Yesterday marked the launch of Google eBooks in Canada, giving Canadian readers access to hundreds of thousands of titles from publishers like Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi, Dundurn, and others.
Google’s two million public domain ebooks are included too, or course. Google also partnered with the Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson, making it possible for readers to download Google eBooks through them as well.
Google’s eBooks come in EPUB and PDF formats, and use Adobe DRM, the most common ebook format. Google eBooks are compatible with just about every dedicated ebook reader except the Kindle, including the Kobo ereaders, Sony Readers, PocketBooks, and many others. Google eBooks are stored in the cloud so they are accessible at anytime for online reading, and you can choose to download the ebooks for offline viewing too.
Google opened their ebookstore in the United States last December. And then opened a branch in the UK about one month ago. Google doesn’t have their own dedicated ebook reader. They partnered with iriver to bring Google ebooks to the iriver Story HD, but it is such a basic ebook reader that it doesn’t stand much of a chance.