Google Readies E-Books

It hasn't been exactly a well-guarded secret, but now it's official: Google is launching an e-book store to compete with Amazon's Kindle store and its rivals. The company isn't selling an e-reading device of its own -- instead, it's focusing on selling digital books and making them widely available for existing hardware. I haven't tried its new offerings yet, but it gave me a sneak peek at the news last week.

There's an Android app...

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...and an iPhone one...

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...and an iPad one...

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...but the big news is that rather than building Windows and Mac apps, Google is launching an online ebook service that lets you read your tomes on any system with an Internet connection.

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