Google’s eBookstore launched in Canada Tuesday. The online store, which will compete with the likes of Amazon, Kobo and Apple, is offering thousands of paid titles and nearly 2 million public domain books free of charge.

The eBookstore first opened its virtual doors in December 2010 in the United States.

Paid titles on offer include books from major publishers such as Penguin, Random House and Harper Collins. Canadian publishers include Dundurn Press, McGill-Queens University Press, McClelland&Stewart and University of Toronto Press.

Google eBooks are stored on Google servers and can be read on many electronic devices including a computer, Android devices with OS 2.0 or higher, iOS devices, most tablet computers and supported eReaders.

To get a sense of pricing on the Google eBookstore, Digital Home priced the recently released Steve Jobs biography and the New York Times (NYT) current bestsellers in Fiction and Non-Fiction at all the four major online bookstores.

Google`s pricing was consistent with what was found at Kobo and Apple and lower than what could be found at Amazon`s Kindle store.

Steve Jobs
  • Amazon Kindle Store - $20.72
  • Apple - $17.99
  • Google eBookstore - $17.99
  • Kobo - $17.99
The Best of Me - NYT Bestseller in Fiction
  • Amazon Kindle Store - $12.99
  • Apple - $12.99
  • Google eBookstore - $12.99
  • Kobo - $12.99
Killing Lincoln - NYT Bestseller in Non- Fiction
  • Amazon Kindle Store - $16.25
  • Apple - not available
  • Google eBookstore - $13.99
  • Kobo - $13.99

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