It’s been quite a for e-books. On Monday Google launched their new eBookstore which boasts over 3 million titles (watch the overview video). Google’s approach is somewhat unique in that they are emphasizing the “openness” of their titles which can be read in a browser, Android device, iOS device, Sony Reader and Barnes and Noble Nook. Noticeably absent is Amazon’s Kindle. Google also offers to sync the pages you’ve read across you’re multiple devices, much as the Kindle does between the actual Kindle and Kindle apps which are available for PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7.
Not to be outdone, Amazon updated it’s Kindle for the Web reader on Tuesday allowing users to read full titles online instead of samples, which the reader was previously limited to. Supposedly this feature was already in line to be announced, but I’m sure Google’s event on Monday increased Amazon’s urgency.
Last on the list is an announcement from the Internet Archive and the Open Library project. They’ve beefed up their online BookReader to include features like text-to-speech, better sharing options, iOS touch and iPad support, and better searching. There are over 2 million titles now in the Open Library catalog, however not all of them are available as e-books.
In my opinion Amazon and Google are now the most important e-book vendors to watch with Apple coming up a close third with iBooks. Do you have a favorite platform or device? If so, share it in the comments!
Google eBookStore – http://books.google.com/ebooks
Amazon Kindle for the Web (beta) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_short_webvanity?docId=1000579091
Open Library – http://openlibrary.org/