Google Play Books

Google Play Books

Read your favorite books and authors on the go today.


Additional Informations
  • Current Version: Varies with device
  • Updated: January 17, 2018
  • Requires Android: Varies with device
  • Installs: 1,000,000,000 - 5,000,000,000

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Descriptions


Make digital reading even easier with Google Play Books, featuring smart recommendations personalized just for you, access to millions of best sellers, comics, and textbooks, and loads of customizable features.

Just some of the highlights of Play Books are:

* Preview free samples from our catalog of millions of books including romance, comics, mystery, sci-fi, young adult & more
* Read your books, comics, and textbooks on Android, iOS, or your web browser, even when you’re offline
* Find your next read via our highly personalized recommendations, curated series and author pages, and in-app alerts about new releases you’ll love
* Read Discover, a daily feed of book news & stories with articles from Slate, Vox, the Google Play editors, and more (US only)
* Follow your favorite comics series, devour our weekly deals, and read about your favorite superhero with Bubble Zoom, an exclusive technology preview that’s available on select titles
* Customize your reading experience by choosing your preferred font, text size, or page color, and make late night reading easier on your eyes with Night Light
* Rent or buy digital textbooks and study better when you harness the power of Google with integrated Google Search, rapid Skim Mode, Quick Bookmarks, and the ability to easily sync your notes and highlights to Google Drive

Reviews


3.9
1,391,372 total
5 753,698 
4 224,654 
3 144,841 
2 69,125 
1 199,054 

  • Google Play Books
    Cherry Blackmore Published date: December 15, 2017

    I have a couple of suggestions for the developers. Firstly, please can we have the ability to mark books as favourites, and 'pin' our favourites to the top of the app's lists, or maybe even make a seperate list for the marked favourites? Also, the 'mark finished' facility should be optional, and we should have the ability to switch it off in the settings: some of us like to re-read good books, and don't want to get rid of them. @Ric TheSeagull: no app, except the phone's native camera, can write directly to SD card in any version of Android later than Gingerbread. This is an OS feature, not the fault of the app. Please stop asking the developers for the impossible. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Ric TheSeagull Published date: December 15, 2017

    New update still can't download books to sd card!!! The app itself is very good as well as the books. Unfortunately, the biggest downside is a massive disadvantage, that you cannot yet download the books to the sd card. This means the app will drink up your internal storage thereby limiting me to just one book, which may at some stage need to be uninstalled because of the storage issue and use a different app altogether. The app itself is smooth to operate and excellent realism to the actual book with the added bonus to zoom in on pages. I also love the night mode it has too! Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Vivek Panicker Published date: December 26, 2017

    It's an amazing app.... I live using it.... I will give 5 stars if you work on my suggestion of creating a folder like system in which we can keep all the books together of a particular category wise.... Which makes it easy to organise and search.... It would act like a shelf of different books but categorized.... Please create this feature... Thank you Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Josh Dillon Published date: December 15, 2017

    Love the new skim mode, footnote handling, highlighting, and visual refresh. Very fast and fluid feeling, even on huge epubs with many footnotes like the Bible. The best ePub reader now. UPDATE 2017-12-15: Neglected app with almost no active development or response to valid feedback. Add ability to disable dictionary lookups. Add continuous highlighting. Add the ability to make collections or "shelves" of books for personal organization. Add audiobook support for books with audio versions... and on and on. PLEASE! Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Noah Kromer Published date: December 21, 2017

    I'm very disappointed that Google Books will not cast to the Google home or Google mini speakers, let alone in the other speaker in the network. Since virtually any other book can be used in the Read Aloud feature, it seems it would simply be second nature for Google to enable casting to one of its devices. This is maddening to me, I was really thinking it would do that. Shame, Shame Google. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Desirae Pascale Published date: January 14, 2018

    I love reading. I hate reading using this application. When people wonder why others illegally download media, they should look no further than this application. If you want to buy something and then have no rights to it and not be able to use it the way you want to even though you own it, then definitely use this product! Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Noral Kuhlmann Published date: January 10, 2018

    There is no way to organize uploaded or purchased books - users have been asking this for years, but in different ways. There needs to be a way to organize your uploaded or purchased books into series or authors or how every the user needs. Google are you listening! I have deducted a star - I keep getting anime suggestions for book. I have never purchased any and Mark them as not interested but more show up! Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Dean N Published date: December 30, 2017

    Can't change the default language for search results... Kinda pointless to go through that whole initial setup in English and then be given all Korean books that I can't read. Huge eyesore. So the only way I can casually browse English books is by leaving my current country? Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Christina Elaine Chesser Published date: January 15, 2018

    I was loving it just loving it until I had my phone stolen and lost my Google account now all my games and books and everything are gone and I want them back. Can't find all the books I already bought can't afford to buy them again disappointed that everything has to be connected to one email address and I'm out all my books and games that's a downfall to connecting everything in one account it becomes like you don't even exist if you can't get into your email and Google Plus account Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Hop Jump Published date: January 15, 2018

    Using this for research, reason I got it was the books I needed are only available on google books. Basic reader, has the usual hi light feature. Zooming can be quite annoying as it won't stay zoomed even when you've locked the zoom. No option to swipe L or R to turn page, only scroll down. It's OK, but could be a lot better. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Anks K Published date: January 8, 2018

    Add a scrolling option as read a selecting read aloud does not works properly the moment next page is turned down .. a paragraph gets missed to be read.. Kindly get this done else read a loud is of no use. Also if u cant add scroll down scroller. Then read aloud should stop at page end. only start once next page is turned. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Nicholas ONG Published date: January 4, 2018

    Limit collection in our geographical region. Books that are available are priced close to normal book prices. Unable to filter types of books by cost languages easily. More improvements needed before relevant. Meanwhile, I will stick to Singapore National Library subscription to Overdrive for my readings. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Kim Rudd Published date: December 25, 2017

    Awesome I love this. I fumbled around with other well known names only to become frustrated at having to install Adobe or other 3rd party apps to download. Google Play books is so user friendly and I can access my books from any device without fuss. I am an older reader with visual problems that stopped me reading paperbacks years ago. Now, with filters like night mode and a choice of backgrounds, fonts and sizing... I'm back in the game. I can't recommend this highly enough. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Nitish Rana Published date: January 5, 2018

    This app is pretty much fine but I want to add few of suggestions. Firstly I want to arrange the book accordingly or arrange them in separate folders. Second .... Nope this is only problem that I am facing. If this problem is solved then it deserve 5 stars.(at least I will give 5 star if this problem is solved) Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Jeffrey Treloar Published date: December 26, 2017

    Appears to be impossible to copy text! Ridiculous. Cannot copy text from book I purchased so that I can put it in my notes to lead a book group. Guess I will have to stick with Kindle App. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Mohamed Zein Published date: December 26, 2017

    The application keeps being disabled on my phone. Every time I access My Book, I am asked to enable the app again. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Mark McDow Published date: January 14, 2018

    Long time bug, it uses cell data sometimes despite being connected to Wi-Fi and being blocked from using data in the settings. Otherwise I love that I can upload my book collection to have one cloud based storage of my reading. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Published date: January 7, 2018

    It's a gorgeous app! Better than Kindle, actually. Keeps up with your pace; has a beautiful night mode; the text, and settings are very easy to change. Definitely recommend. Also, has a generous range of free books, for everyone wondering. Will definitely keep the bookworms entertained!! Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Jason Funk Published date: January 12, 2018

    I'm enjoying the app, except that I have to constantly re-enable it. And if I'm out of range of wifi or 3g, I can't load google play store to re-enable it. Really frustrating... I would rate it 5 stars if it didn't do this... Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Paula Treu Published date: January 13, 2018

    Read aloud became unavailable with the newest update. I was in the middle of a book. It's very frustrating as I don't have time to stare at a screen but used to be able to listen while working. I'll be switching to kindle. Shame because i spent a lot of money on these books. Also as everyone else is begging for there's no way to sort the books into folders. With over 300 books it's extremely frustrating. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Martini Eleven Published date: December 19, 2017

    Predictive recommendations look like a military sadist involved in a drug-fueled mythical haze wrote the suggestion reading algorithm. The MPs in the UK see this as well in other connected Goofle properties. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Alice Asselin-Abston Published date: January 14, 2018

    The app crashes when I want to use the read aloud function (it'll read but the screen goes to my phone background and I need to take the battery out to restart my phone when I'm done). Also, on my old phone the voice worked really well and now it has a hard time reading the verb to be, its incredibly monotonous compared to the other voice. Aside from that its great for reading. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Published date: January 17, 2018

    Not familiar at all with most of what is on here,don't read books much ,it's a good thing ,would be handy at this time for me though. Thanks anyway so confused¿ Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Tevfik Oğuzhan Aksoy Published date: January 10, 2018

    I like the app but I have a problem and even though i made a search for it I couldn't reach any solution, i believe it's simple, how can I change the offline dictionary language or implement a new one? Is that possible yet? Help please. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    waitoe kyaw Published date: January 17, 2018

    There is a problem play book keep disappearing on my note 8 after 1 or 2 days. I have to keep enable it . Please fix it. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Jaust Wannareview Published date: January 1, 2018

    Google books is a great app. It's a shame so many "a Google user" reviews are written by illiterate philistines that hate books. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    H MK Published date: December 30, 2017

    Great selection, easy to navigate, and use. My only critique is have to keep downloading the same books. It's inconvenient when I try to open, assuming it's been downloaded, and I'm not on wifi. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Peter C. Equality Frank Published date: December 19, 2017

    There are plenty of #free books available in the play store, especially many classics. This app stores all data on internal storage despite the presence of external xSD memory card, and internal data storage takes up more space than the app itself! I mean, seriously, the app is taking up 1.2GB of storage on my phone. That's gigabytes in case anyone thinks it's a typo! So I'm taking away two stars until Google can get this app's hunger for data under control. 🍽️🍛🍽️ Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Jane Berlin Published date: December 22, 2017

    Google is always judged way harsher then others! I'm not sure why we all tend to do that..but we do. The fact is- there isn't really anything wrong with this app at all. It doesn't deserve the low rating it currently has. We are all just pissed at Google -because we feel manipulated by their very clever mining of our personal data -that has been going on for years in exchange for their "free", addicting and highly useful services. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Poser Panda Published date: December 15, 2017

    It's the best, and not just because I love to read. There's an easy to use book-mark, words in different languages are translated, if you need them to be, and highlighting text is simple. The only problem I have, is that a good portion of my bought books, won't show up in my library. I have to keep searching the store for my titles. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Published date: December 19, 2017

    This useless app can't even open an epub file locally! What is this, North Korea? Once more google only caters to some ideal user it imagines, while they are useless to the rest of us. I will certainly never buy a book through you guys since you are such needy narcissists. I don't want your cloud services! Take a hint!!! Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    TinTin Kalaw Published date: January 18, 2018

    Best e-reader app that I've ever used! Would be great to be able to adjust the reading speed of the "read aloud" feature :) (UPDATE: A hack that I did for this is adjusting the speech rate in the accessibility settings) Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Published date: December 18, 2017

    More Google garbageware that plugs up my tablet and there is no way to uninstall it since it is a system app. Must be nice to be able to force apps on people who do not want them. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Ahmed Yanaal Published date: January 2, 2018

    Had app auto-disabling issue since Oreo update till these days. But it's working fine now. The fix for the app came really late. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    A Google User Published date: December 20, 2017

    "Mark as Finished" option disappeared . And my Finished Reading shelf is empty. For an older Version (but problem is still there) ***My phone was freezing up when I started to read aloud a book. My problem was fixed by turning off the lock screen. But now my phone is always exposed because I use this app too frequently to have any issues with it. My problem is resolved but no thanks to Google. I still cant make the other voices in a voice set work for reading aloud a book I still have to listen to the default first voice in a voice set. Now I don't know if it's Google Play Books issue Google text to speech issue. I have reported this problem on both apps but still it isn't fixed. It has been over a year. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    David Hin Published date: January 12, 2018

    Why will you guys not implement custom shelves or some sort of sorting? Is it that difficult? At the very least, can we move books from continue/finished reading to plan to read? This is literally the only thing stopping this app from being the best book app. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    M.A. Hayes Published date: December 21, 2017

    Still doesn't open PDFs or Epubs If you purchase from Google bookstore, the book opens fine. If you follow directions to open an Epub book or PDF file, it still doesn't work. I hope Google will fix this. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Sergey Zolotorev Published date: December 24, 2017

    Looks like the app has a big fail: it looses all your notes and bookmarks from a sample book when you buy a full book. Really bad surprise. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Andrew Rens Published date: December 30, 2017

    I never use this so why can't I uninstall it. Instead it wastes memory on my phone. I will never use it in protest at the insulting non removal nonsense. Full Review

  • Google Play Books
    Lindsay Wilson Published date: December 14, 2017

    {Old Phone} Samsung Galaxy Note 4 {New Phone: since 4.2017} LG G6 - 12.14.17 - I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS APP!!! When I'm not watching stuff on Netflix or Hulu, I am reading books on here!!! LOVE IT!!! =D ♡♡♡♡ Full Review