Google has finally started selling and renting digital textbooks for college students through the Google Play Store. Google just announced the arrival of textbooks through its Android blog and mentioned that the new feature is being rolled out gradually over the week. Google is endorsing using textbooks on rentals as it claims that students can save over 80% compared to regular textbooks that way. Most students won’t require their textbooks after they have finished their courses anyways. The data or markers on the textbooks get stored on the cloud and can be accessed from a wide range of gadgets including iOS devices, so you can pick up where you left off pretty easily.
The arrival of textbooks on Google Play Books will certainly sound off the warning signals for Apple which sells textbooks through its dedicated bookstore. With the number of Android devices in the market right now, Google would like to capitalize on that, especially during the college season. Considering how expensive physical textbooks are, Google’s rental option will sound even more attractive. Textbooks were officially announced on the 24th of July along with Android 4.3 and the new Nexus 7 tablet.
Source: Official Android Blog
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