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Google bringing textbooks to Play Books on web, iOS, & Android w/ 80% off rentals

Google has announced that it will be rolling out a new textbook section as part of Google Play Books starting next month. Google says it has teamed up with five of the major textbook publishers to offer a “comprehensive selection of titles” and plans to offer book purchasing as well as book rentals when the new store launches. The rental option will allow users to pay only a fraction of the full cost of a book to rent it over a six month period.

Google said the new textbooks will work on the web, Android, and iOS devices, and include search, bookmarks, highlighting, notes, and a “night mode” that will allow you to read at night without disturbing others. You’ll also be able to sync your bookmarks and notes across devices when the new textbooks arrive in early August through Google Play Books.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.