Google opened its ebook stores all across Europe during the last six months and now is starting the Asian leg of its tour. Today the company has announced that Google Books is now available in Japan and had entered Korea two weeks ago.
Currently Google offers 4 million paid and free books in its digital service. If you have an Android tablet that comes bundled with Google Play, you can buy books directly on your device. If you are one of the ones that doesn’t have access, you can download it from our Good e-Reader App Store.
Google also announced that it has added new features that are available to everyone. The app now lets you highlight text and easily take notes. Also, because all your books live in the cloud, highlights and notes sync on your tablet, phone, and the web. For those adventurous readers making their way through books in non-native languages, you can now easily translate words or phrases to and from a number of languages. Just select the text or word and use the button on the top action bar to indicate which language you’d like it translated into.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten 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.