Google Books

google_booksTurning Print into Digital: A Look at Google Books
While companies like Amazon were developing their e-readers and digital reading formats, Amazon was working on a pet project that as a bit unique among the major names in today’s digital reading industry. The company was actually working to scan many of the most popular books in today’s libraries and convert them into a digital reading format that could also be searched via the company’s popular web search tool. Introduced in 2004, the service has grown by leaps and bounds over the years to become the leading outlet for literary, academic research and pleasure reading.

Cross-Platform Compatible: No Device Required
Google Books, which was originally called Google Print by the company when the service was launched, came to market at a time when Google had no plans to move into the mobile space. At that time, the company was fully focused on search. That explains, then, why the service is able to actually search everything from self-help books to Shakespeare. Full blocks of text can be searched, copied, and pasted, helping with research and presenting a unique way to enjoy the books found at most libraries.

Expansion: The Google Play Store Takes on E-Reading
Google Books is now a dual brand name, with one side of the business focusing on the company’s book search and optical scans, while another offers electronic books that can be read on the company’s Android-based smartphones and tablet devices. Whether it’s traditional e-reading or more scholarly research, there’s no denying that Google Books has dynamically transformed the industry for the better.