Independent Bookstore ArtPlantae Books Selling Google eBooks™: “Cloud-Based” Library and Multi-Device Access Allow Indies to Compete in Growing eBook Business
June 8, 2011 – Customers and subscribers of ArtPlantae in Riverside, CA no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting independent bookstores – ArtPlantae Books is now selling Google eBooks™ online at www.ArtPlantaeBooks.com. Google launched its e-book program on Monday, December 6, 2010, and is partnering with the American Booksellers Association so indie bookstores can provide an easy way for their customers to discover, read, and buy e-books at competitive prices.
“More and more consumers are buying e-readers and are looking to purchase e-books,” said ArtPlantae director, Tania Marien. “Google eBooks now allows us to remain the store of choice for our audience of teachers, artists and naturalists who are reading digital and utilizing technology in their classrooms and educational programs.”
“This partnership with Google allows independent bookstores that are our members to better compete with corporate retailers on selection, price, and convenience,” said ABA President Michael Tucker. “It levels the playing field.”
A Google eBook is a new form of cloud-based digital book that allows readers to access their libraries on almost any device from one single repository, regardless of where the e-book was purchased. Google is offering hundreds of thousands of titles for sale, ranging from new releases and bestsellers in every category to classics in the public domain.
Because Google eBooks work with myriad devices — tablets, smartphones, computers, even most e-ink devices — consumers are free to shop from a variety of retailers rather than being bound to one retailer. This opens up a wealth of indie recommendations and bestsellers to avid e-book readers.
In addition to e-books, readers can search through a database of five million titles of print books at www.ArtPlantaeBooks.com, peruse bestsellers, the Indie Next List, and a curated collection of resources about plants, botanical art, environmental education and natural history.
ArtPlantae is a resource provider whose aim is to increase botanical literacy by encouraging an interest in plants and nature through illustration. Their educational website serves as a gathering place connecting artists, educators, and naturalists. Here you will find feature articles, interviews, interactive learning opportunities with artists and authors, and a weekly column about teaching and learning that explores the link between drawing and knowing.
ArtPlantae Books is an online independent bookstore complimenting the resources found at www.ArtPlantae.com. It serves a community of artists, naturalists and educators pursuing interests in botanical art, botany, environmental education, and natural science illustration.