Kindle won’t play nice with eBooks purchased from Google’s eBookstore

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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Google’s new eBook store: One store, any device

Watch out Amazon and move over Apple, because Google is about to launch its eBook store and it’s likely to change everything, reports ReadWriteWeb. Dubbed “Google Editions,” the store is said to have more than a half million titles that will be readable on nearly any device that can access the web… and it will be up and running before the end of the month.  According to The Wall Street Journal, the wait is finally over and Google’s eBook venture will be in the U.S. this month, with an international launch taking place by the first quarter of 2011. The store was expected to launch last summer, but was held up by several legal and technical hurdles.

The big news here, of course, is that Google’s version of the eBook is web-based and therefore device agnostic. That is, it doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone, iPad, Android, desktop, netbook or whatever else – as long as you can get on the web, you can read a book you buy from Google.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Users will be able to buy books directly from Google or from multiple online retailers–including independent bookstores–and add them to an online library tied to a Google account. They will be able to access their Google accounts on most devices with a web browser.”…Read More