BFC: The app: Google Play Books

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New arrivals in fiction include The Oath of The Vayuputras (`189, as opposed to the `245 paperback on Flipkart and `175 as an ebook, not available on the Kindle Store), and in non-fiction you can find Katherine Boo's Behind The Beautiful Forevers (`346 on Google, `359 on Flipkart ebooks, `399 as a paperback on Flipkart and `769 on the Kindle Store).

There are also free books available, mostly classics. Another section has books under `100; authors here include Rashmi Bansal, Robin Sharma and similar titles, a few cookbooks and one book each from Khushwant Singh, Narayana Murthy, Kipling and Satyajit Ray.

PlayIf you already own an Android phone, the setup is painless (it was an easy download on an iPhone as well), and I was delighted to see four free books pop up once I downloaded the app. I chose to open The Three Musketeers, and the font was big and easy to read. Flipping pages is also easy, and there is also a ‘read aloud’ option, but that voice is very artificial (kind of nasal).

You always need to be connected to the Internet to access the content.

The verdict
It’s always nice to see new apps being added to the Play Store, but I suspect it will take a while for most of us to get used to paying for our ebooks

From HT Brunch, March 10

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