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Google Makes 1.5 Million eBooks Available For iPhone, Android

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 6, 2009 in Technology
Thanks to Google, now you can read millions of Bbooks for free in iPhone and Android phones. You don’t need a dedicated reader like Kindle to read books anymore.
If you already have an iPhone, Android phones or any smartphones with JavaScript application, you can start reading 1.5 million books for free. Google is making these books available free through its main book site, books.google.com. For mobile option click http://books.google.com/m.
All the books that are available via Google are available in public domain, books published before 1923. If you love reading classic literature or history books, then you will find this useful.
Google’s Viresh Ratnakar, Frances Haugen, Guillaume Ponci, Brandon Badger made this announcement in their blog:
"What if you could also access literature's greatest works, such as Emma and The Jungle Book, right from your phone?...Or, some of the more obscure gems such as Mark Twain's hilarious travelogue, Roughing It? Today we are excited to announce the launch of a mobile version of Google Book Search, opening up over 1.5 million mobile public domain books for you to browse while buying your postage."
All these books are available in sites such as Project Gutenberg, but reading them on your mobiles phones is very difficult. Google has made it easier by making all their eBooks mobile friendly.
In October 2008, Google had to pay $125 million in settlement fees to the publishers for digitizing their books online. Now Google provides "buy" links and allows limited search of new books. Google’s book site was mainly started to allow book searches so users can find favorite quotes or lines from books. But now it is morphing to new areas by making the whole books available online.
You can either read the books in your computer at http://books.google.com or in your iPhone/Android phones at http://books.google.com/m. Plus you can still search inside the book or the entire site.
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