Google Books vs Kindle App for Android (Video)

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By now you’ve probably heard that Google has launched an eBook platform that competes directly with Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks. With Google Books, there’s no dedicated reader like there is for Kindle or Nook. Instead, Google aims to make your books available from the cloud on a multitude of devices, similar to the Amazon approach. In this video we compare the Google Books experience with the Amazon Kindle app on Android. As you’ll see, both apps work in a similar way: you can pull books from the cloud that you’ve already bought or download. The reading experience is pretty much the same with controls for font type, size, and background color. Where Google Books excels, though, is in the slightly-better integration with its purchasing platform. That said, if you buy a Kindle book, you can only read it within the Kindle ecosystem. It’s much more closed. If you’re new to eBooks, we recommended that you consider going with Google Books for your digital book needs, as you’ll find in the long term that your library will be accessible from more devices. To get Google Books from the Android Market, search “Google Books.”

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.