Google has just launched its Play Bookstore in Germany today. Customers can enjoy bestsellers like Charlotte Link’s Der Beobachter or Jeanette Walls’ Ein ungezähmtes Leben, as well as classic titles. Readers in Germany can access Play Books via iOS, Android, and the internet.
There are close to 2 million free books and hundreds of thousands of paid books available via the Google ecosystem. You can sample books before you buy them and read them right online. Some major publishers in Germany have also signed onto the platform to distribute their books, such as Random House (Del Rey, DVA, Goldmann, Heyne), Lübbe, CH Beck, Springer, Munich Publishing Group, epubli, GRIN, and Holtzbrinck.
The selection of books right now is fairly lackluster and I would recommend doing business with Txtr (a homegrown Berlin based company) or Amazon.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.