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Google's long-awaited e-reader service has gone semi-live this morning. It's not called Google Editions as previously believed. Books and are available online, and Android, the iPhone and iPod touch, the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony eReader.

You'll need be running at least Android 2.1 to take advantage. (The good news is that some 83 percent of all Android phones are at least on Eclair.)

The store has some 3 million books available, with many around the $9.99 point that we're used to on Amazon. We'll give this the full what-for once the Android app is live in the Market. [Google eBooks via Google Mobile Blog]

Update: The Android app is now live, and download links are after the break.

 
There are 15 comments

Beatnik says:

Google eBooks app is Not available in my country, I bought my Nexus One on february, and since then the paid apps and other apps on the market are not available for Latin American countries (except Mexico, Brasil, not sure about Argentina and Chile). Maybe it's time to Root my Nexus One and install Market enabler?

jmg_EVO21 says:

Yes... happened all the time with WebOS users... what a shame (borders creating borders in the e-world...)

downloading now. Hope it's nice as I already use their books on my desktop for quick browsing on the go while traveling.

Meh. Here's the deal. I can't go back to a normal screen. I'm sorry but I've been spoiled with e-ink and 2-3 weeks of battery life. And since there are no android tablets that are e-ink and support this app, I'll have to pass. Its either Nook or Kindle.

Beatnik says:

Maybe you should wait for Notion Ink Adam double display (eReader and normal dislpay).

Possibly. However we have been waiting so long for the Ink that until I actually see it ship I'm calling vaporware.

recluse says:

No app available on uk market so is it only available on 2.2?

I like the appearance of the app, however few problems:

1. No text selection
2. No dictionary look up

...Hopefully those get patched, make it much nicer to use.

jmg_EVO21 says:

I am impressed (from original pages to tex) - what will this do to venerable gutenberg site??

Oh yeah, changes will be forthcoming, anyplace for feedback?

jmg_EVO21 says:

I am impressed (from original pages to tex) - what will this do to venerable gutenberg site??

Oh yeah, changes will be forthcoming, anyplace for feedback?

EvanGMan says:

Without text selection or dictionary lookup, I don't see any incentive to move over from Kindle.

tim242 says:

For those looking for the app: It is called Google Books, not ebooks.

sota767 says:

Eh, it's a passable ereader app, but it's no Aldiko that's for sure. Google still has a long way to go in this area.

E_man says:

Agreed. I was hoping to see google really make a great ereader. They haven't yet.

Wesley1 says:

The app isn't available for 2.2.in UK :(

phrozen087 says:

Is there any way to sideload books on this app? I have quite a few books and am not really intrigued at the thought of buying them a second time. Guess I'll wait on this for now.