In a bid to rival Apple and Amazon, Google launched its eBookstore in the UK in October last year. eBooks purchased from Google's online store, which offers a catalogue of around three million titles, can be downloaded and read on Apple iPads and iPhones thanks to a free app that can be downloaded from the iTunes app store (it's also available for Google Android tablet PCs and smartphones. Furthermore, some eBook readers will support the format – although Amazon's Kindle is currently excluded from the list of supported devices at present, and PC users aren't left out as a browser that is Javascript enabled can also be used to read Google eBooks .

It's worth noting, Google eBooks are stored online so you can access and read any of the eBooks you have purchased from any of the compatible devices without the need to install them on the device. It also allows you to carry on reading from where you left off, no matter which device you use. We've already shown you how to purchase and read a Google eBook on your PC and how to purchase and read a Google eBook on an Android device  but here’s how to purchase and read a Google eBook on an Apple iPhone or iPad.

Step one
You’ll need to start by downloading the Google Books app, which is available for free from the iTunes app store. It’s worth noting you need iOS 4.0 or above installed and you’ll also need a Google account.  Once the app has been installed on your device, launch the software.

Step two
You’ll be presented your My Google eBook account, and if you have previously downloaded any eBooks, they will be displayed with the most-recently read appearing first. To begin reading simply tap the book’s icon and you’ll be presented either with the first chapter, or the last place if you left off reading the book, if you’ve previously opened it on another device. You scan scroll backwards and forward through the pages simply by swiping left or right on your device’s screen.

Step three
Pressing the menu key during reading allows you to access the Settings options to adjust the text size, line spacing, type face and justification. When you’ve finished reading, you can return to your eBook library press the back key.

Step four
To browse the Google eBookstore, visit from your iPhone’s web browser. Browse the bookstore or use the search box at the top of the screen to find a specific title or author. Once you’ve selected a book, click on the button displaying the price, and the default credit card assigned to your Google Wallet account will be displayed along with the total price. Simply press Accept & Buy to purchase this eBook.  If you haven’t already set-up a Google Wallet account, read our How to create and manage a Google Wallet account, article. The eBook will then be downloaded and appear in your eBook library. You’ll be given the option to read it now or continue shopping.

Step six
Alternatively, if it’s a free eBook, press Open and the title will be automatically downloaded to your eBook library and opened so you can begin reading it.