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  • Vendor: Google LLC
  • 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 Play Books brings bigger bubbles to your comics with machine learning

Google Play Books brings bigger bubbles to your comics with machine learning

Google Play Books for Android has received a new feature that's sure to make a few comic book fans happy. Bubble Zoom can make comics easier to read, finding and automatically enhancing speech bubbles one at a time as you read. Bubble Zoom is powered by the company's machine learning...
New Night Light feature helps reduce eye strain in Google Play Books

New Night Light feature helps reduce twilight eye strain in Google Play Books

Google has rolled out a new feature to Google Play Books that should make for easier reading on your smartphone or tablet at night. Called Night Light, the feature filters out blue light from the screen, replacing it with an amber hue. The Night Light feature adapts based on the time of day and...
Google Play Books promotion offers selection of 44 free comics

Google Play Books promotion offers selection of 44 free comics

Following the announcement of the comic-friendly update to Google Play Books earlier today, Google is making a swath of digital issues free for a limited time. The collection offers a number of #1 issues from series' such as The Walking Dead, Batman, Spawn, and Detective Comics for free. Of...
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Google Play Books update makes reading Superman and other comics easier

Comic books are slowly moving away from print to electronic media, and Google wants to make it easier to read the latest issue of Superman, Spider-Man or The Walking Dead via its Google Play Books app. The latest update includes a new way to navigate through the panes of a comic book. Google...
Google introduces Literata, the new font for Play Books

Google introduces new default font for Play Books, Literata

Google has changed the default font in the Play Books app to Literata, which they believe will offer a better reading experience. Literata is the name of the new font choice found in Google Play Books, and the change comes from Google in an effort to bring a better reading experience to all...

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Google Play Books


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?