The expulsions have begun – Google Books gone from iOS

I just heard this morning that the Google Books app is no longer available through iTunes, and after some digging I can confirm this is true. Google Books is no longer listed in iTunes.

Curiously enough, the app running on my iPad still works. I fired it up and I can still read all the ebooks including the couple I bought. The app still has the link to the Google eBookstore website, too, which is probably why Apple pulled it.

Interesting. I really expected to see this sooner.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane24 July, 2011

    It begins!! Just got an email from Amazon. Kindle 3G for $139. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    1. Nate Hoffelder24 July, 2011

      Is that the Kindle 3G special offers that was sponsored by AT&T?

      That happened a week ago.

      1. Mike Cane24 July, 2011

        Dammit. You know, I didn’t check to see if that was the case. Shit. #FAIL #IBlameTheHeat

        1. Mike Cane24 July, 2011

          Went and updated my post. It’s the AT&T Kindle.

  2. Eric Landes24 July, 2011

    Kobo and Bluefire removed stores, Google left. Very curious to see which direction B&N and Amazon decide to go.

    1. fjtorres24 July, 2011

      I expect they’ll wait for Apple to delist them from iTunes.
      Especially Amazon.

      1. Ravi24 July, 2011

        Sadly, B&N seems to have caved (see Nook Kids app).

        As for Amazon, will they announce their iOS app decision before or after they announce 1 million Kindle eBooks for sale? They’re at 1,005,000 according to Kindle for Android right now.

    2. Ravi25 July, 2011

      To be precise, Google hasn’t entirely left. For the moment(1), Google is the only ebook retailer with a full-fledged web reading interface. I wonder if that channel is why Google (apparently) has made a different decision than the other retailers.

      (1) I suspect Amazon has a full Kindle for Web on ice (especially since Google’ s bookstore is the existence proof that there isn’t an absolute licensing bar to the concept).

      1. Nate Hoffelder25 July, 2011

        But does that browser based reading app work in the iPad/iPhone?

        1. Ravi25 July, 2011

          Google claims:
          “You can read Google eBooks on any browser with JavaScript enabled.”

          That doesn’t necessarily mean that the experience would be acceptable on an iPhone or iPad, but it does seem to claim it is possible.

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  5. Mike Perry24 July, 2011

    I’m curious. I wonder if an app that search for ebooks on all the major web stores, including Apple’s, listed the prices, and provided a clickable web link would past muster.

  6. Jeremy Banks25 July, 2011

    “Curiously enough, the app running on my iPad still works.”

    Apple removing apps from the store has never removed them from users’ devices. That would be idiotic and such a terrible PR move.

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  8. Joe25 July, 2011

    This all started back in Feb when Sony Reader was dumped. The advantage that the iPhone and more so the iPad has is the freedom from having to haul around multiple devices. Will the day come when all ebook apps are yanked off iTunes and you will have to carry both an iPad and an ebook device? This is a case where the free-market isn’t working. More ebook formats is not consumer friendly.

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