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    Best Audiobook Apps of 2021

    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.

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    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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jul 22, 2021

    By August Cornelius frost Schilling Hedegaard
    This app is great for having my pdf books and e-books in the cloud, much like play music was so I'm preparing for Google to kill it. Shelves are in, just like they work on desktop, which is great! Now it's just missing a widget that gives easy access to everything on a specific shelf. (I can't pick books for my widget from a shelve... Seriously!)
  • Jul 15, 2021

    By Mihira Karn
    Update: They added the shelves. Kindly add the option for series customisation by users of uploaded books. The option to shelf books in various shelves is also needed. Otherwise nearly perfect app with many fonts, three themes including white, sepia and dark also with blue light filter option. The option to add bookmarks and notes with variations in nice colors, i.e., blue, red, yellow and green is also appreciated.
  • 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.
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By xy mae
    I haven't explored the whole features of the app, but it works pretty well for me. I liked how you can upload files and change the fonts style, size. I also liked the dictionary and translation features. But its easier for me to read in "scrolling" rather than paging. (Edit: I've been experiencing difficulties in regards with the download option. When I uploaded a file all the books weren't downloaded anymore and when I try to reupload the files again it failed to download.)
  • Jul 18, 2021

    By Steve
    Good for reading one or two books, but this can't compete with kindle until the developers update it to support shelves/categories. Update: The app now supports shelves, so changing to 4 stars. To get to 5 stars, it needs to be able to show unshelved books, like you can in a web browser.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jul 22, 2021

    By August Cornelius frost Schilling Hedegaard
    This app is great for having my pdf books and e-books in the cloud, much like play music was so I'm preparing for Google to kill it. Shelves are in, just like they work on desktop, which is great! Now it's just missing a widget that gives easy access to everything on a specific shelf. (I can't pick books for my widget from a shelve... Seriously!)
  • Jul 15, 2021

    By Mihira Karn
    Update: They added the shelves. Kindly add the option for series customisation by users of uploaded books. The option to shelf books in various shelves is also needed. Otherwise nearly perfect app with many fonts, three themes including white, sepia and dark also with blue light filter option. The option to add bookmarks and notes with variations in nice colors, i.e., blue, red, yellow and green is also appreciated.
  • 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.
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By xy mae
    I haven't explored the whole features of the app, but it works pretty well for me. I liked how you can upload files and change the fonts style, size. I also liked the dictionary and translation features. But its easier for me to read in "scrolling" rather than paging. (Edit: I've been experiencing difficulties in regards with the download option. When I uploaded a file all the books weren't downloaded anymore and when I try to reupload the files again it failed to download.)
  • Jul 18, 2021

    By Steve
    Good for reading one or two books, but this can't compete with kindle until the developers update it to support shelves/categories. Update: The app now supports shelves, so changing to 4 stars. To get to 5 stars, it needs to be able to show unshelved books, like you can in a web browser.
  • 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.
  • Jul 5, 2021

    By Adnan Qamar
    Its better than before. Although plenty of features are missing, custom fonts, custom themes. Also add an option that whenever we open the app it directly opens to library as well as an option to hide all the book suggestions. And there are few books I am unable to upload to site due to "incompatible" issues. Even though they are EPUBS which function properly on other apps.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jul 25, 2021

    By Cheryl Signor
    I used to love Google play books. Would have given it 5 stars. Still like the audio book section. Unfortunately I can not read any of the books because when I open a book the whole page goes so dark I cannot read the words.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jul 9, 2021

    By Tracey Drake
    My main problem with this app is access to the lighting level controls. Seriously just spent 15 minutes trying to adjust the brightness, only to find them tucked away within the font setting (the Aa symbol), under another tab labelled 'tone'. Maybe just add a good old sun symbol to the main options??
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ☹️ 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.
  • Jun 30, 2021

    By Tim Jackson
    I really HATE the latest update with the pages in chapter and percentage of the book finished at the bottom of every page. It's information I don't need to know and it's very distracting and pulling me out of the reading experience. It was simple enough to find that information by just tapping the center of the screen previously. Google Play books has always been about removing distractions so that I can just read. Now they've decided that they want to distract. NOT a fan!

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  • img Expert Best Audiobook Apps of 2021 Best apps for travel to china

    Best Audiobook Apps of 2021

    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

  • 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.
  • Jul 15, 2021

    By Mihira Karn
    Update: They added the shelves. Kindly add the option for series customisation by users of uploaded books. The option to shelf books in various shelves is also needed. Otherwise nearly perfect app with many fonts, three themes including white, sepia and dark also with blue light filter option. The option to add bookmarks and notes with variations in nice colors, i.e., blue, red, yellow and green is also appreciated.
  • Jul 18, 2021

    By Steve
    Good for reading one or two books, but this can't compete with kindle until the developers update it to support shelves/categories. Update: The app now supports shelves, so changing to 4 stars. To get to 5 stars, it needs to be able to show unshelved books, like you can in a web browser.
  • Jul 3, 2021

    By Soumyajit Samal
    Loved the app and its features in all. There is this one thing that is a bit odd that the screen brightness cannot be changed while reading the text. It stays at a constant light. The brightness option that is given just changses the brightness of the texts but the screen's remains bright. During daytime it is not a problem but during the nighttime it becomes hectic. Please do something to it.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!!
  • 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.
  • Speak screen app unresponsive Jun 25, 2018

    By Vidy1983
    When I leverage the accessibility feature in iOS of “speak screen” the app reads the current page but then becomes unresponsive at the end of the page. The only way to revive the App is by killing it first and then restarting it. This needs to work like other e-book applications like Kindle and iBooks work to speak screen should be able to turn pages and continue reading. Play books used to be my favorite app but no more.
  • Saisfied customer Jun 20, 2017

    By b17j25
    Update: Still very happy with this App, glad that it has been kept simple and easy to use. Maybe a filing system would be useful for some. All told very good and recommended. Previous comment Apart from lacking a good filing system I am very satisfied with this App. Does most things Kindle, Kobo & iBooks do, you just need to look for them, every reading App is different. Pricing of books is very competitive and should also be considered, PlayBooks is way out in front in this respect.
  • Pages freeze when using speak screen. Feb 8, 2020

    By globalminded
    When using speak screen once the page is finished reading the app freezes. It doesn’t turn to the next page and continue reading like in other apps. Really would like this fixed. Overall great app, just that minor issue I’ve come across. Update: turned off page animations then it started working fine.
  • 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.
  • Jul 2, 2021

    By Jennifer Applebee
    Update: Working with the external storage unit is successful. The formatting of this application is consistently good and easy to use. It's my favourite ebook reader. Most of my digital books use this application. I've a significant problem. I'm unable to get the application to recognise my SD storage installed on my device after thoroughly doing all I've read is necessary.
  • Jul 22, 2021

    By Asisha Joseph
    Functional. So many features are missing here: - Scroll for highlights, when half the sentence is on one page and half on the other. - Export the highlights as notes, (within the copy quota ofc). - Swiping left and right edge of screen for adjusting brightness and font size - tagging books. The shelves were a nice touch though, but fairly basic. - chapter title should be visible SOMEWHERE.
  • Jul 9, 2021

    By Chantelle McDonald
    It's a great app for reading books. I'm happy you have added the shelves to the mobile version. The only thing I suggest is: please add total number of books that are purchased and total number of finished books on the mobile device. The same as on the desktop version. Thanks
  • Highlight suggestion Mar 17, 2021

    By BamNyang
    I’m using an iPad and I wish I can highlight certain parts of the reading easier and smoother. There is not much freedom in terms of highlighting, side-noting, or even just writing on the pages. For example, I need to hold and drag the lines to highlight but sometimes it does not register or sometimes it just flips the page in the middle or dragging. I think having a highlighter option separately might solve the issue. Other than that, I’m fairly satisfied with the app.
  • Even with Apple, I can't switch Oct 21, 2017

    By Lonelygurl4now
    I started using this app 4 years ago, and I switched to Apple 2 years ago. I kept using Google Play because 1) I already purchased books 2) They have ebooks great for school and 3) it's a good app. I give it a 4 because the books are sometimes wacko or the free books don't have all the content so you have download another free version of the book. But the app never crashes, and it's easy to use.
  • I’ve always loved this app Feb 24, 2021

    By nik book lover
    I’ve always loved this app nhave been buying book for a few years now but I switched over to an I phone n it won’t allow me I but the book any more n it says I have to go to the google play store, when I do that it makes me download google pay! Why can’t I buy my last 3 books of this series threw the google books app
  • Great app! Sep 27, 2019

    By Some people have
    This is a wonderful app and I have been using it for many years now! The only qualm I have is that there is no way to personally sort your books into genres or anything of the sort. Other than that it is absolutely perfect! I would recommend this app to anyone who is considering downloading it!
  • 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.
  • Jul 22, 2021

    By August Cornelius frost Schilling Hedegaard
    This app is great for having my pdf books and e-books in the cloud, much like play music was so I'm preparing for Google to kill it. Shelves are in, just like they work on desktop, which is great! Now it's just missing a widget that gives easy access to everything on a specific shelf. (I can't pick books for my widget from a shelve... Seriously!)
  • Jun 19, 2021

    By xy mae
    I haven't explored the whole features of the app, but it works pretty well for me. I liked how you can upload files and change the fonts style, size. I also liked the dictionary and translation features. But its easier for me to read in "scrolling" rather than paging. (Edit: I've been experiencing difficulties in regards with the download option. When I uploaded a file all the books weren't downloaded anymore and when I try to reupload the files again it failed to download.)
  • Jul 5, 2021

    By Adnan Qamar
    Its better than before. Although plenty of features are missing, custom fonts, custom themes. Also add an option that whenever we open the app it directly opens to library as well as an option to hide all the book suggestions. And there are few books I am unable to upload to site due to "incompatible" issues. Even though they are EPUBS which function properly on other apps.
  • Jul 26, 2021

    By Nikolai Hoftun
    Problems marking text and write notes in my own ebooks. Highlight collours and write notes, and it dissapears. Private notes, it is not public. Also gets marks/highlight text, at places I have not done. Should also be more selections of collours, as I miss orange. Still problems marking and write notes.
  • 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.
  • Jun 14, 2021

    By Anna Julia Duarte
    Used to love the app, since I can have my uploaded books available anywhere and the text-to-speech tool was really smooth. But lately it's been stopping midway the transcript, and repeats the last line - this if I'm lucky. If I'm not, it will just stop altogether and I'll have to shut down the app so it can get back on working.
  • Jul 26, 2021

    By Andy Lu
    It's not a bad app, but there could be some improvements that could be made such a more advanced dictionary like Kindle's X-ray for fiction book terms, continuous scrolling, custom font, incentives for buying bundles (such as discounts), grid-view for books, customizable text margin. Maybe even pay authors more so more books will come, authors won't use Google Play just so their book will appear in search results, and better discounts.
  • 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.
  • Wish there was more Dec 22, 2019

    By MsAjayi
    I much prefer the Apple Books app. It has a section to put books that I want to read so I have an ongoing list. All of the available books & audio books to purchase are in that same app too. To use the google books app you have to go on google play (which is not an app) & go through movies & tv on there as well. The google books app would be much better if they at least had google play in an app instead of going on chrome & typing it in & ultimately if they just had the available books in the books app itself.
  • 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.
  • Jul 25, 2021

    By Cheryl Signor
    I used to love Google play books. Would have given it 5 stars. Still like the audio book section. Unfortunately I can not read any of the books because when I open a book the whole page goes so dark I cannot read the words.
  • 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.
  • Jul 9, 2021

    By Tracey Drake
    My main problem with this app is access to the lighting level controls. Seriously just spent 15 minutes trying to adjust the brightness, only to find them tucked away within the font setting (the Aa symbol), under another tab labelled 'tone'. Maybe just add a good old sun symbol to the main options??
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jul 7, 2021

    By Caitlin McHugh
    I'm kind of upset Google Play Books took away the page status and percentage at the bottom. I really enjoyed seeing that and when I went on to read today it was gone. If other people did not like it, then make it an option for people who do want it.
  • Good but could be better May 5, 2019

    By Doomdaygirl13
    The app is fine, and while I do like it over the one I had before I still prefer this one over it. While I say that, I can't discount it's mistakes. The epubs that I mainly use Google play books for doesn't have a cover page to it, and I have to go by the names instead. There isn't any shelves to organize your stories by, at least not in the iPhone version which is something that the iBooks (apple's version) has over them, and I plead that they will change it in the near future. You also can't rename any of the epubs, another thing that iBooks let's you do.
  • Background downloads hopefully includes Resume downloads May 26, 2018

    By DeeJaySas
    I was just about to give it one star, but then saw the latest update includes background downloads. I have ‘lost’ several nearly complete audio book downloads because of the lack of the app being able to resume downloads. This is highly annoying when you are on a slow and limited data connection. Download resuming is a basic function and should have been in the first version. Hope that background downloads includes this function, but it didn’t get a mention and I haven’t been able to try it yet.
  • Download Issues unable to Contact Support easily May 15, 2018

    By lenax316
    The app has been great for me up until the most recent update. For some reason I am only able to read the sample and it will no longer allow me to purchase the entire e-book. Instead I am getting an error stating “books already purchased are available to read in this app.” I have not purchased the e-book at this point, what is the meaning of this? I have tried reinstalling and using the troubleshooting info, however, nothing has worked and it is extremely difficult finding an alternate way to get support.
  • 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.
  • ☹️ 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.
  • Jun 30, 2021

    By Tim Jackson
    I really HATE the latest update with the pages in chapter and percentage of the book finished at the bottom of every page. It's information I don't need to know and it's very distracting and pulling me out of the reading experience. It was simple enough to find that information by just tapping the center of the screen previously. Google Play books has always been about removing distractions so that I can just read. Now they've decided that they want to distract. NOT a fan!
  • Caveat emptor Jun 29, 2017

    By lebvendors
    Select titles stop opening or cut off text. Google tech support personnel untrained to resolve problems with google play books app on iPhones. Malfunctioning titles deleted from google play books library on iPhones are not replaceable. Requests emailed to google customer service to receive a functioning copy of a malfunctioning title are ignored. Google customer support drops calls. Google automated refund system rejects valid refund requests and requires manual override by customer support personnel. (To obtain my refund for a malfunctioning title, I had to call customer support three [3] times. Customer support had to call me back three [3] times.) Tone of service of google customer support personnel is very good; but google customer support personnel lack the training and tools to resolve problems after the sale. Buyer beware.
  • 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.
  • Problems with this ap May 13, 2019

    By Blah,blah, blah!
    I have written and written to Google Play Books about my issue, to no avail. Nobody answers my questions or addresses my issue, which is a MAJOR one!!! Often, in the books I buy, the words from one page to another do not correlate!! There are missing sentences, missing words!! I have to try to DECIPHER the meaning of pages that don’t have all the sentences on them that the author writes!! You make it impossible to contact you, and you don’t care to fix your issues!! Also, bought a sample, but the book won’t download. REFUND ME!!! Disgusted and fed up, having spent too much money on books I cannot read for you! Respond, or I will keep giving you awful reviews, which you deserve.
  • Jul 3, 2021

    By NOthanks Google
    Agree with Tim jackson, the latest updates have been terrible for this app. I don't want to see the page status at the bottom. That's fine if you make it an option but I don't want it on by default. They've also removed the night time reading function. Do not like having to rely on my phone's night time function. I only want it in the app.
  • Jul 6, 2021

    By Nathan Bondy
    Bought the abridged version of a book accidentally and Google would not refund my money to purchase the unabridged version. They need to do a better job of letting users know what version they are getting. Will not use this service again and will look elsewhere.
  • The Bane of My Existence Oct 21, 2020

    By KatyMajor
    Let me start by saying that this is easily the worst reading app I’ve ever used. I’m amazed at its inability to perform even basic functions. It doesn’t recognize my pressing and dragging to highlight, so anything I’m reading as research takes 2-3 times as long. It randomly freezes and crashes, and pages take long seconds to turn. I’ve rage quit countless times and feel like a total idiot for buying 3 Google Books having not tried the apps. This app has now become the bane of my existence. Reading has become a giant source of frustration. Please do not make this mistake and buy their books if you rely heavily on reading apps!!! I honestly never write reviews but this product is so bad I had to say something.

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