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Google Books adds +1 for books, support for UK readers, and search

October 6, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



It is my honour to report that the grey skies that previously fell upon Android in the United Kingdom have turned to a Citeh colour of blue. Google Books now works in the UK.

Every time that we write about Google Books, our British readers make a note that it still isn’t available in their nation. We never knew exactly what was taking so long for Google to flip the switch, but readers on the other side of the pond can finally access Google eBooks, the public domain and books-for-sale library that was previously U.S.-only.

And how will you read those new books? Through the Google Books app, of course. Anyone using Android 2.1-2.3 devices will be able to store up to 16,000 ebooks, adjust text size and format, and read in a night mode. Tablet owners (Android 3.0+) can get those same features, only it will also support offline reading, a 3D carousel for browsing, and 3D animated page turns. Head to the Android Market to get started. I can think of a good book to get going.

Other changes to the updated Google books include the ability to +1 a book while reading, search within a book, landscape mode for flowing text, and better support for 7-inch tablets. We’ll see if these features are good enough to pull people away from Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook stores/readers.

[Google] - Thanks, Mark

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