Google Play Books

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 it "official" and announced that their book store and reader is ready to go in: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.

Books are available to purchase and add to your library on the web, on your Android devices and on iOS devices in the new countries.

The revamp of the Google Play Books app makes this news even better. You're not only able to read your books purchased from Google in the cloud from anywhere, but your personal ePub files and pdf files can be uploaded and added to your library, and the app syncs your place and bookmarks as a proper app should.

We've no idea when Books or other services will push out to more countries, and content deals can be tricky. We're just glad every time we see more content available for more users. If you're looking to get your library started with Google, hit the Google Play link above for the Android app.

Source: +Google Play. Thanks, everyone who sent this in!

There are 14 comments

s2weden2000 says:

the vEgetables have hired a guy just to keep an eye on this thread...

NoreenD says:

I'm glad to read that Google has officially made progress by making Google Play Books available internationally! Good work, Google! Whenever more Play app services are available throughout the world, it's a "win/win" experience. There's more to choose from, and something for everyone! (And now, more options for readers!)

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rigsaalst says:

in belgium we have it already longer then one week dudes

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HubyD says:

Was going to say the same thing, but you beat me :) Indeed, I have it a few weeks now in Belgium.

rigsaalst says:

noobie mistake i guess, mistaken belgium with Netherlands... ;) where since this week they have books but still no google music. who the fuck is belgium +1

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jenskristian says:

Denmark, Sweden and Finland, but still nothing for us Norwegians.

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Dan29466 says:

Awesome. One of the worst book readers out there is now available to more people.

imanexus says:

What's your favorite reader? I prefer the Google Books reader to Amazon's Kindle app on Android.

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Dan29466 says:

Aldiko and Moon Reader are both superior to Google Reader in terms of features and customizability.

return_0 says:

Google Reader is completely different from Google Play Books.

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mcs says:

I don't know that it's any better or worse than Nook or Kobo from a purely technical standpoint, but I love that I can upload books to the app and sync them across devices, including notes and highlights. (I never wrote in paper books, but I highlight in ebooks all the time.) I read a lot of public domain classics, and I really prefer using Google Books to having to sideload every book to every device.

I want it in New Zealand.

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knahrvorn says:

Great. Finally. Can't wait for the rest. Would have preferred to get tvshows or movies or music first, though, or even magazines, but it's a step in the right direction.

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HumbertoH says:

Why not america!? Im waiting and waiting.. i want to buy a Nexus device but i cant cause it's not yet for my country... ¬¬ Same with music, books, movies, etc....