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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Paper books are great, sure, but they're so 20th century. If you've yet to try reading on a tablet (or, if you must, a smartphone), it's time. And Google has you covered with Google Play Books.

There's not much that's surprising here. Google has a store for books. And it gives you an app on which to read them. (Or, if you prefer, you can read in a web browser.) And you get all the bells and whistles you'd expect. New York Times Bestsellers. Textbooks. And, for some classics, you get them for free. You can read offline, adjust font size and switch from day to night mode. Or, if you want, you can upload your own PDFs or EPUB files to your library. You can take notes, bookmark your position — and it's all synced across your devices, through your Google account.

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Google expands Play Books store to several new countries

Total number of countries with access to Play Books reaches 36 worldwide Google is expanding the availability of Google Play Books today to New Zealand and several new countries across Asia. Taking the total number of countries up to 36, these nine new countries now have access to one of the...
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Google Play Books updated with textbook rentals just in time for school

Purchase or rent textbooks for a fraction of the paperback cost. About a month before most college kids get ready to start making book purchases and head into class, Google has flipped the switch on digital textbook rentals in Google Play. Announced back in July alongside Android 4.3 and the new...
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Google announces Textbooks for Google Play Books

We're live in San Francisco with Google, where they have just announced a new category for Google Play Books; Textbooks. Google is promising a wide range of textbooks across differing publishers with different pricing structures available to students.  Textbooks can be purchased as any other book...
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Google Play Books now official in 13 more countries

Thousands of titles, both new and old, are now available for reading on your Android, iOS device and the web across Europe. We've been getting reports of Google Play Books showing up on phones and tablets in new countries across Europe since the beginning of the week, and today Google has made...
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Google Play highlights photography with free eBook, notable apps

Free eBook and eight great apps to get new 'shutter bugs' started with photography As it regularly does, Google Play is highlighting a specific subject with a content promotion and this time the focus is on photography. This week's focus is kicking off with a free eBook from the Play Store -- "...
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Google Play Books, separate 'Games' section now available in Ireland

Two new categories arrive in the Play Store for Irish users Google Play users in Ireland should now have access to both the Play Books store as well as a separate "Games" section on their devices starting today. As pointed out to us by one of our eagle-eyed readers, the Play Store in Ireland now...
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Google Play Books updated with new design, PDF and EPUB uploading

Keep up to 1,000 of your own PDF and EPUB files in the cloud for free Caught up in all of the hullabaloo around the keynote, Google Play Books received a notable update in the Play Store to not only bring new UI elements but also a new way to view your own documents. First up is the design,...
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Google Play books now live in Mexico

Google Play Libros han llegado a Mexico! Google has expanded the Play Store south of the border, and now Google Play Books is available in Mexico. Mexicans can now access thousands of titles, including both Mexican favorites and international staples. If you're a book lover, be sure to check them...
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The Da Vinci Code free in the Play Store; Inferno prolouge and first chapter as a bonus

Many times we get asked where good free books can be found for Android. Not only is this one free, but it also comes with some extra content. Dan Brown's runaway hit The Da Vinci Code can now be downloaded from Google Play Books for free until March 24 for your phone or tablet. Packaged with this...
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Google Play Books updated; Now available in India and 'over 90' issues fixed

Google tossed out an update to Google Play Books this evening, making it a whole lot better by fixing "over 90" issues, allowing users in India to be able to install and use the app, and finally tossing in some UI improvements. While they don't go into any detail about the 90 issues that were...
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Amazon's Kindle daily book deals are a great way to build your library

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Google Play Books updated with new 'Read Aloud' feature and pinch to zoom

Google Play Books has just had an update pushed out into the Play Store, that brings with it among other features a new 'Read Aloud' function. The new feature allows for the listening of most flowing text books, and while it seems to do a pretty good job, it's not going to replace audiobooks...
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Google Play Books and Movies now live in Russia

Google is continuing its expansive rollout of content to different countries today by offering Google Play Books and Movies to the Russian market. On the Books front, Google Play will be offering over 1,000 Russian-language publications, as well as best-selling books from numerous authors. For...
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Grab 999: Twenty-nine Original Tales of Horror and Suspense from Google Play for just 2 bucks [books]

If you're a fan of classic suspense and egde-of-your-seat horror stories, you'll want to have a look at 999: Twenty-nine Original Tales of Horror and Suspense. It's an anthology of 29 short stories of the darker genre from names like Stephen King, Edward Bryant, and Nancy A. Collins. Read it, and  ...
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Google Play Books gets preorders, allowing you to preorder books

Google Play now allows you to preorder books from its "New and coming soon" section. That, uh, allows you to order books before they go on sale. Can't tell if there's any sort of discount for doing so, but at least the mechanism is in place, allowing for a smooth and orderly transaction. Smooth...
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Nexus 7 and Google Play Books now available in Japan

Google has a treat today for all Android fans in Japan. The Google Nexus 7 is now available in the country, and brings with it Google Play Books for the ride. Available from the Play Store for 19,800 Yen ($250) for the 16GB variant, it's good to see the same great pricing expanding across the...
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Google Play Books updated with new tools, highlighting and notes

Google has updated their Play Books application, bringing a new set of tools such as definitions, maps integration, translation, and text highlighting. The new feature set brings along some great options that we've seen in other popular e-book apps, as well as some that we haven't. With today's...
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Books on Google Play now available in Korea

Google Play Books is now available in Korea, offering thousands of Korean titles in what Google calls the "world’s largest eBookstore". We don't know about it being the largest, but we do know it's convenient being able buy all your books in one place and read them on all your Android devices. If...
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Books now available from Google Play in France

The slow, global march of new markets receiving Google Play content continues. This time up, it's the turn of France, where as of today, Books are available to download from Google Play.  In countries where Google Play content has been available for some time, we often take it for granted. But, if...

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I am very angry over the inexplicable disappearance of my purchased book from google play books! I have had difficulties with many google apps since my ISP changed over to gmail driven email services creating conflict with my 14 year old standing acct name & the gmail acct I already had obtained after I purchased my android HTC one n 2009. I haven't been able to get any assistance from my local ISP nor can I find a way to resolve through Google. Anyone have suggestions?