Google Books launches in UK – Android app now accessible too

Google UK has finally launched Google Books in the UK, ending the annoying period of US exclusivity for its e-reader ambitions. And this also means the Google eBooks Android app has now been unlocked for international distribution, so we can all fire it up and have a play with the paid and out-of-copyright freebies. The two million out-of-copyright freebies, according to Google…

Readers in the UK now have access to the world’s largest ebooks collection, with hundreds of thousands of ebooks for sale – from major UK publishers like Hachette, Random House and Penguin – as well as more than two million public domain ebooks for free.

Android 2.1 or higher is required to make the Android app work. Here it is…

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…and as you can see, we now get access to the Android Market Books section through the app – but the web-based Android Market isn’t yet showing Books section for us through the desktop browser.

Get Google Books on the Android Market here.

13 ResponsesLeave one →

  1. interesting news you sharing.

  2. oddbin

     /  October 6, 2011

    I was just on my way over here to tip this. Roll on movies music and tv!

  3. MetalMickey

     /  October 6, 2011

    Looks like the market has been updated on my SGS2 as well just had the terms & conditions pop up again(like when you first register your phone) Looks a lot cleaner & faster, there have been a lot of people moaning about how slow it was after the past few updates, due to being too much like the tablet version crammed into a phone. I like it better now.

    • MetalMickey

       /  October 6, 2011

      scrap that, looks like it was just a homepage, clicking on a tab takes you back to the other one…damn!

  4. Sim

     /  October 7, 2011

    This might sound trivial.. but why are there no ereader apps that do the cool page turn effect?

    • Gary_C

       /  October 7, 2011

      Apple patent?

    • To be honest I thought Cool Reader did but it’s been a while since I used it. Why you’d want it I don’t know because it just slows you down.

    • oddbin

       /  October 7, 2011

      Cool reader does. The htc book reader does too. Tbh you get bored of it quickly or just stop payig attention to it.

    • Anon

       /  October 7, 2011

      Didn’t Laputa do it?

  5. NS

     /  October 10, 2011

    Watch out! According to the numerous comments on Android Market, once you install this you can’t uninstall it! I passed so I can’t confirm this.

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