Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What readers get from Google Play and Kindle mobile book apps

Applications to ebook retailers make it easy for people to read on their smart phones and tablets. Two popular ebook apps come from the mega retailers Google Play and Amazon Kindle.

Both have nice features, and a user's decision on which one to use usually boils down to which retailer they generally shop at.

Like the Borg from Star Trek, Google is well equipped at assimilating humans into its content ecosystem. The plus side of this is that you can access your content through your Google account on any mobile or desktop device.

Its Google Play Books app works on any devices with browsers, including iOS devices. You can also upload your own documents (PDF or Epub) to the books app, which is handy for people who select independently produced content or have other documents to review for work or pleasure. For example, I load raw manuscripts onto my ereading devices so I can read them and consider them before entering an editing environment.

Of course you can purchase ebooks from the Play Store with app and download freebies.

Other features are:
  • Bookmarking
  • Adjustment of screen to light and dark
  • Change fonts and font sizes
  • Text-to-speech when available

The Kindle books app is largely the same except it enables access and purchasing at the Amazon Kindle store. For people who already use a Kindle, the app lets them pick up books and continue them on other devices. This app also lets users upload books borrowed from their library accounts.

Other features are:
  • Dictionary look up of words
  • Font and font size adjustment
  • Various screen color and brightness options

Source: Android Epic App Battle: Google Play Books vs Amazon Kindle

As an author, I publish my work for both Google Play and Kindle platforms. Free ebooks are available that introduce my three series: The Rys Chronicles, Rys Rising, and Werewolve in the Renaissance.

Want some exciting historical fantasy to read on Google Play or Kindle?

Then try Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale. It's free on Google Play and only $0.99 at Kindle (Amazon doesn't let me give it away but you might get it to price match to free.)

About Werelord Thal:

Thal embodies the ancient magic of the pagan past. He challenges a world conquered by a spiritual system that denies the flesh and forgets the Earth.

Although wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting, he still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.

Check out some gripping epic fantasy for grown ups in the Rys Rising series.

Rys Rising: Book I is free on both Google Play and Kindle.

About Rys Rising:

A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk. Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles.

Year in and year out my first novel Union of Renegades entices people to enter the world of the rys alongside Dreibrand Veta.

This epic fantasy is free on both Google Play and Kindle.

In Union of Renegades you'll meet Dreibrand Veta, an officer with the Atrophane Horde. And yes it's a big deal to be part of the horde conquering the known world. Dreibrand is young and ambitious. He's out to rebuild his family's fortune. But at a critical moment, he realizes he's just never going to get what he wants working for his boss, the Hordemaster Kwan Chenomet.

Dreibrand does something rash. He ends up wanted and in the company of an escaped slave, Miranda. With her two young children, she is fleeing the brutal onslaught of the Atrophane. Together they enter the Wilderness. No one ever comes back from this place.

And so Dreibrand and Miranda are ensnared by magic and pass into the world of the rys where the Goddess Onja has ruled the western tribal kingdoms for over two thousand years. She sits upon the greatest treasure. Every year it grows as warring tribes deliver their tribute. Her rival Shan lives at her side, waiting for something to change so he can destroy her.

See where this epic series takes you.

Union of Renegades is free on:

Google Play
Brave Luck Books

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