Google offers 1.5million books to download FREE on mobile phone

It is one of the world’s biggest libraries,but fits neatly into the palm of your hand.Google has unveiled a free service that allows users to access a wealth of classic books on their mobile phones.

The internet firm is offering 1.5million electronic novels to download, including classics such as Oliver Twist, Emma and The Jungle Book.

It believes the latest generation of phones, which have large colour screens, now make it viable to provide the service.

Google said it hoped it would lead to more people reading regularly.

The move will see the firm taking on Amazon and Sony, which offer dedicated electronic book readers.

Experts said they expected an online battle for the market.

Stuart Miles, of gadget website Pocket-lint, said: 'Google has obviously seen how Amazon dominated the online selling of real books, and wants to stop that happening again.

'By offering free, out-of-copyright books they can instantly offer this huge library.

'Google's approach is also very clever because it is costing them very little, as they don't have to develop their own hardware.'

The service is only available to those with iPhone or Android phones. Users in the UK will have access to 600,000 books whilst those in the U.S will have the full 1.5million. All the works are out of copyright, keeping Google's costs down.


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