The long rumored Google eBooks service appears to have gone live today... somewhat. The service allows you to not only read books on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, but on the web or on Android phones, Nook, and Sony devices. The iOS webpage boasts over 8,000 titles already available for download.
The only problem right now is the fact that the native app isn't currently available for iPhone or iPad yet. (I'm getting the "The item you've requested is not currently available in the US Store" error but we'll update when that's sorted out.)
Also, Google is using Adobe DRM for their eBooks so while they won't be compatible with iBooks (FairPlay) or Kindle, they will be compatible with other stores and readers that support Adobe Content Server 4.
If any of you guys have tried out Google eBooks, let us know what you think!
Update: Looks like the app is now available in the US app store under Google Books
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It may use a fail system, but you know what? I'm okay with that for now. Its a start, and I trust google a hell of a lot more than amazon.
I was wondering what DRM they were using. Their blog posting didn't say. I'll skip it. Only DRM-free ePubs for me. I don't trust Amazon or Google/Adobe. It's interesting how Adobe jumped right in bed with Google after Apple spurned them.
If it doesn't integrate with iBooks I dont care.
I've downloaded it on my Nexus and tried it out.
Overall, it's not "fancy", but it works. And that's what I want from an eReader. I don't need graphics coming out at 3D level.
The cloud sync, the one account tap in (for Android users at least), the buy anywhere model...that makes this great in my opinion.
They have a lot to do in furthering the app itself though. But it's a good start.
The app downloaded for me from the iTunes store. App is called Google Books. Interesting thing, it seems to link it with your Google e-mail account. The scary thing there is the lack of support/recourse if your account gets hacked or killed by Google. The more linked to your account, the more you are screwed if it is lost.
@Redshirt yeah it is google books, i updated the article a bit ago. when i searched this morning it didn't show up yet and when i clicked the link from google's page, it still wasn't available, it is now though.
The app does not seem to support landscape mode for reading... Lame.
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