APP WATCH: Google Books launches in the UK

Originally a US exclusive, Google Books is now available for UK mobile phone owners. Or at least it is if you have an Android phone or an iOS device.

According to Crave, a statement from Google reads: 'Readers in the UK now have access to the world's largest ebooks collection, with hundreds of thousands of ebooks for sale - from major UK publishers like Hachette, Random House and Penguin - as well as more than two million public domain ebooks for free.'

If you want it, you'll need the right phone. Specifically, we're talking Android 2.1 or above, which is pretty much all fairly recent Android phones. Alternatively, if you have an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod touch, you'll be fine too. If that's applicable to you, get the app and you can start downloading books to read on your smartphone, as well as applicable tablets, laptops, and ereaders.

Of course, anything decent comes at a price, so you might want to cross-reference with the Kindle Store or iBooks before buying. But if your taste is more for the classics, Google places more emphasis on free book downloads than the others at its browser-based store. So if, for example, you want to take in Moby Dick or The Jungle Book, you can do so for free here. In short, you've nothing to lose, aside from the seconds it takes to grab the app.

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