Google's excellent CRM technology (scans images for words to index) feature is now fully usable in old books and scans that aren't available anywhere else. Simply tap the magnifying glass while you're reading and you are able to see a list of places where a specific word exists in a book or manuscript.
Also, the updated app offers a much cleaner Google Bookstore interface for purchasing books through your iPad.
But these changes do not include purchases through the App Store, but rather through the Internet via the Google Books App.
I am not sure that this adheres to the requirements Apple placed on its publishing partners or whether those requirements apply for that matter. The language seems to only apply to subscription based content, but that could change to include ebooks.
The Scanned Pages mode allows the book to be viewed as it would in the format that the original printed text would be.
The Flowing Text mode changes the format and offers more options for readability, like font size, typeface, etc.
Searching from within the Google Books app:
Turning a page using the new and smooth 3D animation:
Flipping the iPad into portrait view, changes the book to a single page view as you would expect. (Scanned Pages Mode)
Download the new app here on the desktop, or update your device using the App Store on the iPad.
By Carl W. Brooks