Google Play Books

PDF and ePub files can be shared to Google Play Books using the Android intents system

Google Play Books is getting a nifty little update. The app has the same look and feel, but performance tweaks and new sharing features make for a worthwhile upgrade.

For starters, things have been tweaked to make your books — both your own uploads and Google Play purchases — open faster. If you've ever had to sit through the spinning cursor while the app looks for your bookmark, you'll appreciate this. Also included are improvements to your highlights and notes, the ability to dismiss recommendations, and a lower brightness setting for low-light reading. All good stuff.

But the best new feature, and one plenty have been wanting, is the ability to upload your own ePub and PDF files right from your phone or tablet. Using the standard Android intents system, selecting a compatible file gives the choice to send it to Google Play Books. Once uploaded, it will be available for reading at your leisure. 

As usual, this is a slow rollout so it may take several days before you get an update notification. If you understand the risks, you'll likely find the file at the usual locations.

 

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Google Play Books updated, brings performance tweaks and uploading from your phone or tablet

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Sarcasm?

I actually started reading again, after buying a "bunch" of books, during Google's Cyber Monday sale. Currently reading Ender's Game and loving it.

Posted via my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

Yes sarcasm. Lol although I hate reading.

But I can appreciate a good update and this seems like it.

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Haha, ok. I can appreciate sarcasm. =)

It does seem like a good update, despite the 50MB upload limit. Here's to hoping it doesn't bork anything, lol.

Posted via my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

50mb total or at a time?

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My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

I hadn't read in decades by choice until recently finding how convenient ebooks are on my Nexus 10...I have also since read Enders Game before seeing the movie and read a few of the harry potter books in less than a month. So there is still hope for reading.

Google's on a roll today. I'm glad my textbooks will load faster now, even though the semester is almost over...

Posted via my Nexus 5

FINALLY you can upload your own books!

I might actually try this app now instead of the other great ones already like Aldiko.

Now if they'll only allow uploading for Google Play Music from phone and tablet.

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Yeah, just like Google Music.

I've got a boat load of ebooks, but I use Calibre to manage them. I would rather
upload straight from my computer than put them all on my android only to upload them to Google books.

Its not like I'm going to give up Calibre any time soon. Every book I buy goes through Calibre and comes out DRM free, so I can read them on my Nook (preferred) or my tablet or phone. It might be nice to have them backed up on Google for when I travel.

Was excited and updated but there is a 50 MB limit for uploading :/

Guess no PDFs for me. Epub works fine though :)

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Woop! Got the update immediately for a change. Still waiting on 4.4.2 though. I am a big fan of Google Books and all improvements are a bonus.

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I like just highlighting the word and clicking "define." It's available when connected to the internet, but absent when you're not. I wish Google would just create a dictionary across the entire OS similar to the way Apple does it. It works really well and is very useful.

Still slow as shit, and you have to upload from Drive, by long press, then choose open. Aldiko Pro and Dropbox is sooo much easier. I read two books a week on average.

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I usually keep my books on drive

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My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

You can upload from Dropbox. Click on the file in Dropbox,it will ask how you want to open it, choose Upload to Google Books. Works great, been convering books all day.

I must be stupid. It says I have the update, 3.0.15, but I don't see were or how to upload a epub from my Moto X

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Go to your file manager. Find the epub file you want to upload & tap it. (Option for Upload to Play Books is there.)

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3...!!!

Honestly, moon+ reader pro is one of the best out there, and I don't see any reason to shift to play books, especially when the upload limit is just 50 mb.

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+1 for moon

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My phone can beat up your phone. It's bigger, badder and has more moves. If worse comes to worse, it also comes with a sword.

Very Nice but.. To start with bookshelves Please, come on!

Also, PDF gets scanned and loses fonts scalability i.e. reading PDFs on Google Drive is more clear on zooming, just less the bookmarking features. Ideally, PDF text to be recognized and highlights to be supported, all these can be future enhancements and nice to haves, but missing bookshelves is simply frustrating..

Personally I like audiobooks the best. The only problem I had was when taking off and landing in a plane. But I guess that will be eased back soon too.

However, I couldn't pass up a chance to buy a dozen Koontz paperback books for $1 or $2 recenly.

What really pisses me off is Google states that the same book, The Time Machine, which is Free in Play Books and in iOS iBooks store, needs for me to "purchase for $0.00.

If it's free then:
? Why is the word Purchase used (there is no exchange of dollars!!)
? Why is Google requesting my credit card or debit card (which is Visa Debit, and that Google only recognizes it as such not as an option to state debit card as listed before entering the full card number)
? Google is stating it's asking for the above information to conform to my countries blah blah. I'm in freaking Canada, and I have No banking information whatsoever on my iOS platform and I can download any free apps or books I choose also registered in Canada But, BUT, Google will not proceed.

Google engineered have spent massive dollars time and resources overhauling androids dialog boxes to remove personalization or blame into the user and make this great mobile is mature and seemingly friendly BUT they failed to understand basics of the human language in one simple area and failed in consistency!

FREE is freea purchase is an exchange of funds!! This are not interchangeable, Play Store GETS THIS but Play Books doesn't. This is assinine! Google fix this asap else I'll return to the rebel side once again! I like this HTC one by far the very Best Android I've tested and sampled (Xperia T, S, Nexus 4 x2 - came close to making me happy, galaxy nexus, LG Optimus G E397) bit with nuances like this really annoy me as an old guy with years of smartphone experience since the dawn of EPOC pdas and Ericsson or Nokia Communicators.

This modern devices today should never have issues with consistency, never it's like being farted on during a conversation you just want to beat up Android for this. Shit like this is all over the OS and I cannot believe ppl accept this and since 4.0 ICS nothing has been done as if Google really doesn't know!

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What really pisses me off is Google states that the same book, The Time Machine, which is Free in Play Books and in iOS iBooks store, needs for me to "purchase for $0.00.

If it's free then:
? Why is the word Purchase used (there is no exchange of dollars!!)
? Why is Google requesting my credit card or debit card (which is Visa Debit, and that Google only recognizes it as such not as an option to state debit card as listed before entering the full card number)
? Google is stating it's asking for the above information to conform to my countries blah blah. I'm in freaking Canada, and I have No banking information whatsoever on my iOS platform and I can download any free apps or books I choose also registered in Canada But, BUT, Google will not proceed.

Google engineered have spent massive dollars time and resources overhauling androids dialog boxes to remove personalization or blame into the user and make this great mobile is mature and seemingly friendly BUT they failed to understand basics of the human language in one simple area and failed in consistency!

FREE is freea purchase is an exchange of funds!! This are not interchangeable, Play Store GETS THIS but Play Books doesn't. This is assinine! Google fix this asap else I'll return to the rebel side once again! I like this HTC one by far the very Best Android I've tested and sampled (Xperia T, S, Nexus 4 x2 - came close to making me happy, galaxy nexus, LG Optimus G E397) bit with nuances like this really annoy me as an old guy with years of smartphone experience since the dawn of EPOC pdas and Ericsson or Nokia Communicators.

This modern devices today should never have issues with consistency, never it's like being farted on during a conversation you just want to beat up Android for this. Shit like this is all over the OS and I cannot believe ppl accept this and since 4.0 ICS nothing has been done as if Google really doesn't know!

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