On Monday, Google launched its ebook store, allowing readers to purchase or download free ebooks from the world’s largest selection of ebooks, across a variety of supported devices and reader apps: Nook, Sony, Android, the Web. (Those that support the Adobe eBook platform. But not my Kindle.)
Today I am introducing it to 12th grade honors English as one option for choosing their upcoming independent read. (We’ll start with the Free Classics shelf.)
The Google folks explain how the new store works:
Access all your ebooks wirelessly, no matter where you go. Google eBooks stores your library in the digital cloud, so you can read all of your favorite books using just about any device with an Internet connection. Google eBooks is compatible with Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, web browsers and many supported eReaders. Whenever you open one of your books, we’ll pick up right where you left off.
The site highlights nearly 3 million free ebooks and hundreds of thousands of titles available for purchase, including titles on the New York Times best sellers list, author debuts, top rated, and best of the free. It can be browsed by topic and genre. Users download the appropriate reader app and the cloud-based system automatically saves page positions and syncs across devices. Google eBooks are stored within your Google account. Titles may also be downloaded for reading offline.
Books may be purchased directly from the Google ebook store or from a growing number of Google’s retail partners, including:
Because the ebook store is fully integrated with your main Google account, any devoted Gmailer or serious Google Docs user, who is also a devoted reader, is going to become instantly connected to this site. It offers choice galore and convenience–just go to “books” under the “more” pulldown menu whenever you are Googling around.
I have a feeling this is going to be big with both students and teachers, especially for English and history.