People who use Google Play have the ability to rent movies, television shows and a select number of digital textbooks. They have just launched a new system to rent out ebooks. There is a small section that just quietly went live last week and features around 200 titles from Open Road Media. The price ranges from $1 to $2 and the rental period is 3 days, which is enough time to ravenously consume most of the romance, thriller and science-fiction novels that are available.
The Google Play rental system is only available in the United States, but if you are outside the US, you can checkout their offerings by clicking HERE. There is no word yet if this is a system that are currently testing to gauge consumer response, or if it’s a broader effort to get into the rental game with other publishers.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.