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Google Play Textbooks appear in time for school

Google made a promise last month to help out students by introducing a textbook category in its Google Play Books Store. It has now delivered on that promise just before the fall semester starts. A good number of books on a variety of different subjects are now available and are on discount for a limited time.

Amazon joined by Apple in support of reselling digital content

Back in early-February we learned of an Amazon patent that would allow for the re-sale of digital goods. Specifically, the Amazon patent filing was calling for an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects.” Of course, those objects could be anything from audio and video to ebooks and maybe even apps. The key here, it now looks like this idea has gotten some additional support. Not necessarily direct support for Amazon, however support for the idea as a whole.

Amazon patent filing suggests used eBook sales are coming

A recent Amazon patent filing suggests that the company is working on a method that will allow you to sell your used ebook. And while that may seem a bit silly to use the term used in reference to something digital, this could have some perks for those who tend to read a book only once. The catch here, this is simply a patent approval and Amazon has yet to actually announce anything.

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?
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