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