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Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

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  • Great stuff Sep 17, 2017

    By Harquebusier
    There is no other app for reading old, obscure works (for free in most cases) but Google Play. With it, I've read Joseph Priestley's "Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit" and I'm partway through his "Corruptions of Christianity." Also, George Berkeley's "Alciphron." Now I've moved on to Sir Humphrey Davy's "Elements of Chemical Philosophy," books that no one in their right mind would spend time on, but still so much fun. This is only augmented by the ability to highlight in five colors and to make your own footnotes. You can define most words in the text or else search for them on the web. I highly recommend this for any fan of dead authors.
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  • Great app that is far more better than other apps but still more to do Oct 14, 2019

    By Bibeku
    I found this app great, still there are lot of things to improve to make it better. The great thing is that it has best 3d flipping animation while turning pages and it also syncs book to its drive, it can read both pdf and epub though it would better if it could read azw3, djvu, mobi, etc. it would also be better if i could put on some notes in it also it has some issues to be fixed while, i turn on voice for book it shuts off while going to another page simply it could read only a page at a time. i cant edit highlights i've previously made, to edit those highlight i should have to delete whole selected highlight and should be made again. To make this app better if user could make folders to separate different files. It would be great and i would be so thankful if the above issues and features would be upgraded. Thankyou for listening me.
    more
  • Jan 4, 2021

    By Melissa Lovelien
    Need more sorting ability. In both library and shop. I greatly dislike short stories, but there is no way to sort them out of recommendations. I HATE comics. Also no way to sort them out. I am currently only able to read English but again no way to sort out the Spanish (i think its spanish) versions. Also the series aren't complete. The missing ones are usually available but not attached to the series. Annoying.
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  • Great Reader App Jul 31, 2017

    By Noblueyes
    As a reader app it does the job solidly! I can easily read any book I have purchased through Google however the browsing abilities of the app are severely lacking. I don't want to peruse articles as much as I want to look for more books I might find an interest in. When opening the app there is a decent "recommended for you" list but with no way to change or extend the list, search a new list or simply refresh the list without going through a "build your interests" type form. Obviously, I can browse on a desktop or laptop but that isn't as convenient as being able to do it from the same device I just finished reading from. It could also benefit from manipulating the screen timer. It's quite frustrating to constantly have to unlock the phone because the screen times itself out on every page.
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  • No Images May 17, 2018

    By Slappy18
    All my purchased books have no images. Anytime there is supposed to be an image, it just says “image not available”, including on all the covers and photo inserts. When I download a sample, it does display the image! Does not make sense to me, and this just started only two days ago. I will wait to purchase any more books on my list for google play books until this is fixed. Other than this, it is (was) the highest quality of all the ebook apps. UPDATE: I thought it was fixed as I was getting images there for awhile, tried downloading some more books and “image not available” is occurring again! Please fix so I can always see the images when I open the book, I wii wait until this is finally fixed before making amy more purchases. Other than this glitch, all is good.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Bandar Julkiram
    I like that it marks the bookmarks and the current page on the bar below, but there are times that those markings dont appear. Also, When I finish a book, I just want to mark it as FINISHED. I don't want to DELETE it. Please leave the deletion choice to us.
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  • Can’t purchase books in an app for books Dec 18, 2020

    By Tiarra.
    I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Google Books over the years. I used it some years ago for school, but quickly switched to Books when I got my first iPad. A few months ago I went back to this app to purchase a book in another language. I love that there’s a specific button for translation, but that’s about it. Sometimes notes show up, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they move. And, being in the margin, they’re difficult to retrieve without turning the page, if it opens at all. Also. I don’t know what happened between when I purchased the book (summer 2020) and now (winter 2020), but now purchasing books in the app is disabled. The prices aren’t even listed. I’ve noticed that the Google/Android model involves needing different apps for functions that could be done by one app, but not being able to purchase books in an app designed for reading books seems overwhelmingly defeatist.
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  • Jan 4, 2021

    By Louise Geraghty
    Terrible. Book is just a picture of the page of the printed book so options to adjust the text size are ridiculously limited, unless you want to keep scrolling side to side. If you try to read it in landscape to get around the zoom issues you can only zoom to full page width, which is too big. Am really annoyed that I only discovered this after I'd bought a book, if I'd known it was going to be this terrible I wouldn't have bothered. Lesson learned, will never buy a book from Google Play again.
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  • Has great potential but is rather unpolished Dec 23, 2019

    By Theocritus125
    Pros: The app is very good at syncing between all your devices. Also allows for multiple highlighting and annotations, though they are rather unattractive. Also, kudos to Google for being the only reader that allows you to choose between scanned and flowing editions. This is very helpful for the academic who really needs to see physical page numbers for citation purposes. Cons: The previous update allowed for highlighting of scanned pages, and that's a step in the right direction, but it didn't work very well at all and was quite frankly a mess on the scanned page I used it on. The new search function in PDFs is also a great idea, though, once again, it didn't work on some of the PDFs; it did, however, work on most of them. Lacks one common sense feature. For example, if I select a hyperlink and it takes me to another part of the book, it would be nice to have a "back" button. For endnotes, you can select the number of the endnote and get back to the place you were in the text, but endnotes are not the only hyperlinks, and there needs to be a "back" button in these instances (as there is in the desktop version). Currently there is none. Also, The method of selecting the text for annotation is clunky and needs to be improved like the other readers. Certainly not a replacement for Kindle or Apple Books at this point. Otherwise, a decent app.
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  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Sparky McBalls
    I can't figure out how to search ebooks without audiobooks. I found a favorite author on Google Play and it had a longer list of her ebooks than this Play Books app. I'm getting old and I'm locked down in a nursing home since March and now I understand why everything pisses Boomers off. I've just spent half my first stimulus check on tech and half of it either doesn't work like it promises or just doesn't work or stops working or... . Get me an ebooks button and give me a bigger discount.
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  2. Special Night Light setting automatically adjusts the background color and brightness to make it easier for you to fall asleep
  3. Interactive features like Bubble Zoom bring your favorite comic books and manga novels to life under your fingertips

Reviewed by Kaylin on August 23, 2018

  • Great stuff Sep 17, 2017

    By Harquebusier
    There is no other app for reading old, obscure works (for free in most cases) but Google Play. With it, I've read Joseph Priestley's "Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit" and I'm partway through his "Corruptions of Christianity." Also, George Berkeley's "Alciphron." Now I've moved on to Sir Humphrey Davy's "Elements of Chemical Philosophy," books that no one in their right mind would spend time on, but still so much fun. This is only augmented by the ability to highlight in five colors and to make your own footnotes. You can define most words in the text or else search for them on the web. I highly recommend this for any fan of dead authors.
    more
  • Jan 12, 2021

    By Chirag T
    Hi there developers I love this app and am really greatful that you provide such good books at cheap rate, with nice reading features on the ebooks. I just wanted to say that I face trouble in selecting text for colored notes that end of different page. Apart from that, the app is amazing!
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  • Great for text books!!! Sep 25, 2017

    By Anonymous Group
    I am a college student and I just love how easy it is to upload PDF versions of textbooks to google play on my computer and then view the on my phone. Google play automatically compresses the textbooks and lets me download them for offline viewing on my phone. I can then access the textbook from any device with either the google play app or any computer through their website. The yellow (blue light removal) feature is also great for late night study sessions.
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  • Do you want easy then this is the right one? Jul 17, 2019

    By Venice Blair Sky
    My daughter recommended this app because both of us were taking a course that required lots of reading, questions, & class participation. Extra research was required to complete the course. I used other books but I couldn’t under line or add notes to references attached to the original text. So I finally listened to her & switched to Google Play Books. WOW!!!!! Immediate results: my concentration was greatly improved & studying time was decrease drastically. Thanks So Much!!!!!
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  • Thank God for Google Dec 16, 2017

    By MrsEvilBrooks
    I'm so thankful that Google decided to digitize and preserve the writings that may have been lost in this digital era. Their work has been a treasure trove for people like me who feel that the only true way to have a complete picture of our past is to continue to read the writings of those who have preceded us. And if we don't know our history we are sure to repeat the worst parts of it. Thanks, Google. Now I can take thousands of interesting and thoughtful people with me in my relatively tiny purse.
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  • Great Reader App Jul 31, 2017

    By Noblueyes
    As a reader app it does the job solidly! I can easily read any book I have purchased through Google however the browsing abilities of the app are severely lacking. I don't want to peruse articles as much as I want to look for more books I might find an interest in. When opening the app there is a decent "recommended for you" list but with no way to change or extend the list, search a new list or simply refresh the list without going through a "build your interests" type form. Obviously, I can browse on a desktop or laptop but that isn't as convenient as being able to do it from the same device I just finished reading from. It could also benefit from manipulating the screen timer. It's quite frustrating to constantly have to unlock the phone because the screen times itself out on every page.
    more
  • No Images May 17, 2018

    By Slappy18
    All my purchased books have no images. Anytime there is supposed to be an image, it just says “image not available”, including on all the covers and photo inserts. When I download a sample, it does display the image! Does not make sense to me, and this just started only two days ago. I will wait to purchase any more books on my list for google play books until this is fixed. Other than this, it is (was) the highest quality of all the ebook apps. UPDATE: I thought it was fixed as I was getting images there for awhile, tried downloading some more books and “image not available” is occurring again! Please fix so I can always see the images when I open the book, I wii wait until this is finally fixed before making amy more purchases. Other than this glitch, all is good.
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  • Jan 3, 2021

    By Qasim Mustafa Ali
    It was fixed then the exact same thing happened....... I stopped using Google play books because of the stupid reading way...... please fix it.......I'm used to The original Google voice and now it's changed and it's really annoying offline and online.... The online one stops too much between each sentence and I can't concentrate because she's not the voice I like. How can I change it?
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  • Dec 18, 2020

    By NickieChantell Strydom
    Love the Google Books app, and have been using it for years. Specifically because of the more natural reading voice. I note however after the latest update that the natural reading voice has drastically changed and now sounds more robotic than natural. Could the development team please have all look at fixing this with a new update? Much appreciated.
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  • Eh... Oct 29, 2017

    By BenGenGal
    I’m giving this four stars because in some cases it seems to work well. My biggest complaint is getting samples of books. I like the ability to view a sample... but once a sample, always a sample... in the app anyway. I purchased the full book and can read the entire book on the browser but as soon as I go back to the app it’s a sample again. I’ve tried deleting the download and even removing the title and then going back to the full book on the web browser and clicking “view in app”. Even if I’m in chapter one on the browser when I click to view in app, it goes back to the introduction and says none of the chapters are able to be viewed. Like it’s still a sample. So I’m annoyed with that but otherwise the app seems okay.
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  • Great app that is far more better than other apps but still more to do Oct 14, 2019

    By Bibeku
    I found this app great, still there are lot of things to improve to make it better. The great thing is that it has best 3d flipping animation while turning pages and it also syncs book to its drive, it can read both pdf and epub though it would better if it could read azw3, djvu, mobi, etc. it would also be better if i could put on some notes in it also it has some issues to be fixed while, i turn on voice for book it shuts off while going to another page simply it could read only a page at a time. i cant edit highlights i've previously made, to edit those highlight i should have to delete whole selected highlight and should be made again. To make this app better if user could make folders to separate different files. It would be great and i would be so thankful if the above issues and features would be upgraded. Thankyou for listening me.
    more
  • Jan 4, 2021

    By Melissa Lovelien
    Need more sorting ability. In both library and shop. I greatly dislike short stories, but there is no way to sort them out of recommendations. I HATE comics. Also no way to sort them out. I am currently only able to read English but again no way to sort out the Spanish (i think its spanish) versions. Also the series aren't complete. The missing ones are usually available but not attached to the series. Annoying.
    more
  • Dec 25, 2020

    By Nimit
    I use this app every day and I love it, but it seems to me that Google has kinda pushed it to the side. All the other 'Play' apps have moved on, such as Play Music and Play Movies Barring that, it's pretty great to use, I just which it had these 4 features: 1. Ability to edit metadata (Title, author, cover) 2. Custom shelves in the app, or some other way to manually organise your library 3. Ability to add your own uploaded mp3 audiobooks 4. Ability to add custom series' from uploaded books.
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  • Good enough I guess May 6, 2018

    By taylormicky
    (TLDR: no page forward from left side of screen) Pros compared to native iBooks: - text size, font, spacing far more customizable - text fills to the edge of the screen (finally!) - navigation to the "bookstore" is hidden in the left toolbar (no more tapping 4 different bottom-row icons by accident when I just want to read books from my library) - interface just "feels" more updated/streamlined Cons: - NO OPTION TO PAGE FORWARD WHEN TAPPING THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. This is my biggest issue with the app. If you don't mind, then you'll probably really like the app. It might make it almost unusable for me - no ability to sort books into folders (while convenient in iBooks, the fact that they force an "all books" main screen instead of just uncategorized books makes it worthless to me, so in that regards it's not a big issue that play books doesn't have it) I only use it to read uploaded epubs so I don't know how everything looks for purchased books. However, I would like the opportunity to customize the blank cover that shows up with uploaded books, with my own image or text. That alone would entice me to use this app even without the ability to page forward from the left of the screen.
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  • Jan 4, 2021

    By Nursyaqilah Shahrol
    This apps is great. The audiobook is nice eventhough I only purchased free books. There's timer button too. I think this app is the only one who allows me to upload pdf books that cant be found here. But the problem is I unable to read it smoothly because the page is too small and I need to manually zoom to each line to read. I hope the team can make the pdf adjustable so other reader can read it seamlessly
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Bandar Julkiram
    I like that it marks the bookmarks and the current page on the bar below, but there are times that those markings dont appear. Also, When I finish a book, I just want to mark it as FINISHED. I don't want to DELETE it. Please leave the deletion choice to us.
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  • Can’t purchase books in an app for books Dec 18, 2020

    By Tiarra.
    I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Google Books over the years. I used it some years ago for school, but quickly switched to Books when I got my first iPad. A few months ago I went back to this app to purchase a book in another language. I love that there’s a specific button for translation, but that’s about it. Sometimes notes show up, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they move. And, being in the margin, they’re difficult to retrieve without turning the page, if it opens at all. Also. I don’t know what happened between when I purchased the book (summer 2020) and now (winter 2020), but now purchasing books in the app is disabled. The prices aren’t even listed. I’ve noticed that the Google/Android model involves needing different apps for functions that could be done by one app, but not being able to purchase books in an app designed for reading books seems overwhelmingly defeatist.
    more
  • Has great potential but is rather unpolished Dec 23, 2019

    By Theocritus125
    Pros: The app is very good at syncing between all your devices. Also allows for multiple highlighting and annotations, though they are rather unattractive. Also, kudos to Google for being the only reader that allows you to choose between scanned and flowing editions. This is very helpful for the academic who really needs to see physical page numbers for citation purposes. Cons: The previous update allowed for highlighting of scanned pages, and that's a step in the right direction, but it didn't work very well at all and was quite frankly a mess on the scanned page I used it on. The new search function in PDFs is also a great idea, though, once again, it didn't work on some of the PDFs; it did, however, work on most of them. Lacks one common sense feature. For example, if I select a hyperlink and it takes me to another part of the book, it would be nice to have a "back" button. For endnotes, you can select the number of the endnote and get back to the place you were in the text, but endnotes are not the only hyperlinks, and there needs to be a "back" button in these instances (as there is in the desktop version). Currently there is none. Also, The method of selecting the text for annotation is clunky and needs to be improved like the other readers. Certainly not a replacement for Kindle or Apple Books at this point. Otherwise, a decent app.
    more
  • Jan 8, 2021

    By Sparky McBalls
    I can't figure out how to search ebooks without audiobooks. I found a favorite author on Google Play and it had a longer list of her ebooks than this Play Books app. I'm getting old and I'm locked down in a nursing home since March and now I understand why everything pisses Boomers off. I've just spent half my first stimulus check on tech and half of it either doesn't work like it promises or just doesn't work or stops working or... . Get me an ebooks button and give me a bigger discount.
    more
  • I guess it works because you can read books Aug 11, 2018

    By pbbbbbbbbbbt!
    Other than that, forget it. Forget sorting your books, looking up word definitions or doing searches for words outside of the app. The search function used to work until Google ‘fixed’ it in an update. Now the search function just loads your web browser to the Google home page. Thanks Google! The bookmarks function is clunky at best. Translation rarely works as expected. Pages often get cut off at random, or the app sticks on a page and has to be rebooted. Google really should take a page from the Kindle app, which has far and away superior functionality on all of these fronts. I only use this app to read the books my partner has downloaded to it, otherwise I avoid it because it’s seriously frustrating.
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  • Jan 4, 2021

    By Louise Geraghty
    Terrible. Book is just a picture of the page of the printed book so options to adjust the text size are ridiculously limited, unless you want to keep scrolling side to side. If you try to read it in landscape to get around the zoom issues you can only zoom to full page width, which is too big. Am really annoyed that I only discovered this after I'd bought a book, if I'd known it was going to be this terrible I wouldn't have bothered. Lesson learned, will never buy a book from Google Play again.
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  • Jan 9, 2021

    By Rohit Pansare
    The app dims the screen to such an extent that its not possible to read. This it does for all books. I have sent numerous bug reports but no one responds. I was not having this problem earlier. This is the reason I have stopped buying books on the app.
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  • DONT PICK this if Other Option Exists Oct 22, 2020

    By LydLydLyd
    Been using this to read a bestseller technical book for the past 3 months. I've observed the following issues so far: 1. Highlight colors mismatch: I use both web browser version and iOS to read for convenience. When I highlight using blue or red in web browser, the highlights are displayed as green or yellow in iOS app. This is really annoying because I highlight a different category of things in green/yellow. This mixes them up. This is a really small but obvious and disturbing friction for users. 2. Images disappear: I paid $33 for the ebook, the same price as its paper copy. This I'm expecting the same content. However, certain images are not available in iOS app. 3. Highlight "wiggles": countless times when I highlighted, either a word or a sentence, the highlight would wiggle. For example, if a word appears in both the subtitle and the paragraph, when I highlight the one in the paragraph, the highlight would show up on the subtitle. When I highlight a sentence, the highlight will be displayed off by several words or even characters. 4. Highlight disappears: when the highlights don't wiggle, they would sometimes disappear. They'll still show up in the list of notes, but they stay invisible on the page. They GHOST you. 5. My thumbs are too tired to type more but I'm sure I observed more... I rarely rate apps, let alone writing a review this long, but 4.6/5 is beyond inconceivable.
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  • Broken - not a quality app May 12, 2018

    By TRexF14
    App will not download or display books comprised of images (comic books). The app will show the download is complete, but all pages will be “image not downloaded.” Until recently, deleting a bad download and trying again would sometimes fix this issue - but not anymore. Application has options “delete download” and “delete from library” right next to each other in the menu. If you accidentally delete from library, you lose the book - permanently. Google can’t restore the original purchase, they can only give you a refund - you have to contact support directly for this. Until the refund is processed, you cannot purchase the accidentally deleted book again, either. The app used to work for comics, but no longer. You are probably better off trying to purchase and read comics via the comic publishers own apps. Hopefully Google fixes this issue with either the content or the app soon.
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  • Dec 20, 2020

    By Steel Wasp
    I've been using it for TTS, listening to thousands of chapters of books. To run from depression and to save my eyes. Now I cannot. The thing I'm used to, rely on, and that is a part of my life, suddenly is not there. This is a second time I'm facing this feeling, and it is still heartbreaking. I dunno what are you trying to do and what happened, but damn, bring that voice back. Please.
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