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Google gets a lot of abuse for not making various parts of its Play Store available in most countries. It's not necessarily their fault, especially when it comes to books, movies, and music - international content contracts are like trying to trade horses on a quantum level. But a major part of the globe gets more access tonight, as Play Store Books become available to India's population of 1.2 billion. Get your literature on, folks.

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Google confirmed the addition from the official Play Store Twitter account, and a little work with a proxy server shows that the web portion of the store is live. A friendly Indian reader also sent us some screenshots of Play Store Books from his phone. Prices in Rupees seem comparable to their dollar counterparts, though we can't speak to the library of available titles. (Fifty Shades of Grey is featured at the moment - take that as you will.) As elsewhere, books are bought from the Play Store app and read in the separate Google Play Books app (see widget below).

Thanks to Debadatta Bose for the Android screenshots!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    Finally!

  • Bala

    Really happy to read this
    We can look for devices in Play Store in the near future.

  • Samvith V Rao

    Yay! This is great news. Although I much prefer the Kindle app to play books, the collection looks alright.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    This is fantastic, plus it automatically picked up my hitchhikers guide to the galaxy :O

  • Ittiam

    Good start... Not sure whether the collection is decent.. .Searched for a book I bought recently. Was not there....

    Also, we don't own the books we purchase from store, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/deepMS Deep Singh

      well you can read it save it but cannot distribute it

  • Magnus100

    They need to improve the freaking app

    1. What's the point of pinch to zoom without text reflow 2. Copy & paste, still at large. 3. Sideload books from other readers still at large. 4. Add label to bookmarks? Why does Google remain recalcitrantly opposed to text reflow in all their apps! Obviously still missing important features above and much more.The app still needs major work:

  • flippingthecoins

    Now start selling Nexus, please !!!

  • Dhaval

    Awesome. Love android.

  • Dhaval

    Any idea when magazines would be available?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nope.

      • Dhaval

        Alright.

  • http://twitter.com/srmeena Sitaram Meena

    Hope devices are here sooner! I want all those Nexus beauties. :)

  • Sven Andresen

    We have been waiting for Google Books, Google Music, Google Movie for a long time in Scandinavia. When does it arrive here????

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      In the year 3000 ♫ ♪ ♬

      • Abhisshack D

        Hahahahaha

  • Ittiam

    This gives me hope that soon music will arrive and then devices and then magazines and then movies and then TV shows and then...

  • Saleem

    Its available in Pakistan as well. But, upon opening the app, it says 'you cant purchase books'. However, the free books can be downloaded.

  • http://twitter.com/krismo5 krismo

    Is there an import button for other epub books yet?

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    I hope (wish) that one day, I can buy books/music/movies in other languages published in other countries from any other countries I reside. As of this moment, I have no easy way to buy Chinese nor Japanese ebooks, songs, movies from the US.

  • Stefan A

    What about some of the smaller countries, Google?

  • FadyMahfouz

    I need this badly in Egypt.

  • Raj Sharma

    Its pretty cool but the books themselves are more expensive than the print copies you can get off of online sites. Which kinda makes it all pointless

  • mojtaba shabani

    We can't access to Play Store in Iran :(

  • http://www.desinle.com/ Desinle

    Google could release its phones in India for a change.. the software can wait - we want the hardware..

  • David Berta

    Great! But WHY these books are in English??? :D