One big difference with Google’s eBook store from competitors–thanks to the library scans–tons of free ebooks. For instance, there’s A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens and Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen for free. Full ARTICLE @ TechnologyLIVE
So what e-Reader do you have and will Google’s eBooks work?
Smartphones. You can download and install the Google Books reading app for free on any US Android phone (version 2.1 (Eclair) or later) or on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. (iOS 3.0 or later).
eReader devices. Google eBooks can be read with any dedicated eBook reader that supports the Adobe eBook platform, including the Barnes & Noble Nook™ and Readers™ from Sony. More than 85 devices support the Adobe eBook platform today including Reader™ from Sony devices (PRS-300 – PRS-700), Aluratek Libre, Astak EZ Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook™ and Nook Color™, BeBook, Bookeen, COOL-ER, Elonex eBook, HanLin eBook, IREX Digital Reader, Neolux Nuut, and more. Please see the full list of Adobe eBook Platform supported devices.
Amazon Kindle. Currently, Google eBooks are not compatible with Amazon Kindle devices, though we are open to supporting them in the future.
Looks like they have a very nice management piece included with multiple book shelves to sort and store both your purchased and Free e-books. Will have to play with it a bit to get a better idea of how th manager works.
I am surprised that they don’t have Kindle support which will close off today about 72% of e-readers on the market! Might be trying to get the Store up and running for the holidays!
The e-Reader market just keeps getting more complicated… Lots of new readers coming with different formats and how do you make the right choice – do you wait – do you buy for Christmas this year?
Well Google might just make that choice a little easier and it might be before the end of the year. They are going to have an online service where you can obtain your books for any of the multiple formats out there. If they do this right many of the current makers of e-Readers might just have a hard time selling books for their products since Google will most likely have much larger selection and hopefully really competitive priced products. Well we will just have to wait and see….
That’s my two cents on the subject!
via Dr. Diane Hamilton’s Blog
I have been planning on putting something very similar to this post on the blog for sometime, but just have not put all the information together. Why re-create the wheel, this article is very good and has most of the information I wanted to include and then some.
Great post with a lots of information
via Dr. Diane Hamilton’s Blog
Reading the following article from the New York Times I was surprised so many kids are not looking at E-books, but would rather carry 10lbs book around the campus. It is for sure a change in mind-set and study habits even for kids who use technology all day long. Some of the comments made did surprise me a little.
Similarly I started listening to audio books a few years ago and I love it today. I started to do this not because of the technology, but because I just couldn’t find the time to read a paperback. This allowed me to continue doing something I loved, it was something I had to get used to and it is a different experience. My daughter who has grown up with technology love’s to read and wants to have the physical book in her hand, she don’t want to listen to or use an E-reader – though she has not tried either and at this point she doesn’t want to even try it.
According to the National Association of College Stores, digital books make up just under 3 percent of textbook sales, although the association expects that share to grow to 10 percent to 15 percent by 2012 as more titles are made available as e-books.
In two recent studies — one by the association and another by the Student Public Interest Research Groups, a national advocacy network — three-quarters of the students surveyed said they still preferred a bound book to a digital version.
Many students are reluctant to give up the ability to flip quickly between chapters, write in the margins and highlight passages, although new software applications are beginning to allow students to use e-textbooks that way.
I have no idea why this wouldn’t have been done a long time ago. This is a great advantage and one that both eBook users and non-eBook readers can use. I know I have ordered many books on-line and you can’t flip through read a little like you could in the store.
This is not the same experience as holding the book in a book store, but it’s getting there….. I will have to load up the application tonight and try it out. I have been reading (listening) to audio books for sometime and the service I use is Audible – which for most books allows you to listen to a sample of the book. This lets you to hear a bit of the book and something that is key for audio books is you get to test drive the reader of the book – that person can make or break even a good book. Audio is a different experience, but I have come to love it as much as sitting and reading a book.