Google eBooks Expanded into 13 European Countries This Past Month


Google has been making strides to expand the reach of their ebookstore internationally of late. Last month Google Play Books launched in Portugal, Austria, Ireland, and Belgium, and now this past week Google added nine more European countries to the list:

  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Sweden

That makes 26 total countries where Google now sells ebooks. Here is the complete list:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Russia, United Kingdom, United States.

Google’s ebooks are mostly in ePub format, some PDF, and they use regular Adobe DRM when required, so that makes them widely accessible on most ebook readers and tablets.

Google also recently added support for uploading your own ePub ebooks to your Google Play Book’s account, making it easier to consolidate your ebook library instead of having to use a bunch of different apps.

It’s good to see Google finally starting to take ebooks more seriously. They’ve started slow out the gate but could really take a big chunk of the ePub market if they continue to expand and innovate.

4 Responses to “Google eBooks Expanded into 13 European Countries This Past Month”

  1. RONNY-HERMANS July 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Just tried Google Ebooks. Living in Belgium it has been hard getting the books I want. The setup was easy, and importing/exporting the book from my pc to my nook glow simple.
    And as extra the price is the half of what itunes ask.

  2. Are you gonna make it available in Saudi Arabia?

    • Sure, I’d make it available everywhere, but unfortunately I’m not in charge and don’t have any idea what Google’s expansion plans involve.

    • Jamila Bitoon - Cenar June 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

      It’s available here in Qatar. I’m pretty sure it’ll be available in KSA.