How to build a ‘Google of books’
A ‘Google for books’ app is finally coming to Android, with the first app release of the service, and it promises to be even better than the one in Google Books.
The new Google Books for Android app is available now on the Google Play store and will come to Android devices in Australia this month.
Its main focus is to let users browse, read, and search through millions of books, and to find out more about the books they are interested in, rather than being bogged down with a “search box”.
Google says its search engine is now used by more than 2 billion people a month in more than 150 countries around the world.
The app is based on the open source Google Books engine that has been used by hundreds of publishers including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster UK, and Penguin Random Services.
A Google Books spokesperson told the ABC the service was built with a variety of technology in mind, from the Google Analytics system used by the search engine to the search technology behind the “read” and “listen” buttons.
Google also says its app will help users find out about upcoming book releases by “looking for books you may have read recently, and by checking out the titles you may want to read more about”.
The Google Books app is built with the open-source Google Books platform.
In a blog post, the company says the app will provide users with access to millions of previously unread books and articles.
“With the new Google Apps, you can start exploring a whole new library of titles right in your home,” it said.
While the app doesn’t have a full list of titles yet, it says there are more than 300,000 books on the library.
It also said the service will help people discover new authors and genres, and will also be used by library managers, bookstores and authors to find new books and authors.
Amazon’s Kindle app is also available for Android devices, but it is not yet officially endorsed by Google.
Amazon said its own Kindle app was never intended to replace Google’s search service.
“We have never endorsed Google Books, or any other search service, or the Google app as a service,” Amazon said in a statement to the ABC.
“But we believe that Google’s open source platform can be used to bring book discovery to even more people, and that this is a great opportunity to do just that.”
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