Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The 10,000-lb gorilla:
Trying out the Google eBookstore
The Twain book, like some others, is readable in either flowing text, or as a scanned document. The scanned version of the book preserves the look of the printed pages, but doesn’t allow the customization of the type. It’s nice to be able to choose.
You can find and buy ebooks from the Google eBookstore or from a growing list of independent booksellers including Powell’s and Alibris, as well as smaller local “indie” stores. You can choose where to buy eBooks like you choose where to buy pBooks, and keep them all on the same eBookshelf regardless of where you got them.
Since 2004, Google has digitized more than 15 million books from more than 35,000 publishers, more than 40 libraries, and more than 100 countries in more than 400 languages. This huge repository of knowledge and culture will continue to be searchable in the research section alongside the ebookstore on Google.