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How to upload your own file to Google Play Books

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Google Play Books gives power to the people to upload their own books

One feature I'm discovering on Google Play Books that I really enjoy is that I get to upload my own files, which I can then read within the Google Play Books app. Just keep in mind that the files should be of the PDF and/or EPUB varieties. The files you upload should also be DRM-free. DRMs are things that allow sellers to control what you do with their product to some extent. You can get DRM-free files from different sources, like Project Gutenberg.

Google Play Books actually makes a pretty decent eReader. One thing I think makes it pretty solid is it syncs notes, highlights, the place you leave off and more across all the devices on which you use Play Books. The syncing takes place with your Google account.

Let's talk about how to get these files uploaded. In this case, I just saw The Giver and I'd really like to check out the book and see how the book and the movie compare to each other. Join me on my journey as I upload a PDF.

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2 days ago

Sharp's stunning new Aquos Crystal with almost no bezel is heading to Sprint for $239

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Sharp just yesterday unveiled their Sharp Aquos Crystal smartphone with stunningly-slim bezels, and today we're getting official confirmation that the phone is coming to US carrier Sprint and its prepaid Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands. We don't yet have an official release date for the phone, though we do now at least have pricing: $239.99, off contract.

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2 days ago

Contest winners: a OnePlus One, Patriot charger or battery, and Lloyd hats!

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Whether you were looking for a non-spammy and non-sexist contest to enter to win a brand new OnePlus One, or you needed a new Lloyd hat to cover your head, Android Central was the place to be last week. We had contests, and now we have winners! Let's find out who they are.

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2 days ago

ASUS teases something about time (i.e. a watch) for IFA 2014

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Asus CEO Jerry Shen told an investors' conference earlier this month that the company could reveal an Android Wear smartwatch at IFA, and today its Twitter account this morning offered a teaser that likely points to such an announcement in just a few of weeks.

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2 days ago

Top app, device and accessory sales for August 19, 2014

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We've dug up some solid deals on apps, accessories, smartphones, and tablets. If there's something you've been wanting to get your hands on, check out the list below.

As always, if you find any discounts out in the world that isn't listed, let us know in the comments!

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2 days ago

iFixit carefully dismantles Google's futuristic Project Tango tablet

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Google's Project Tango is an interesting venture by the company to produce advanced hardware. These devices are capable of creating a 3D model of the surrounding environment and enable software to interact with both motion and available space. Previously, iFixit took apart the smartphone prototype, but the folks haven't halted and are back with the tablet counterpart.

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2 days ago

Motorola Moto X buyers can get a free wood back cover until August 21

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Motorola's Moto X smartphone may be close to a year old, but that isn't stopping the company from offering a new deal on the Android smartphone. From now until August 21, people who purchase the phone and then customize it with the Moto Maker can get a free wood back cover for free.

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2 days ago

LG to standardize G3 UX features across future smartphones and tablets

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LG plans to bring across UX features found on its high-end G3 flagship smartphone to both entry and mid-range hardware. The company today announced that proprietary UX features will be standardized across the majority of products to be released later this year. It's a bid to make its more affordable hardware feel more premium and unique when compared against competing smartphones.

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2 days ago

Sony brings waterproofing to a mid-range price point with the new Xperia M2 Aqua

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Sony has today unveiled the Xperia M2 Aqua, a new mid-range waterproof smartphone. It's an interesting release since this device marks the company's first attempt to bring waterproof technology to a mid-range price point. The specifications are pretty solid as it's essentially the Xperia M2 with some extra sealing for a quick swim.

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2 days ago

HTC announces new Butterfly 2 flagship for Asia, arriving next month

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HTC has today unveiled its Butterfly 2 flagship smartphone for the Asia region. As previously covered, we're looking at a localized version of the One M8 but with some interesting additions. The new Butterfly device will launch next month across Asia.

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