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Google Play Books now available for pre-order

Starting today all you book lovers and reading fanatics have a few more options from the folks at Google and their Play Store. Today they announced that Google Books will now be available for pre-order. The "New and coming soon" section will now show upcoming books before they hit the store, and users anxious to virtually flip through those pages can pre-order and get it right on release day.

Google Play Store hits 25 billion downloads, celebration sale ensues

Android users have been frequenting the Google Play Store in a big way, with Google announcing that the store has hit 25 billion downloads. That may not seem like a big deal when you remember that the Apple Store hit 25 billion downloads earlier this year, but it's important to keep in mind that back in 2010, the Google Play Store was only at 1 billion downloads. That's a pretty significant jump in user activity (and, by extension, consumer adoption of Android), so it's only fitting that Google kicks off a new promotion to celebrate this milestone.

Android could benefit from Apple’s leap in eBooks for education

When a PDF is made from a large document for compatibility on our devices, it isn't just available on an Apple or Android product - but is universal between platforms. Apple recently announced tools will be available for developers to easily convert their texts to 'standard-compliant' eBooks. At first glance, this seems to only benefit the iOS adopters out there. But when considering the tech world as a whole, why can't publishers take their conversions where they please?

Pirated books show up in Android Market, Google quickly removes them

Casual piracy is an unfortunate problem in the Android Market, and it looks like it's only growing with Android's popularity. According to Paid Content, popular novels like the Harry Potter and Vampire Diaries, as well as titles from Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell. Google promptly removed the books after being alerted, but not before thousands of illicit copies were downloaded. The apps were free from a publisher calling itself "UKER", and presumably hoped to make money off of advertising.

Marvel Comics comes to Android, makes buying Comic Books a breeze

Between Marvel Comics and DC Comics all you fans now have plenty of options here on Android. Today Marvel has dropped the official Marvel Comics app for Android and it is available right now. You get instant access to all of your favorite comics from Captain America all the way to Spiderman. The application offers a guided and animated view for reading your purchases, or the standard way of panning through pages and zooming on content. Who's ready for The Hulk?

Google Updates Android Market, Now with Books and Movies

Google just announced that Market overhaul they promised us at Google IO. Not only is their going to be a revamped UI, and new features to help find the best apps, but Google's Videos app is now here for phones, and movies and books can be rented or bought respectively from the Market.

Wysips Solar-Powered Screen Cover to Add $1 to Smartphone price [ALPHA]

There are more details coming out over the Wysips Solar Powered screen for smartphones we reported on last week. According to this hands on, done by Laptop Magazine, the photovoltaic screen will be included in new smartphones within a year and promises to only add about $1 to existing cellphone prices. The hands on shows a smartphone mockup with an amp-meter attached to it, showing the fluctuating voltage as the device moves in and out of exposed light. Wysips also says that the solar film isn't only being developed for for smartphones, it'll have applications for tablets and eBook readers as well.

HTC App Store in development tip insiders

HTC are tipped to be readying an App Store of their own, which would offer ebooks and applications according to the Financial Times' sources. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, HTC is apparently hiring content editors for an online store; that team will begin with a small number of Taiwan-based staff, but is expected to grow to around 100 people spread around the world. HTC will only say that the company is "growing very fast" and that it is "hiring for a variety of positions including marketers, developers, technical writers and many others. We are always exploring new areas we can add value to our customers but we can’t comment on our future plans." The latest version of HTC Sense, as on the Desire HD and Desire Z, includes the HTC Hub, a download-style store with various wallpapers, themes, ringtones and other content. [via Recombu]

Kindle for Android Now Available for Download

Well, that came out of nowhere. Despite the fact that Samsung announced the Vibrant for T-Mobile, which is coming pre-installed with Kindle Editions, no one assumed that the application itself would just magically appear in the Market overnight. But, sure enough, there it is, ready for you to download.
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