One of the main benefits of Google’s just-launched eBookstore is that you can read your free and for-pay eBooks on a wide range of devices, ranging from the iPad and the Nook to a laptop or any phone with a modern mobile browser. Don’t count on reading any purchased digital volumes from Google on your Kindle, however, reports Yahoo News. The long-awaited Google eBookstore finally opened its doors Monday, boasting hundreds of thousands of titles from big-name publishers like Penguin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and Hachette Book Group, as well as thousands of independent and individual book publishers. Prices for bestselling books typically fall between $9.99 and $14.99, about what you’d expect to pay on Amazon’s Kindle store, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble’s online Nook storefront. Millions of free eBooks are also available. The big difference between Google and its competitors, though–well, besides the fact that Google won’t be selling its own dedicated eReader (unless, I suppose, you count Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab)–is that you can read free and purchased eBooks on just about any device with a Javascript-enabled web browser, from basic “feature” phones to laptops and desktops. Google is also releasing custom eBook apps for iOS devices, such as the iPad and the iPhone, as well as for Android handsets (naturally)…

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Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.

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