Yesterday Google announced the all new Google eBookstore. Google boasts over 3 million titles in its store, many of which are free. Major publishers as well as indies have signed on. Supported eBook formats include EPUB and PDF, which, as you might guess, leaves Amazon partially out as the Kindle does not support the EPUB format (the Kindle does, however, support PDF). Books purchased or downloaded from the eBookstore can be read on Android, iPhone, and iPad devices, as well as over the web.
Google's eBookstore is a direct attack on the dominance of both Amazon's Kindle store and Apple's iBooks initiative, launched earlier this year alongside the release of the iPad. While there's no denying the force that is Google, a quick perusal of the store showed some notable discrepancies (no search filtering by price, for one). Still, from the perspective of competition, this is a huge step in the right direction for consumers.
One of the best things about the Google eBookstore: anyone can publish with them, including major publishers, indies, and individual authors through the Google Books Partner Program. Clearly I'm going to have to revisit my Selling Your eBook Without a Publisher series with a new entry discussing the in's and out's of publishing with Google (look for that soon). The sign-up process is easy (I've already done it), but I'll need to spend some time actually uploading my eBooks there.
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