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Google Ebooks E-reader Offers Free Titles to Download

Updated on May 1, 2012

Google eBookstore Available December 6, 2010

After much hoopla leading up to the opening of the search engine giant, Google, eBookstore became a reality on December 6, 2010. For now, the purchase of titles through this new online service is available only in the United States.

Having spent the previous six years digitizing over 15 million print publications, the company is tooting its own horn about being the largest online e-book provider on the Internet. On opening day, approximately 3 million titles are available for purchase and download through eBookstore. There is no word yet when more titles will be available.

Google placed its eBookstore in the Cloud service, meaning that no special tech device is needed to access the book store or its offerings. People can access their online books directly from a computer, through an iPad, iPhone, or iPod with touch and even through Barnes & Noble's Nook or Sony's eReader. Just don't try it with Amazon's Kindle--it isn't available there.

Visiting the first page of the eBookstore, accessed at http://books.google.com/ebooks, you can pick up three free titles: "Great Expectations," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Pride and Prejudice." Not a bad start to an online reading collection.

Many other classic books are also available free of charge to the site visitor.
In addition to the many digitized books, Google also has deals with a number of book publishers that will be making new titles available to eBookstore.
In truth, I prefer my book reading the old-fashioned way, but if I decide to try e-books, it will be through the Google eBookstore because I don't have to purchase any additional equipment or applications to enjoy my selections.

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Will E-Readers Replace Paper Books?

Will E-Readers Replace Paper Books?

It's difficult to give a straightforward answer to this question without qualifying it by saying there will doubtless always be paper books and the people who love them. For many others, e-readers are already very popular technology.

On June 1, 2011, Google announced that more than 2.5 million downloads of e-books have occurred since December 2010. There's no way to know that if e-readers were not available, would the public have bought or borrowed paper books to the same extent that they have downloaded e-books?

My guess is no, not to the same extent. We've become a technology-savvy culture, and many people would not be without their iPhones, notebooks, laptops or e-readers these days.

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    • L.L. Woodard profile imageAUTHOR

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Kikalina, I'm glad to hear you enjoy your Kindle. I've heard good things from a number of Kindle owners and am considering getting one for my mom.

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • kikalina profile image

      kikalina 

      6 years ago from Europe

      Excellent hub. I really love my kindle and wish I had more time to use it! Thanks for SHARING.

    • L.L. Woodard profile imageAUTHOR

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Mrslagibb, I hear you there. There are so many times I've gotten online with one idea in mind, but become sidetracked with other information I find along the way.

    • mrslagibb profile image

      Mrs L A Gibb 

      6 years ago

      Very imformative, I love to read also, I am back for more later, to see how to read books on line for free. Every time i find a good title I want, or a title I know about, I done quite seem to get there to read it. I either get passed on to another site or I lose the search altogether going from one site to another.

    • L.L. Woodard profile imageAUTHOR

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      SanneL, hope you find lots of great reading material.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      SanneL 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      This is wonderful information for someone like me, who loves to read. Thanks for SHARING!

    • L.L. Woodard profile imageAUTHOR

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Brett, I appreciate your read and comment as always.

      Thanks for SHARING

    • L.L. Woodard profile imageAUTHOR

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Tlmcgaa70, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you on that Ipad. There's nothing like being able to relax in a comfy chair and snuggle up with a good read, no matter what the format is.

      Thanks for the read and for SHARING.

    • tlmcgaa70 profile image

      tlmcgaa70 

      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      great hub...voted up and shared on facebook as well as my followers. i also prefer reading books the old fashioned way, but sometimes i do read them online, like when i want to read something now and do not wish for snail mail to send it to me. it is convenient, but reading from the computer screen can become uncomfortable to say the least. i would love to be able to afford an ipad. maybe someday.

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      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      Will be sharing this one, as everyone loves a freebie and so many have either a kindle or table now ... at the very least, they work on a PC!

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • L.L. Woodard profile imageAUTHOR

      L.L. Woodard 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks much.

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      Audrey Selig 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Great hub by a fellow okie Will answer you soon

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