Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) on Monday launched its e-book
store, offering more than 3 million titles, initially to U.S. users, who will
be able to access titles from any Web-connected device. The number of available
titles includes around 200,000 for which Google has obtained licensed from
publishers; the other 2.8 million include out-of-copyright titles in the public
domain that Google has scanned as part of its six-year-old Google Books
Newer titles available from the store today include James
Patterson’s "Cross Fire" and Jonathan Franzen’s "Freedom."
Consumers can also choose to purchase titles offered by Google via the websites
of independent bookseller partners including Powell’s, Alibris and
participating members of the American Booksellers Association.
lets users read e-book titles via a Google eBooks Web Reader, as well as via
free applications for Android and Apple devices.
"Launching Google eBooks
is an initial step toward giving you greater access to the vast variety of
information and entertainment found in books," Google Books product
manager Abraham Murray wrote in a post on the company’s blog.