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Google adds Books to the Android Market webstore

February 24, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Android, Google

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Google previously secured a Books landing page in the Android Market website, and that page has just been updated to support eBooks on Android. The new web store shows thousands of paid and free books that can be read through the Google Books Android app.

The bookstore (market.android.com/books) acts similar to the Android Market because it can be browsed according to section; there are currently 20 topics. And when someone finds an interesting book, it can instantly be purchased or sent to that person’s queue. The Google Books Android application will then download it if the user has enabled sync.

The launch is available only to users in the United States at the moment. With today’s release of the Motorola Xoom, and the coming wave of other Honeycomb Android tablets, now is the perfect time for Google to launch a better storefront for its eBooks library. While it’s good to have Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook support, a strong default option will go a long way in improving Android tablets as digital readers. The Google Books app for Honeycomb is beautiful and deserved to have a better organized store than the previous website.

Go ahead and browse the Google Bookstore, but don’t forget to come back and read our site from time to time. Be sure to also update to the most recent version of Google Books on Android to ensure that your sync works properly.