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Google Books App Now Supports Offline Reading in Chrome

Google Books was quietly updated yesterday with one key feature that most other reading apps had: an offline reading mode. It's only available in Chrome, and it doesn't support PDF yet, but this is still a useful addition to the app. This might seem like a relatively minor feature, but there aren't all that many reading apps available for Chrome, and the Kindle Cloud Reader, Google Books' biggest competitor, already has an offline mode.

It's been just over 3 years since Chrome launched and a year since the Chrome Store launched, and not very many reading apps have been released in that time. In fact, I've just searched the Chrome Store and I can only find a few reading apps. There are the RSS feed readers, the Marvel comics app, a couple Google News readers, and there are apps for Instapaper and ReadItLater. That's all I could find, and compared to any other major platform that is a very sparse selection.

Actually, let's put that sparseness into perspective. Aldiko was released for Android less than a year after the Android market opened. Stanza was released for the iPhone and was bought by Amazon less than 8 months after the iTunes app store launched. And yet with Chrome, I cannot recall hearing of any breakthrough reading app.

Does anyone read on Chrome? What apps do you use?

via Chrome Store


About Nate Hoffelder (11117 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Google Books App Now Supports Offline Reading in Chrome

  1. I use Magicscroll. It is quite nice. It even lets you load your own epubs and keeps track of reading across devices.

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