Spring Design, the makers of the Alex eReader device, announced it has entered into an agreement with Google, which will see it gaining access to over a million Google Books. Alex users will be able to read these books online or download them using the Android-integrated browser and search applications.
"We are pleased to work with Spring Design and the Alex, which is an exciting new reading device, that combined with a wealth of free public domain books from Google, provides great value to eReaders," said Google Product Manager, Brandon Badger. "Our relationship with Spring Design is helping to expand the number of ways people access eBooks and search for information online, whether for business, education or entertainment."
"Our agreement and strategic alliance with Google opens the doors to more readers around the world," said Dr. Priscilla Lu, CEO of Spring Design. "We are excited to be part of Google’s initiative to digitize and deliver the world’s books and look forward to the markets and opportunities these efforts will open up for readers as well as independent authors."
Alex users can access the Internet to search and read eBooks, while simultaneously browsing the web in full color. Users can click links within eBooks that lead to relevant web-based information or multimedia content found online. EPUB digital books can be searched and downloaded using Google API apps.
Spring Design proclaims that Alex is the first and only open Google Android-based eReader platform with full featured Internet browsing, WiFi connectivity, audio and video playback and image viewing in popular formats, and the ability to run a growing number of Google Android Applications.
Financial details of Google's agreement with Spring Design were not made available.