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Old 07-19-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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Google Play Books expanding further in Europe

If you had any doubts that Google isn't serious about its e-book business, doubt no longer. Quietly and unstoppable, the company just added the following European countries to their ever growing list of countries where e-books can be bought through the Google Play store.
  • Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Sweden

Yes, my feelings are slightly hurt by the fact that Switzerland is not on that list, just yet. But I keep my hopes up.

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Old 07-20-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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They are really going big and they are having rather competitive prices
These are the countries where they sell books for now:
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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
https://support.google.com/googlepla.../2843119?hl=en
Seems they forgot to add Sweden

Although they have improved the India store, they lack behind Amazon in promotion - you can find the books much cheaper than on Amazon US or Amazon India store, but only if you search for them.
They do have lists of discounted books, but they don't list all of them...
Go Google!
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:50 AM   #3
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If you had any doubts that Google isn't serious about its e-book business, doubt no longer. Quietly and unstoppable, the company just added the following European countries to their ever growing list of countries where e-books can be bought through the Google Play store.
  • Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Sweden

Yes, my feelings are slightly hurt by the fact that Switzerland is not on that list, just yet. But I keep my hopes up.

Via Android Police
Ahh, the price of neutrality, Sweden barely made it. I think it is a EU thing. Negotiating licenses and whatnot.
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:15 PM   #4
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What sort of DRM are they using? If I can't remove it, I'm not buying anything from them.
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good old adept. Or no drm at all.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:55 AM   #6
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What sort of DRM are they using? If I can't remove it, I'm not buying anything from them.
It's the publishers who use DRM, not Google.
They sell epub and pdf, download of epub with ADE (using Adobe's ACS4 DRM), same like Kobo.
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Great! And oh looky they have some SF Gateway books for only 29 Kr. ($ 4.50)

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Nice. I've looked up a few titles, and it seems that they are cheaper than Kobo. The books I found all cost €6.04 at Kobo, but they where €4.96 at Google Play. It an 18% difference, which is significant.

Found another series of books.
Kobo: €8.09 (entire series: €80.90)
Google: €6.49 (entire series: €64.90)
Difference: 20%

I think that Google Play may be or become a good replacement for BooksOnBoard for me.

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Nice! Here's hoping that my little corner of the world will be included as well (though I doubt it will be done any time soon).
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Does anybody know how to search in gp by language?
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Ahh, the price of neutrality, Sweden barely made it. I think it is a EU thing. Negotiating licenses and whatnot.
Are these all countries without fixed price laws?
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Are these all countries without fixed price laws?
Switzerland is without fixed price laws for books. In 2012, the Swiss people voted against it.
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