Google Announces Textbooks Invading the Play Store – Up to 80% Discount, All 5 Major Publishing Houses and More

July 24, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Here’s some great news for the students out there. Today, Google announced that textbooks are making their way into the book section of Google Play. Which is a great idea, especially for students that already use Android. For me it’s genius. Since I have all these devices and am going to school part time while working here at Android Headlines, it’s gotta be one of the better announcements from today’s event for me.

Android users will be able to rent or purchase books from all five of the major academic publishing houses. Rental periods will be about 6 months, which is equal to a full semester of school. They will also be discounted up to 80% from their normal purchase price. Additionally, users using Google Play textbooks will be able to search through the full text, create bookmarks, and highlight passages. There is also a “night reading” mode which will keep things readable at low light levels. We’ve actually seen this feature in a few apps. One that comes to mind is Feedly. This is definitely going to help us, students, study late night especially around finals time.

Google has stated that Textbooks will be available on the Google Play Store in early August. Pricing and specifics on the titles available haven’t been announced yet. But I’m sure the pricing will vary by the book. But getting up to an 80% discount on books you’ll only use for a few months is definitely something I’m looking forward too. Some of the books I have to buy are over $200 a piece. So I’m definitely excited for this, and will be getting my textbooks for this fall from Google Play.

Google Play will have the textbooks in the books section of the store, as mentioned above. Hopefully we’ll see a section inside the books section for the textbooks. Making it easier to search for textbooks we need for classes. I’m definitely excited for Google Play textbooks and hope they have all the books I need. How many students out there are going to use Google Play for their textbooks this fall? Let us know in the comments below.