With all the recent discussion about ebooks and ebook readers, add one more major player in this marketplace: Google. Today the technology giant is unveiling its long-expected "Google eBooks" platform, an e-book store that contains 3 million volumes, most of which are free public domain works.
But hundreds of thousands of Google's e-books will be paid titles from major and minor publishers. Those will include many bestsellers and, Google says, the vast majority of books already commercially available in electronic form. The books can be read online on any Windows or Macintosh computer -- through a new Google reading interface also launching today. They'll also work on a number of tablet and e-reader devices, including Apple's iPad and iPhone, Android-based smartphones and tablets, and e-ink devices from Sony and Barnes & Noble.