Unlike Google e-Books, competitors Apple iBooks (AAPL), Amazon Kindle (AMZN), and Barnes & Noble Nook (BKS) all sell books which can only be accessed on their compatible software/hardware. Google’s new standard is clearly more user-friendly.
Google e-Books also offers an added benefit to authors:
Clicking on your book from a search results page takes users to a limited preview of your title – just enough to give them a taste of the book, as if they were browsing in a bookstore or library.
Links to bookstores and online retailers make it easy for users to go from browsing to buying. If you sell your books directly from your own website, your site receives “top billing,” appearing first in the list of purchase links. Google Books previews also appear on book-related sites like online retailers and social book networks.
Well, enough of my thoughts. Check out Google e-Books and let us know what you think in the comments below …