US students can now purchase textbooks from Google’s Play book store. The rest of us wait in anticipation.
Textbooks from most popular publishers are now available for purchase or to rent from Google Play, many at significantly discounted prices compared to their physical equivalents.
The release of textbooks on Google Play comes a couple of months before Google is expected to release their Google Play for Education store, aimed at bolstering Android apps centred on education. The new service will provide improved ways to bulk purchase and distribute educational apps and books to student Android tablets.
Google Play textbooks are cross-platform so, unlike Apple’s iBooks, they can be viewed on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and any device with a web browser.
Google Play books allows for bookmarking, highlighting and annotating, search, and quick access to dictionaries, translation tools, and Wikipedia.
If you’re US based, take a look at Google Play Store textbooks now, if you’re outside the US there’s no information on when this feature will be leaving US shores.
Source: Official Android Blog