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  • img Expert Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    We put 10 audiobook apps to the test to see which is best for catching up with our reading on the go without breaking the bank.

  • img Expert
    1. No strings attached! Choose from millions of best-selling e-books, comics, textbooks, and audiobooks with no subscription required
    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

  • Jan 19, 2022

    By Christopher Wolf
    I'd easily go straight to 5 stars if the capability to have the option of either reading or watching an audiobook purchased. Competitors have had this capability for some time. You're GOOGLE!! I know you can do this; and the want for it is obvious if you look at blogs online.
  • 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.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By JP's Budget Journey
    Love this app but there are somethings that I think would make it even better. From simple things like being able to sort by the publication date or the purchased date or even by personal ratings. It would also be nice to have continuous scrolling as an option instead of turning a page. Something bigger that would be nice is having a subscription like Kindle Unlimited but here on Google Play Books. I spend most of my time in the Kindle app because there are more options but I like Google better.
  • 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.
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By Arxcervus
    Haven't rated this app, but been using it for years and love it. Jumping from devices is seamless, the reading experience is my favorite compared to Kindle, the deals are great, points turned to credit makes you read more and more imo. One thing I'd love though, is a reading stat feature showing how many books you've read, how long you read, what particular books you like reading, weekly hours, etc; I think it'd be neat.
  • 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.
  • Jan 12, 2022

    By Jackie Corley
    I always enjoyed but a few weeks I wanted to read something I had from Thomas Paine " Common Sense?". I also paid for several books by Mark Levin and Dinesh D'Souza. My phone had to be replaced at sometime in late 2020. My Federalist papers are gone. I didnt have that on the books but I should be credit for them because I do not have any access to them.
  • 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.
  • Jan 19, 2022

    By Christopher Wolf
    I'd easily go straight to 5 stars if the capability to have the option of either reading or watching an audiobook purchased. Competitors have had this capability for some time. You're GOOGLE!! I know you can do this; and the want for it is obvious if you look at blogs online.
  • 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.
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By JP's Budget Journey
    Love this app but there are somethings that I think would make it even better. From simple things like being able to sort by the publication date or the purchased date or even by personal ratings. It would also be nice to have continuous scrolling as an option instead of turning a page. Something bigger that would be nice is having a subscription like Kindle Unlimited but here on Google Play Books. I spend most of my time in the Kindle app because there are more options but I like Google better.
  • 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.
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By Arxcervus
    Haven't rated this app, but been using it for years and love it. Jumping from devices is seamless, the reading experience is my favorite compared to Kindle, the deals are great, points turned to credit makes you read more and more imo. One thing I'd love though, is a reading stat feature showing how many books you've read, how long you read, what particular books you like reading, weekly hours, etc; I think it'd be neat.
  • 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.
  • Jan 12, 2022

    By Jackie Corley
    I always enjoyed but a few weeks I wanted to read something I had from Thomas Paine " Common Sense?". I also paid for several books by Mark Levin and Dinesh D'Souza. My phone had to be replaced at sometime in late 2020. My Federalist papers are gone. I didnt have that on the books but I should be credit for them because I do not have any access to them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hi! Nov 30, 2021

    By ♥️😊♥️😊♥️
    I’m trying this app out because I’m doing battage of the books so I need something that has all the books that are mostly free, my friends on my team are gonna get this so I’m super excited to try it out! 5 days later~ This app is horrible! I was using my school account cause I didn’t have another one and so did and so did my friends some bug got into all of our accounts and it stated that we had been hacked, if you are gonna get this app, DONT! And if you are gonna get it anyways, PLEASE DONT USE A SCHOOL OR PERSONAL ACCOUNT!!! Make a new one. It was all so horrible what happened to me and my friends so please take my advice and don’t get this app. I’m so disappointed and dissatisfied. I was so excited to try this app and now this makes me sick. I have been experiencing glitches on my school account ever since that on this app along with all my friends who got it. I’m actually to the point where I’m very concerned about my school acc, sometimes it won’t even open docs and stuff. Please fix this or take all accounts off so it makes it easier for everyone else. Ugh.
  • Jan 9, 2022

    By matt drzal
    There is a yellow tint to the screen that stays on whenever even though night light and blue light filter are turned off. When I use the overview button the screen takes around a half a second to make everything back to normal. This only happens in app and ruins the colors of all the comics I have. This issue has been there for years and has not been fixed, even after contacting Google support.
  • 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.
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Angela Cornelius
    Normally I loved thos app as I could find so many wonderful books to read and listen to when I'm at work. However over the last year I have been having issues with my auduobooks stopping randomly for no reason and it just seems to be getting worse and worse. The sad thing is I can't seem to find a solution at all. If this was fixed then I'd be happier and would greatly recommend this app again with 4-5 stars.
  • 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.
  • Jan 2, 2022

    By Amanda Ford
    Google Play on Pixel 6 Sucks. I love using this app for reading and preparing for my meeting lessons. But ever since I got the Pixel 6 this app runs extremely slow. It takes 3 to 5 minutes to open a lesson, it takes the same amount of time to go to the next page. I do not know what happened once I got the Pixel 6, but it is extremely disappointing especially because you would expect it to run better with the Google Pixel 6, the flagship phone for Google, but instead I have to use another app.
  • 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.
  • Dec 26, 2021

    By Rodney McKay
    Revised 12/25/21: Someone listened but implemented the feature to group books only 1/3 of the way. Shelves are now a thing which is like tagging, only worse. You can see the books in a shelf by "opening" the shelf. However, looking at the book from your books list - you can't tell which shelf or shelves it belongs to. Utterly useless. Original Review: No ability to group or tag books once purchased.
  • Dec 27, 2021

    By buymytoasters
    What an absolutely broken app. Always crashed with Auto and now does the same in Android 12s new driving mode. Get a call? Crash. Message notification? Crash. Paused playback and hit play? Crash. This is clearly a low priority app for uncle Google and they'll probably kill this off too. One redeeming factor is the ability to download my purchases for playback elsewhere.
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By chelsiee whoo
    I loved this app until my last audiobook is missing SO MANY chapters! And I've tried everything to fix it and nothing has helped. I reached out to a live agent and he was no help at all. And said he couldn't escalate it bc its an audiobook so he couldn't get screenshots of the issue. I will update my review IF I can ever get help fixing this.

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  • img Expert Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    Best Audiobook Apps of 2022

    We put 10 audiobook apps to the test to see which is best for catching up with our reading on the go without breaking the bank.

  • img Expert
    1. No strings attached! Choose from millions of best-selling e-books, comics, textbooks, and audiobooks with no subscription required
    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

  • Jan 5, 2022

    By Arxcervus
    Haven't rated this app, but been using it for years and love it. Jumping from devices is seamless, the reading experience is my favorite compared to Kindle, the deals are great, points turned to credit makes you read more and more imo. One thing I'd love though, is a reading stat feature showing how many books you've read, how long you read, what particular books you like reading, weekly hours, etc; I think it'd be neat.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!!
  • Jan 9, 2022

    By Nicole Kalomas
    Love this app. So many books so little time. Always have a ton of free books to choose from. I spend the cash I earn from other apps in this app. I believe I have enough books to read to last me a very long time. Yet I keep going back for new finds.😊WIN WIN
  • Jan 17, 2022

    By JP's Budget Journey
    Love this app but there are somethings that I think would make it even better. From simple things like being able to sort by the publication date or the purchased date or even by personal ratings. It would also be nice to have continuous scrolling as an option instead of turning a page. Something bigger that would be nice is having a subscription like Kindle Unlimited but here on Google Play Books. I spend most of my time in the Kindle app because there are more options but I like Google better.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great app but I want more Nov 29, 2021

    By GN4361
    The UI is perfect and simple. I read and listened to dozens of books and audiobooks. However, I just want one feature added so I can read anywhere. One place I find it hard to read is on buses or cars when I’m a passenger. My iPad or phones shakes way to much when I’m reading. Can developers add a feature to like book stabilize when I’m reading a book? So if I shake my phone the book I’m reading is not interrupted from vibrations. It’s kind of like the video stabilization on a GoPro. Be super awesome. Thanks for a great app so far.
  • Jan 19, 2022

    By Christopher Wolf
    I'd easily go straight to 5 stars if the capability to have the option of either reading or watching an audiobook purchased. Competitors have had this capability for some time. You're GOOGLE!! I know you can do this; and the want for it is obvious if you look at blogs online.
  • 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.
  • Jan 12, 2022

    By Jackie Corley
    I always enjoyed but a few weeks I wanted to read something I had from Thomas Paine " Common Sense?". I also paid for several books by Mark Levin and Dinesh D'Souza. My phone had to be replaced at sometime in late 2020. My Federalist papers are gone. I didnt have that on the books but I should be credit for them because I do not have any access to them.
  • 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.
  • Jan 6, 2022

    By Ann Marvin
    Translation feature desperately needs improved. The app allows you to translate ONE page at a time. Obviously, that's unrealistic for a book. Nor does the app allow you to export the BOOK into a PDF or word doc or read online so that you can leverage app or browser translation capabilities. Bottom line, translation feature's inadequate.
  • Dec 16, 2021

    By Rachel S
    I love Google books, I love that I can tell my Google home to read my book to me. Lately though my audiobooks keep stopping for no reason mid sentence and I have to keep opening the app to restart it. It drives me crazy, I want to set it to play and do my work or drive. This used to be the best app, please fix it!
  • 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.
  • Jan 2, 2022

    By Amanda Ford
    Google Play on Pixel 6 Sucks. I love using this app for reading and preparing for my meeting lessons. But ever since I got the Pixel 6 this app runs extremely slow. It takes 3 to 5 minutes to open a lesson, it takes the same amount of time to go to the next page. I do not know what happened once I got the Pixel 6, but it is extremely disappointing especially because you would expect it to run better with the Google Pixel 6, the flagship phone for Google, but instead I have to use another app.
  • 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.
  • Dec 27, 2021

    By Zach Kinkead
    Between limiting the file size and the number of books to only 1000, the cloud storage doesn't work as well as it could. I tried to remove books to make more room but it will only allow you to delete one at a time. If they're going to limit the number of books we can have then they should at least allow for better file management.
  • Could be much better Oct 23, 2021

    By Ben_225
    I only use this for audiobooks so far (I’m on my third book), and it is competent on this function. Especially, I like how it will go back to the start of a sentence whenever you begin playback, which means you are never lost about what is being discussed. HOWEVER. The inability to buy books through the app is absolutely baffling. So much can be done through mobile these days; how can a company such as Google completely hollow out this app’s potential by making people go buy books on a desktop, just to listen on mobile. This seems like such a blatant omission that there must be some explanation for why it’s not included, but it definitely hurts the user experience. Do better Google
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By Georgy Serga
    It's limited and long due for an update which never happens. The reader is not the best (features, settings, formats), the book selection is not on the highest level, content which supposed to be free (books written thousands years ago) aren't free. And, well, as time goes by what's new introduced here? The app was like that for years.
  • Jan 9, 2022

    By Bruce Peltzer
    I'm disappointed, ironically, by the experience of searching for books in the play store. At least let me filter on full books versus summaries, and by language. I'd also like to control whether or not to apply dark mode when reading.
  • Don’t Use for Audiobooks Yet Jul 24, 2018

    By Feltronc
    I gave Google’s new Audiobooks support a chance, because I own Google Home products. Playback constantly fails, and then it will not remember the last playback location, returning to the one before it failed. This happens when using voice commands with your Google Home or when casting from this app. The only way playback won’t fail is you either play it locally on your phone or use Bluetooth, which is what I was doing before (and will now return to doing) with Audible. So for ebooks? Sure, go ahead and get it. But if you’re looking to start using this for your new audiobooks purchases, I must suggest you hold off until Google works out all the kinks and it doesn’t feel like a beta feature anymore.
  • Dec 16, 2021

    By Jonathan Picazo
    It's functional, but lacks features that I would expect. First is natural voice reading with the Google Assistant voice. How does it not have that feature yet? Another thing is the way it handled definitions, which isn't smart. Instead of "present participle of ", why don't you give me the actual definition of ?
  • Hi! Nov 30, 2021

    By ♥️😊♥️😊♥️
    I’m trying this app out because I’m doing battage of the books so I need something that has all the books that are mostly free, my friends on my team are gonna get this so I’m super excited to try it out! 5 days later~ This app is horrible! I was using my school account cause I didn’t have another one and so did and so did my friends some bug got into all of our accounts and it stated that we had been hacked, if you are gonna get this app, DONT! And if you are gonna get it anyways, PLEASE DONT USE A SCHOOL OR PERSONAL ACCOUNT!!! Make a new one. It was all so horrible what happened to me and my friends so please take my advice and don’t get this app. I’m so disappointed and dissatisfied. I was so excited to try this app and now this makes me sick. I have been experiencing glitches on my school account ever since that on this app along with all my friends who got it. I’m actually to the point where I’m very concerned about my school acc, sometimes it won’t even open docs and stuff. Please fix this or take all accounts off so it makes it easier for everyone else. Ugh.
  • Jan 9, 2022

    By matt drzal
    There is a yellow tint to the screen that stays on whenever even though night light and blue light filter are turned off. When I use the overview button the screen takes around a half a second to make everything back to normal. This only happens in app and ruins the colors of all the comics I have. This issue has been there for years and has not been fixed, even after contacting Google support.
  • Jan 13, 2022

    By Angela Cornelius
    Normally I loved thos app as I could find so many wonderful books to read and listen to when I'm at work. However over the last year I have been having issues with my auduobooks stopping randomly for no reason and it just seems to be getting worse and worse. The sad thing is I can't seem to find a solution at all. If this was fixed then I'd be happier and would greatly recommend this app again with 4-5 stars.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dec 26, 2021

    By Rodney McKay
    Revised 12/25/21: Someone listened but implemented the feature to group books only 1/3 of the way. Shelves are now a thing which is like tagging, only worse. You can see the books in a shelf by "opening" the shelf. However, looking at the book from your books list - you can't tell which shelf or shelves it belongs to. Utterly useless. Original Review: No ability to group or tag books once purchased.
  • Dec 27, 2021

    By buymytoasters
    What an absolutely broken app. Always crashed with Auto and now does the same in Android 12s new driving mode. Get a call? Crash. Message notification? Crash. Paused playback and hit play? Crash. This is clearly a low priority app for uncle Google and they'll probably kill this off too. One redeeming factor is the ability to download my purchases for playback elsewhere.
  • Jan 5, 2022

    By chelsiee whoo
    I loved this app until my last audiobook is missing SO MANY chapters! And I've tried everything to fix it and nothing has helped. I reached out to a live agent and he was no help at all. And said he couldn't escalate it bc its an audiobook so he couldn't get screenshots of the issue. I will update my review IF I can ever get help fixing this.
  • No feature to keep audiobooks playing in background. Seriously? Mar 1, 2021

    By Freelancerjourn
    I recently decided to give Google audiobooks a try. I just downloaded a Google audibook. I started playing it, then navigated away from the app so that I could check email. Once I navigated away from the app, the audiobook stopped playing. Seriously? How far behind the times do you have to be? Audible, Kobo book audibooks, Nook audibooks. What do they all have in common? As long as you didn’t press the stop button, the audio continues playing after you navigate away from the app. Google Books needs to be update ASAP to allow for background audio for audiobooks; meaning, as long as you don’t hit the stop button, the audibook keeps playing even after you navigate away from the Google Books app.
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Jessica Williams
    App does not work well anymore. It takes 5 minutes to load every page. I've been using this app for years and the last three months I have been having issues. I have tried everything, uninstalled it, cleared cache, cleared the data, nothing works. I give up on this app. It obviously needs some type of update. It does not work on any of my devices.

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