google eBookstore has launched along with apps for Android 2.1 or higher, and iOS 3.0 or higher, and support for browsers, Nook eReaders and Sony Readers. The site says that the books aren’t compatible with Kindle yet, but that Google is “open to supporting them in the future.” The store claims to have launched with about 200,000 books available for purchase, and nearly 3 million free public domain books, but the actual number seems to be far less than that right now, but is growing continuously. Users will be able to read Google eBooks across any browser or supported device and have their progress saved, to allow continuous reading.
The Android app, simply titled “Books”, is clean and easy to navigate. It has the standard features one would want in a reader, with the ability to change between a day and night theme, change the font size, style, and spacing. It also allows easy jumping through the table of contents in books. For purchases, the app will bounce you out to your favorite browser to search through the store and grab what you want. The books for purchase range in price from $1 to $300, but most new arrivals seem to be in the $10-15 range. Unfortunately, the app cannot be used as a replacement for an eReader like Aldiko. Only books purchased in the Google eBookstore can be read in the app.
To browse through the books, just jump over to the store. And, don’t forget to grab the Android app. It is available only in the United States at the moment.