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Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics

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  • Great stuff Sep 17, 2017

    By Harquebusier
    There is no other app for reading old, obscure works (for free in most cases) but Google Play. With it, I've read Joseph Priestley's "Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit" and I'm partway through his "Corruptions of Christianity." Also, George Berkeley's "Alciphron." Now I've moved on to Sir Humphrey Davy's "Elements of Chemical Philosophy," books that no one in their right mind would spend time on, but still so much fun. This is only augmented by the ability to highlight in five colors and to make your own footnotes. You can define most words in the text or else search for them on the web. I highly recommend this for any fan of dead authors.
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By AHYAAN ASIF
    This app is fine. It is my favourite e-library app. It also allows uploading of pdf and e-pub but it would be better if it allowed comic format.It would be also be good if other things were also changed. First of all, it really should have option for making custom shelves to keep things organized. Second, When you change the E-pub Format , it changes automatically of the other books too. It would be better it each book's format should stay like it was when last changed it.
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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.
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  • Great Reader App Jul 31, 2017

    By Noblueyes
    As a reader app it does the job solidly! I can easily read any book I have purchased through Google however the browsing abilities of the app are severely lacking. I don't want to peruse articles as much as I want to look for more books I might find an interest in. When opening the app there is a decent "recommended for you" list but with no way to change or extend the list, search a new list or simply refresh the list without going through a "build your interests" type form. Obviously, I can browse on a desktop or laptop but that isn't as convenient as being able to do it from the same device I just finished reading from. It could also benefit from manipulating the screen timer. It's quite frustrating to constantly have to unlock the phone because the screen times itself out on every page.
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  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Archana Kamble
    That's really a wonderful app. Only the thing, the read books still appear in the main list of books with those not started, and also in the list of finished books, with download option. This causes confusion between read and unread books in the list. Also, the read book gets downloaded every single time when it gets clicked unintentionally. So the books need to be sorted out completely according to categories: not started, in progress and finished to avoid further confusion. Thanks.
    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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  • Can’t purchase books in an app for books Dec 18, 2020

    By Tiarra.
    I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Google Books over the years. I used it some years ago for school, but quickly switched to Books when I got my first iPad. A few months ago I went back to this app to purchase a book in another language. I love that there’s a specific button for translation, but that’s about it. Sometimes notes show up, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they move. And, being in the margin, they’re difficult to retrieve without turning the page, if it opens at all. Also. I don’t know what happened between when I purchased the book (summer 2020) and now (winter 2020), but now purchasing books in the app is disabled. The prices aren’t even listed. I’ve noticed that the Google/Android model involves needing different apps for functions that could be done by one app, but not being able to purchase books in an app designed for reading books seems overwhelmingly defeatist.
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  • 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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  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Aditya Rathore
    Its better than Kindle if provided.. A margins option (subset of layout in kindle mobile) to optimize full screen is a must to enjoy ebooks on mobile. *Why can't we highlight text across two pages? *Why notification bar is black while reading? *Why there is no option to hide filters (downloaded, author, language) at the top book library? Please see these issues, It will become best.
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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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  3. Interactive features like Bubble Zoom bring your favorite comic books and manga novels to life under your fingertips

Reviewed by Kaylin on August 23, 2018

  • Great stuff Sep 17, 2017

    By Harquebusier
    There is no other app for reading old, obscure works (for free in most cases) but Google Play. With it, I've read Joseph Priestley's "Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit" and I'm partway through his "Corruptions of Christianity." Also, George Berkeley's "Alciphron." Now I've moved on to Sir Humphrey Davy's "Elements of Chemical Philosophy," books that no one in their right mind would spend time on, but still so much fun. This is only augmented by the ability to highlight in five colors and to make your own footnotes. You can define most words in the text or else search for them on the web. I highly recommend this for any fan of dead authors.
    more
  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Archana Kamble
    That's really a wonderful app. Only the thing, the read books still appear in the main list of books with those not started, and also in the list of finished books, with download option. This causes confusion between read and unread books in the list. Also, the read book gets downloaded every single time when it gets clicked unintentionally. So the books need to be sorted out completely according to categories: not started, in progress and finished to avoid further confusion. Thanks.
    more
  • Apr 17, 2021

    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 (1.5 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 😴 THE VERY BEST BOOKSTORE IN THE WORLD 🌎 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Android 11 using
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  • Apr 18, 2021

    By OneElkCrew
    Probably the best overall platform, you can upload, take notes and have a clear UI on the same Google ecosystem. I hope Google won't kill this like it did Play Music
  • Great for text books!!! Sep 25, 2017

    By Anonymous Group
    I am a college student and I just love how easy it is to upload PDF versions of textbooks to google play on my computer and then view the on my phone. Google play automatically compresses the textbooks and lets me download them for offline viewing on my phone. I can then access the textbook from any device with either the google play app or any computer through their website. The yellow (blue light removal) feature is also great for late night study sessions.
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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By AHYAAN ASIF
    This app is fine. It is my favourite e-library app. It also allows uploading of pdf and e-pub but it would be better if it allowed comic format.It would be also be good if other things were also changed. First of all, it really should have option for making custom shelves to keep things organized. Second, When you change the E-pub Format , it changes automatically of the other books too. It would be better it each book's format should stay like it was when last changed it.
    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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  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Nocturama Book Room
    Needs a scrolling feature! And comic book file downloads are taking hours at times after they'd gotten faster than ever. (Edit: this could very well have been an issue with my phone. Downloads are completing now, 3-14-21.)
  • Eh... Oct 29, 2017

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

    By Bibeku
    I found this app great, still there are lot of things to improve to make it better. The great thing is that it has best 3d flipping animation while turning pages and it also syncs book to its drive, it can read both pdf and epub though it would better if it could read azw3, djvu, mobi, etc. it would also be better if i could put on some notes in it also it has some issues to be fixed while, i turn on voice for book it shuts off while going to another page simply it could read only a page at a time. i cant edit highlights i've previously made, to edit those highlight i should have to delete whole selected highlight and should be made again. To make this app better if user could make folders to separate different files. It would be great and i would be so thankful if the above issues and features would be upgraded. Thankyou for listening me.
    more
  • Apr 14, 2021

    By simeon hector
    Pdf's do not show color when device is in dark mode. The other issue is, when outside with no data, books won't open even if They have been downloaded to the device for Offline reading. The app itself opens, but nothing else opens. other than these issues, this is my favourite reading app. Also, being able to organise our library isa most, yet we have no option to.
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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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  • Apr 16, 2021

    By Steven Hernandez
    Still needs to look 'cleaner'. Some pages don't look organized correctly depending on font size, pictures, etc. Highlighted notes sometimes appear very late.
  • Apr 18, 2021

    By Alexandru Andrei Teodorescu
    Updated review* Dudes, the app is nice for reading, BUT IT REQUIRES IMMEDIATE FILTER FOR LANGUAGE. I mean, I need an author in my language, I don't need to seek it through a ton of other languages.
  • 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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  • Can’t purchase books in an app for books Dec 18, 2020

    By Tiarra.
    I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Google Books over the years. I used it some years ago for school, but quickly switched to Books when I got my first iPad. A few months ago I went back to this app to purchase a book in another language. I love that there’s a specific button for translation, but that’s about it. Sometimes notes show up, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they move. And, being in the margin, they’re difficult to retrieve without turning the page, if it opens at all. Also. I don’t know what happened between when I purchased the book (summer 2020) and now (winter 2020), but now purchasing books in the app is disabled. The prices aren’t even listed. I’ve noticed that the Google/Android model involves needing different apps for functions that could be done by one app, but not being able to purchase books in an app designed for reading books seems overwhelmingly defeatist.
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • DONT PICK this if Other Option Exists Oct 22, 2020

    By LydLydLyd
    Been using this to read a bestseller technical book for the past 3 months. I've observed the following issues so far: 1. Highlight colors mismatch: I use both web browser version and iOS to read for convenience. When I highlight using blue or red in web browser, the highlights are displayed as green or yellow in iOS app. This is really annoying because I highlight a different category of things in green/yellow. This mixes them up. This is a really small but obvious and disturbing friction for users. 2. Images disappear: I paid $33 for the ebook, the same price as its paper copy. This I'm expecting the same content. However, certain images are not available in iOS app. 3. Highlight "wiggles": countless times when I highlighted, either a word or a sentence, the highlight would wiggle. For example, if a word appears in both the subtitle and the paragraph, when I highlight the one in the paragraph, the highlight would show up on the subtitle. When I highlight a sentence, the highlight will be displayed off by several words or even characters. 4. Highlight disappears: when the highlights don't wiggle, they would sometimes disappear. They'll still show up in the list of notes, but they stay invisible on the page. They GHOST you. 5. My thumbs are too tired to type more but I'm sure I observed more... I rarely rate apps, let alone writing a review this long, but 4.6/5 is beyond inconceivable.
    more
  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Aditya Rathore
    Its better than Kindle if provided.. A margins option (subset of layout in kindle mobile) to optimize full screen is a must to enjoy ebooks on mobile. *Why can't we highlight text across two pages? *Why notification bar is black while reading? *Why there is no option to hide filters (downloaded, author, language) at the top book library? Please see these issues, It will become best.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • ☹️ 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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  • Apr 17, 2021

    By Richard Nagel
    Switched country to reflect new move to Luxembourg and now see no option to purchase audiobooks. Very disappointed. Switched to Audible.

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