Google eBooks read them anyway you want and the best part most of them are free

There’s a huge chance that when Google came up with Google eBooks, they weren’t really looking into toppling competitors (though it looks like things are going in that direction).


Instead, they simply wanted to obtain a slice of the eBook market.

But Google, like in its every endeavor, does it so well it wouldn’t be long before they gobble up the competition and dominate the market.

An Overview of Google eBooks

Google eBooks doesn’t really offer e-book readers per se. Instead they’re giving you books, a lot of which are completely free. However, unlike other online bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, titles in Google eBooks are stored in the cloud or over the Web. For any voracious reader, this is definitely good news. One doesn’t have to delete books in order to free up more space. There’s no need to be depended on expendable storage spaces. Most of all, the cloud storage permits the user to view and read books anytime and anywhere.

This is also the reason why Google eBooks is so versatile. As you’ll learn later on, the books can already be viewed in Android-run devices, Web,certain ebook readers, and Apple devices.

For you to take advantage of this feature, however, you need to have a Google account. The good news is Google also allows you to have only one account for everything. If you already have a Gmail account, you can use it to access the Google bookstore. 

The Kinds of Books You Can Read

So far, Google already has millions of book titles to choose from. Some of them are free and are public domains. This means they are no longer protected by intellectual property laws. Majority of them are those that have been written hundreds of years ago, such as the works of Shakespeare. They can be used and reused by anyone in whatever way they deem fit. A lot of these books, moreover, come from renowned offices and museums. Most recently, Google has partnered with the British Library. Google will digitize 40 million titles published between 1700 and 1870 and then uploaded in Google eBooks. Once this is completed, users can read them in various multimedia devices or reading platforms.

There are close to 3 million free eBooks in Google’s virtual bookshop, and some are available for purchase. You’ll know it by the Purchase button found on the book page. Moreover, usually these books have limited or no preview option. However, you can read the summary to know more about it.

A lot of these titles have already made it to the New York Times Best Sellers List, and a number are created by up-and-coming authors. Also, though these books are available through portable devices such as e-book readers, they can still be read over the Web. If you don’t have access to the Internet, you can purchase them from well-known retailers, such as ALibris and Powell’s Books, as well as independent bookshops. You can view the list here: Indiebound.

As for page quality, some are in flowing text while others are originally scanned. The former is a much better choice since you have comprehensive control of the typeface, including size, paragraph alignment, and line spaces. 

How to Read Google’s eBooks

One of the greatest advantage of Google eBooks over Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for example, is they are not dependent on certain eBook readers. In fact, they are not exclusive. The only reason why some eBook readers cannot be read using your dedicated reading device is it is not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions software, which you have to download. Any Tablet PC running the Android has access to the eBooks such as the Motorola Tablet PC Xoom or the Samsung Tablet PC Galaxy Tab 


Ebooks from Google have been optimized for smartphones or are fitted for mobile devices, provided they run via Android. Google suggests the Android should be at least 2.1. Android users of 2.1 to 2.3 can take advantage of more than 16,000 books. They can also adjust the view through the text size, line space, justification, and type face, as well as download free samples. On the other hand, if you’re using the Honeycomb Android, which is dependent on 3.0, you can view the book titles in 3D carousel, giving a visually appealing and convenient option of picking out books. Titles can also be viewed in two orientations: landscape and portrait. The multi-touch option allows you to zoom in and out the pages. 

Apple Products

Apple products are not compatible with Android (which is owned by Google), you can still view and read Google eBooks. There are only two requirements. First the device should be anApple iPad (read why Apple iPad is a great eReader), iPod Touch, or an iPhone. Moreover, the firmware should be iOS 3.0 and above. The minimum number of book titles that can be stored is 8,000 titles. You can also search titles in the Mobile eBookstore as well as locate words within the book. Users can adjust not just the typeface but also the size and line space. Other features include night-reading mode and offline reading. 

Ebook Readers

Two of the well-known eBook readers that are compatible with Google eBooks are the Nook from Barnes and Noble and the Sony eBook Reader line. These two fully support Adobe eBook platform. To view the books, make sure you have successfully installed Adobe Digital Editions software. For instructions, visit for Nook and for Sony Reader


Google eBooks are a great addition to your eBook library. Millions of eBooks available for free. You can read them in various ways; always have accessing to them because they are stored on the web. Download one today and see for yourself.