Google Play Turns One – Now Boasts 5 Million eBook Titles

infographics_130306_019_jm Google is celebrating the first anniversary of Google Play today. This 4 and a half year old content store was originally launched in 2008 as the Android Market to provide an app store for Google's fledgling Android OS. My how it has grown.

Google is boasting today that gPlay stocks over 700 thousand apps, 18 million songs, and over 5 million ebooks. Unfortunately they didn't release any useful info on sales, downloads, or user adoption, so there's really not much to report today other than to regurgitate the press release.

Consider it regurgitated.

Even what info Google chose to share isn't terribly accurate; the 5 million ebooks stat deserves an asterisk. While it may look impressively twice as large as the Kobo, Kindle, or Nook Stores,  Google Play Books overwhelmingly consists of public domain titles that Google scanned and uploaded as part of  Google Books Project.

P.S. Google is also having an anniversary sale.

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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."

1 Comment on Google Play Turns One – Now Boasts 5 Million eBook Titles

  1. I like Google books and use it regularly and buy books for our two iriver story HD’s (and a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1). That said we also have a kindle user in the household.

    No way does Google books have the title selection of Amazon. Not talking quantity here, I mean availability of a particular title. Often I find that if Google doesn’t have it, surprise, surprise Amazon does. It is getting better though, especially in the last few months.

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