Update: Google just announced that Books is now available in Spain, as well. Yay for reading!

Not a bad week for German Android fans. First on the map in Europe with the recently-reviewed LG Optimus 4X HD, and now the release of books for sale in the Google Play store. The soccer team's not doing too badly, either.

Posted today on its Google+ account, Google Play announced the availability of book purchases effective immediately in Germany, including plenty of German-language bestsellers. Unfortunately their German-speaking neighbors of Austria and Switzerland have been left out in the cold with no way to get their deutschsprachige literary groove on, but this is the service's first step another step beyond the realm of English and is unsurprisingly gradual.

Commenters on the Google+ post are noting that the books available appear to be only in German, even those originally published in English. Readers who may mistrust translated books will have to rely on other providers if they wish to find them in their original language.

Source: +Google Play

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • Meti

    That's not true. In Italy there are books

  • Roberto Leinardi

    "Its First Non English-Speaking Market"

    Books is available in Italy from several weeks ...

  • RedPandaAlex

    Kind of surprising that anything goes to Germany first considering what their courts have been doing to tech companies.

  • Giuseppe_Iovene
  • NonItalian

    Wow, they speak English in Italy now...

  • Wefefwfe


    • http://twitter.com/bcpk Brian

      Damn :D

      Been learning German with duolingo.com, was worth a shot.

      • Ben

         And you've been so close! I count that as a hit. :)

  • Ben

    RedPandaAlex: "Kind of surprising that anything goes to Germany first considering"

    That's true, especially bc we have weird legislation normalizing book prices here. However, the ebook segment is largely untapped, other potential players are too hesitant. Maybe that's factoring into it.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    The "Buchpreisbindunggesetz" law will not allow books to get cheaper than their papery counterpart because publishers are a PITA...

  • Adam

    Sweet.  Now update the Books app to match the new features that the iOS version has.

  • JH

     Any chance of it hitting Denmark any time soon?

    • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

      Big G isn't exactly talk active when it comes to their release plans.

  • Hi from Italy!
  • http://twitter.com/bcpk Brian

    Post updated. Sorry, just working on what Google had said themselves. Thanks for the corrections.

  • GigiAUT

    I've been away all week so I'm only seeing this now. I spent the week in Germany so my tablet must have updated the market thinking I lived in Germany. Only now that I'm back home in Austria I noticed the "Book" tab in the market. Got all excited thinking it was available here only to get an error when I tried to open it. :( Maybe next time...

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremilhau Jérémy Milhau

    It is now live in Spain too ! https://plus.google.com/106886664866983861036/posts/fyeRjWoT3Vt

  • Bleakvision

    Why should we get excited over this? At this rate they are going to take five years to cover the (developed) world.