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Google Is Leading an E-Book Revolution?

When Google eBookstore finally released on Monday, it had been already being touted like a revolution on the market for e-books. It provides more titles — nearly 3 million free, public domain books and “hundreds of thousands” of newer books available — than any other retailer, and promises every customer “seamless” cloud-based use of their personal e-book library from (almost) any device, wherever they are.

Whether these functions will mean much towards the average e-book reader, however, is yet another matter. Sales of e-books have become by triple-digit rates previously year, and skillfully developed predict no immediate end towards the expansion, given that e-reader devices and tablet PC’s are expected to be popular gifts this holidays. For every person I’ve met who swears she’ll never be lured from her beloved print books, there’s another who brags about finally reading “Middlemarch” on his smartphone during his daily wait for a bus and another person who reports devouring two times as many books as she did before she got a Kindle.

If the e-book boom shows us anything, it’s that there are an infinite variety as to the people want using their books. For some, the immateriality of the e-book is a deal-breaker — they can’t give it to a friend or market it to a used bookstore once they’re completed with it. For others (much like me), this is a feature, not really a bug; I can retain a duplicate of it without having to clear space within the overflowing shelves of my small apartment, and that i never have to figure out where I place the thing if I occur to want it in the future. (I’m always misplacing books, making this a big plus personally.)

Google eBookstore addresses a complaint many have lodged against Amazon’s Kindle: The books bought for this can only be read using Kindle software. This is a problem if there weren’t Kindle apps for iOS and Droid devices, and for Windows and Mac computers; I do not own a Kindle, but I own several Kindle e-books and browse them on my iPhone and iPad. Things i can’t do with my Kindle books is read them on the friend’s iPad throughout a visit, or on the shared work computer basically want, say, to indicate an interesting passage to some colleague. Google’s e-books is going to be accessible via a user’s Google account from any device that runs an internet browser (that includes tablet pc’s and smart phones), in addition to via apps made to run on various mobile platforms. I’m also able to read my Google e-books on the Nook or Sony Reader, must i ever decide to buy one, something I can not do with Kindle titles. But don’t forget: You also can’t make use of Kindle to read any e-books you purchase from Google.

Why don’t we review: Google eBooks are a wide improvement on the Kindle (still typically the most popular dedicated e-reader device) should you anticipate wanting to switch in one dedicated e-reader device to a different, but if you’re switching for an iPad, then it’s a wash. However, if you’re a student at the library one afternoon without your Kindle or iPad and also you want to be able to access a Kindle book you purchased for a class, you’re at a complete loss. (If that last example strikes you being an exotic scenario, be aware that while Kindles are the most widely used dedicated e-reader devices, most people who read e-books still read them on the laptop or pc, and many of these readers are students.) Your Google e-books, however, could be read on the library’s computer utilizing a Web browser. But hang on a minute! — Amazon just announced that it’ll be introducing its Web-browser-based Kindle reader in a month approximately.

This means that, determining which e-book system will best be practical is really, really confusing. News reports about the latest developments are usually full of glaring errors — the most typical assumption being you need to have a Nook or perhaps a Kindle e-reading device to read Nook or Kindle e-books. And remember that there are also several other smaller e-book formats, devices and vendors, all of which offers the same public domain titles. If you wish to read mostly classics, you may prefer the look of 1 of these other formats to that particular of any of the major players. One benefit to the iPad/iPhone is that I am able to buy and read Kindle, Nook, Stanza and Google e-books in addition to use public-domain-only apps like Eucalyptus, a popular of one of my Salon colleagues. Most public-domain book apps have the freedom, but she was prepared to pay for Eucalyptus (which, alas, only has been released for that iPhone) because its superior design makes reading much easier.

Why You Should Build Your Library

What did all these people have in common?

Albert Einstein
Albert Schweitzer
Thomas Jefferson
Marcus Aurelius
Galileo Galilei
Andrew Carnegie
Theodore Roosevelt
George Washington
John Kennedy
Maya Angelou
Marie Curie
Henry Ford
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Oprah Winfrey

They have two things in common. They achieved a remarkable level of personal success and often against serious adversity and they each built a personal library.

In fact nearly every person serious about improving themselves and achieving success in some form are avid readers.
In fact a recent newspaper article reported that the top CEO’s read on average six books a month. That is more than a book a week. These are men and women who work anywhere from 50-80 hours a week, yet they still make time to read more than a book a week. That is over 70 books a year.

How many books does the average employee of those CEO’s read? The sad answer is that they read one book. Actually they buy one book and most of them never finish it. The average CEO in the US earns at least 600 times more than the average employee of that CEO. What do the CEO’s know that the typical employee does not know?

Here is what the CEO’s know and what any person bent on learning and expanding their abilities knows. It is what successful people everywhere know. It is what business leaders, political leaders, financial leaders, and all types of leaders know – if you want to succeed and make a mark in this world you need to expand your knowledge. You need to engage in some program of continuous learning. The more you learn the more you know. The more you know the more valuable you are to the market place. The more valuable you are the more you can earn.

Knowledge translates into earnings – it is that simple. And knowledgeable people are more likely to know how to invest and keep their money and make it grow, assuming they read the right books and gain the right knowledge.

The cheapest and easiest way to keep learning is to read books. You can and should certainly borrow books from your local library. However you also need to have your own collection of the best books you can afford. You should decide you can afford every book that will advance your position in your business or field.

The rich and the successful all have libraries. Every mansion and large house in the US has a large library. Those books are not just for looks. Those books are for knowledge. Those books are stepping stones used by successful people to help them attain what they want.

Jim Rohn, the business philosopher, has long advised people as one of their first steps toward improving themselves to begin to build their personal library. You can certainly buy tapes and CDs and DVDs and other media – but nothing really replaces books. You need books to study and to go back to. Books contain a wealth of knowledge.

Start building your success and your knowledge today – start your library today. You can start small – you can start with a single book – but start, and keep building your library.