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Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

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All the books you love. On the page or out loud. Anywhere you are.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.1
1.7M+ Ratings
  1. 5
    65%
  2. 4
    11%
  3. 3
    8%
  4. 2
    4%
  5. 1
    12%
  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Ryan Senator
    I love this app. The Read Aloud function alone is worth the 5 * rating. In terms of research, this has been incredibly useful, I use the storage feature (it saves the highlights and notes to a file on your Google Drive) to go back to what I had previously found important. This is, perhaps, the most important app on my phone. Sure, it has some drawbacks but I am ever-so grateful for the ongoing work on this product.
    more
  • 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
  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Jennifer Leal
    As an avid reader I love this app, I have over 7,000 books in my library I've been using this app going on 7 years now and I'm still very happy with it I've had a few problems with it over the years but that's to be expected and they all got sorted out so that said I will continue to use Google Play Books as long as I can find My favorite Authors and find new reads that catch my eye 👀
    more
  • 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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  • Oct 21, 2020

    By Marion Svendrowski
    SERIOUSLY DEFECTIVE! Notifications turned off! They are turned off deliberately for extremely good reasons. PERSIST IN GIVING NOTIFICATIONS THAT NOTIFICATIONS ARE TURNED OFF! Notifications will not ever be turned on! THIS IS PISS POOR PROGRAMMING, THE DEVELOPERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED AND DONE MOTHING! PISS POOR CUSTOMER RELATIONS.
    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.
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  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Jonna
    You know, one of my favorite things about Google Books was that I could upload my own books to the app, and now I can't anymore. Now I have to find another non-proprietary book app, and I'm really annoyed. Thanks for the lousy updates, Google.
    more
  • 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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  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Deepali Vitra
    I am using the read aloud option and the voice has become so much worse. This is the only app which has gotten worse with time. The TTS does not comprehend basic punctuations now, which it did earlier.
    more
  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

  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Ryan Senator
    I love this app. The Read Aloud function alone is worth the 5 * rating. In terms of research, this has been incredibly useful, I use the storage feature (it saves the highlights and notes to a file on your Google Drive) to go back to what I had previously found important. This is, perhaps, the most important app on my phone. Sure, it has some drawbacks but I am ever-so grateful for the ongoing work on this product.
    more
  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Jennifer Leal
    As an avid reader I love this app, I have over 7,000 books in my library I've been using this app going on 7 years now and I'm still very happy with it I've had a few problems with it over the years but that's to be expected and they all got sorted out so that said I will continue to use Google Play Books as long as I can find My favorite Authors and find new reads that catch my eye 👀
    more
  • Oct 21, 2020

    By RUPERT
    Love this app. Wonderful a library wherever you are I have over 1.000 books and 70 audio books so far on my phone and with phones taking TB cards now (1 TB available so far) have room for 100,000's of them! so never get bored on journeys the only thing I wish they would add is genres so books could be sorted better PLEASE ADD GENRES 👍👍👍👍👍THANKS! also AUDIOBOOKS are great for when your tired 😴 why updates everyday?
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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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  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Ní Raghallaigh
    I actually refuse to buy an ereader because they don't support Google Play Books. I absolutely love this app. Its easy use. Has a great selection; every book I've wanted, I've been able get. Very reasonable prices and I can use my phone credit to pay for them. I genuinely recommend this. My only ask? Please Google, bring out an ereader. I would love one, but I will only use Play Books to buy ebooks.
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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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  • 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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  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Sam Ja
    Additional one star as what I was asking for, I have seen some realised. I dont know if this is possible but I will ask. Is it possible to incorporate a bible into my books so that if I come across a scripture, I can tap it from the book and then it opens up in the bible? I can pay for the bible app if need be. The functionality can be just as the dictionary. This will encourage and attract more people to purchase book and study the in one place.
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  • Oct 19, 2020

    By Chris Kudelka
    Mostly great. Love being able to easily upload my own library. Big limitation is that you can't save highlights, mark ups or hand written notes with stylus. Annoying.
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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
  • Oct 22, 2020

    By Devansh Pruthi
    It worked well for me, but now when I open the app, the covers don't appear in list mode but appear in grid mode, the cover doesn't appear in the remove download/delete from library/mark as finished option.... please help me fix this
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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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  • Highlights messed up Jan 1, 2019

    By feeling unwanted
    The book reader does fine, however the display often messes up. I do a lot of highlighting, in various colors. When reading a chapter I previously used some highlighting on, sometimes I’ll turn the page and the entire page is highlighted one color, turn the page the entire page is highlighted another color, turn the page and things are back to normal. If I click anywhere on the page that’s completely highlighted, and hit delete the entire page’s highlighting disappears, but I don’t know if what I wanted to be highlighted also disappears. I hope they fix this bug.
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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.
    more
  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Jonna
    You know, one of my favorite things about Google Books was that I could upload my own books to the app, and now I can't anymore. Now I have to find another non-proprietary book app, and I'm really annoyed. Thanks for the lousy updates, Google.
    more
  • Oct 18, 2020

    By Deepali Vitra
    I am using the read aloud option and the voice has become so much worse. This is the only app which has gotten worse with time. The TTS does not comprehend basic punctuations now, which it did earlier.
    more
  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Nicholas Laskar
    I'd leave a better score if the app didn't keep pausing itself, I'll be listening to a book and all of a sudden nothing, its paused and have to restart up to 5 minutes prior to where I had been, last update made it horrible, what ever you guys did please change it back.
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  • 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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  • Oct 21, 2020

    By Marion Svendrowski
    SERIOUSLY DEFECTIVE! Notifications turned off! They are turned off deliberately for extremely good reasons. PERSIST IN GIVING NOTIFICATIONS THAT NOTIFICATIONS ARE TURNED OFF! Notifications will not ever be turned on! THIS IS PISS POOR PROGRAMMING, THE DEVELOPERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED AND DONE MOTHING! PISS POOR CUSTOMER RELATIONS.
    more
  • 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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  • Oct 20, 2020

    By Jeffery Fain
    I'm sure it would be good if it didn't take 5 minutes to load. And didn't lag. How, how does this lag? I can run Genshin Impact with no problems but THIS has issues?! How?!
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  • ☹️ bad update Mar 9, 2018

    By Silli5E
    I love this app as depending on the system you use you can listen to your books which is a feature I love. I wish it read PDF books as well however, for some reason the latest update has every book regardless of form errors out. All I get is a message saying there was an error uploading the file. Just to be on the safe side I have tried to re-download one of my previously downloaded books from my IF app (Instafreebie) and I still get an upload error message. Outside of this first and only issue I have had with this app I would give it five stars however the fact that it’s not working for any new books I buy or books from the authors I review for I have to give it 1 star as I am now forced to use other reading apps rather than the one I want to use.
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