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.

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 Comment

  1. CJJ7 March, 2013

    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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