You read that right: the Market now includes a totally awesome Books site. To be honest though, none of us is really sure what all has changed, since none of us really used it before - but it doesn't seem like a lot, other than a flipped switch. Let's start with what it looks like:


Notably, there's now a dropdown to sort by genre (to the left of the search box, above). When you select a book (protip: Sherlock Holmes is free... or if you're like Artem: Walden is free.), you're presented with the option to read it on the web or, assuming you already have Google Books set up and synced, on your Android device. In other words, it's the fairly typical web Market interface, albeit with the Web option.


While you can search for books via the web Market, you still need to use the Books app to search from your device. In fact, it appears that the Google Books app itself remains the same, with searches still redirecting to books.google.com.

It seems fairly safe to say that they've chosen to flip the switch today thanks to Honeycomb now being out in the wild. Unfortunately though, the Books section of the Market seems to only work for those in the U.S. - for those in other countries, the shelves are empty for the time being.

If you're in the U.S., head on over to the link below to check it out for yourself.

[Source: Market-Books]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Chopper Joe

    Why does Google have such trouble with their attempts to improve the market? The first three book under "Paleontology" are unrelated children's books (Curious George, as good as it is, is not what I was looking for.)

    The prices are no bargain; all were higher for books I had purchased previously. And I don't appreciate listing many paid versions of public domain books but hiding the free version on a separate page.

    In/uninstalled Google Books on my Evo but guess I'll give it a go on my rooted nookColor.

    I love Android, my Evo, etc. but Google Books is second only to Google TV for being in need of much work.

  • Sean Ferguson

    Does this work in GB, it has been redirecting me to the homepage for the last 2 days :(

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Worked for me on my GB-running EVO?