Google continues to expand their ebookstore today with a low-key launch in Germany.
There isn’t much in the way of details yet in the English language press, but German readers now have a new alternative to Kobo, Kindle, and Thalia. They can now choose from among hundreds of thousands of ebooks from international publishers in a catalog boasting nearly 2 million titles.
Google has also signed deals with a number of German publishers, including Random House (Del Rey, DVA, Goldmann, Heyne), Lübbe, CH Beck, Springer, Munich Publishing Group, epubli, GRIN, and Holtzbrinck. But one German source has noted that numerous German publishers are not yet in the Google eBookstore, including Piper, Rowohlt, S. Fischer, and Kiepenheuer & Witsch.
Google is boasting that they are providing hundred of thousands of locally published ebooks in their ebookstore, though the exact number has not been stated. The ebooks can of course be read on Android and iOS apps as well as on your computer. Most browsers are supported, and there’s even a Chrome web app which supports reading the ebooks offline.
Early reports suggest that selection in the Goolge eBookstore is poorer than in the Kindle Store. Of the 20 novels and nonfiction books on the current top ten SPIEGEL bestseller list, only six titles are available from Google as ebooks. In comparison, Amazon sells 15 of 20 bestsellers and Apple reportedly sells 18 of the 20 titles on the list.
This launch was Google’s 6th local ebookstore, f0llowing only a month after a launch in Italy, and launches in the UK, Canada, and Australia late last year.