Google Play Books

Google, Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Book 4.2.1 Dec 06, 2010 May 23, 2018 71.7 MB iOS 10.3 or later 12+
New in version 4.2.1

Two big improvements to your audiobooks listening experience in this release:

* CarPlay support: Control your audiobooks directly from your CarPlay enabled vehicle.
* Background downloads: Audiobooks will continue downloading, even when you leave the app.


All the books you love. On the page or out loud. Anywhere you are.
Meet Google Play Books for iOS: the one app to enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from Google Play.
Dive into a great book today with millions of titles from Google Play on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Download your book to read or listen on the go. When you’re finished, find your next favorite from recommendations personalized just for you.
●       New! Audiobooks are now available on Google Play
●       No monthly subscription required
●       Navigate chapters with real chapter titles - not track lists
●       Pick up where you left off on all your devices
●       Preview free samples from our catalog of millions of books
●       Read your books, comics, and textbooks even when you’re offline
●       Take notes that sync with your Google Drive and share them with a group for easy collaboration.
●       Use the Night Light setting to automatically adjust the background color and brightness to make it easier for you to fall asleep

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Bought a book an only got to read a little over half
trader23_69 on 5/24/2018
I bought a book S.M Reine “PAS” got to page 91 of 175 an it won’t let me read the rest of the book I’ve tried everything I could think of but won’t switch pages past that one.
Read aloud option
Superdupafan on 5/23/2018
Can you please add a read aloud option on iOS. Android has the option
Has potential
StephanieC1985 on 5/22/2018
This app has potential but doesn’t seem to do what it’s supposed to. I downloaded the app on my iPad and purchased s book for school. I had no problem reading the book for a week, then it suddenly stopped working. It circles around as if to be loading but never loads. A tech representative suggested different troubleshoot methods but none of them worked. I am extremely frustrated as I would have purchased this book through a different source.
squalamack on 5/21/2018
Lots of orientation bugs (e.g. switching to landscape sometimes gives you two columns, sometimes not) or text being formatting incorrectly after switching. Also: no keyboard shortcuts with the Smart Keyboard: arrows keys should control pages.
Abottom241985 on 5/19/2018
mediocre ebook reader
akusumajaya82 on 5/17/2018
sadly it's bit slow
No Images
Slappy18 on 5/16/2018
All my purchased books have no images. Anytime there is supposed to be an image, it just says “image not available”, including on all the covers and photo inserts. When I download a sample, it does display the image! Does not make sense to me, and this just started only two days ago. I will wait to purchase any more books on my list for google play books until this is fixed. Other than this, it is (was) the highest quality of all the ebook apps. UPDATE: I thought it was fixed as I was getting images there for awhile, tried downloading some more books and “image not available” is occurring again! Please fix so I can always see the images when I open the book, I wii wait until this is finally fixed before making amy more purchases. Other than this glitch, all is good.
William Macabre 13 on 5/16/2018
I don’t know what the problem is, but whenever I open one of my comic books it says that the image is unavailable. It doesn’t show pictures either.
Good app but not ideal
iBayern1 on 5/16/2018
This app has many problems, for example, I hi-lighted a sentence and latter resume reading, a wrong text from other page is hilighted!! Also, you can bookmark the same page so many times!!
Cannot purchase book using iPhone or iPad
very saf on 5/14/2018
It’s horrible that I can download this app but can’t purchase books. And messages say the books can be played. :(
Da best except for one thing☹️
Roblox Professional Gamer on 5/14/2018
This is the best except when my mom wants to get a book she has to go to her computer and it takes more than 30 min!!! I will give you a 5/5 stars IF you can press that when it says “end of sample” so you can buy it and it’s really frustrating for my mom!!!
Download Issues unable to Contact Support easily
lenax316 on 5/14/2018
The app has been great for me up until the most recent update. For some reason I am only able to read the sample and it will no longer allow me to purchase the entire e-book. Instead I am getting an error stating “books already purchased are available to read in this app.” I have not purchased the e-book at this point, what is the meaning of this? I have tried reinstalling and using the troubleshooting info, however, nothing has worked and it is extremely difficult finding an alternate way to get support.
Not happy
Antithesis666 on 5/14/2018
I have always loved having the play books app. My library has grown as I am able to find more and more of my favorite books. However I go now to open and read and pages are full of nothing. All the pictures are gone and all it says is no image available. A lot of those images help tell the story. Or in some case it’s the story itself. My husband can’t even get his to open anymore. PLEASE FIX THIS!!!!!!!!!!
Something’s gone wrong
ispook on 5/13/2018
Most books that are comics or pdf are now all “image not available”. Just started.
Very Good but needs a fix
IRCRA on 5/13/2018
I have used this app for about three years and very pleased with it. The amount of material available through google book search is astounding. I am interested primarily in older history texts and documents and the app has been indispensable, basically bringing a major university library to my iPad. Since 4.1.x the text search function no longer works. For me this nearly kills its usefulness. It’s very cool that the pages now turn like actual pages but the price for this seems to be much slower downloads and NO working text search. I suspect this will get fixed at some point and when it does I’ll give it the full five stars it deserves. 05/13/2018
Broken - not a quality app
TRexF14 on 5/11/2018
App will not download or display books comprised of images (comic books). The app will show the download is complete, but all pages will be “image not downloaded.” Until recently, deleting a bad download and trying again would sometimes fix this issue - but not anymore. Application has options “delete download” and “delete from library” right next to each other in the menu. If you accidentally delete from library, you lose the book - permanently. Google can’t restore the original purchase, they can only give you a refund - you have to contact support directly for this. Until the refund is processed, you cannot purchase the accidentally deleted book again, either. The app used to work for comics, but no longer. You are probably better off trying to purchase and read comics via the comic publishers own apps. Hopefully Google fixes this issue with either the content or the app soon.
My Images don’t load on my iPad
AYMACHO on 5/11/2018
I’m on my iPad Pro and the images don’t load in any of my books. How can I fix this
Good enough I guess
taylormicky on 5/6/2018
(TLDR: no page forward from left side of screen) Pros compared to native iBooks: - text size, font, spacing far more customizable - text fills to the edge of the screen (finally!) - navigation to the "bookstore" is hidden in the left toolbar (no more tapping 4 different bottom-row icons by accident when I just want to read books from my library) - interface just "feels" more updated/streamlined Cons: - NO OPTION TO PAGE FORWARD WHEN TAPPING THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. This is my biggest issue with the app. If you don't mind, then you'll probably really like the app. It might make it almost unusable for me - no ability to sort books into folders (while convenient in iBooks, the fact that they force an "all books" main screen instead of just uncategorized books makes it worthless to me, so in that regards it's not a big issue that play books doesn't have it) I only use it to read uploaded epubs so I don't know how everything looks for purchased books. However, I would like the opportunity to customize the blank cover that shows up with uploaded books, with my own image or text. That alone would entice me to use this app even without the ability to page forward from the left of the screen.
This app needs improvement
Phillysdon04 on 5/4/2018
1. We need a easy to make a purchase on iOS.
Bug? When switch account need fresh download the ebooks
Raphael Tiong on 5/4/2018
When switching between account the previous downloaded ebooks were all gone and required fresh download. Wasting data and totally cannot read offline if switch to other account/have multiple accounts. Google! Please fix it!
This app does nothing but display test: almost useless e-reader
Vertigoa on 4/30/2018
No dictionary. Cannot copy text. Highlight a word and search the web for a definition and you get a blank search page. Useless compared to the android app. I will be returning my play books and using the Kindle app instead. On the plus side, it displays text and the pages turn. E-readers should be more than that.
Crashes now
ks_hrndz on 4/30/2018
I'm giving it a three because this is a really great e-book app. It's much easier to use and I prefer it a lot better than the iPhone's iBook app for sure. But lately it keeps crashing on me, I tap on it and it goes to open but then crashes. I've uninstalled it a couple times, install it again and it's the same problem. And I'm getting extremely frustrated. It was working well until two weeks ago when it started doing this.
Getting books is a pain, and the DRM makes it a pain to use.
Xanthrick on 4/29/2018
First you can’t even buy books on iOS. Second when you do have a book that you don’t want to read on the iPad it’s a pain. You have to use adobe DRM approved software and they all have terrible ratings. So unless you have no choice or the book is not shackled to DRM I would highly recommend getting it from another platform.
Needs Landscape Mode
Biker54325 on 4/27/2018
I have a lot of ePub books. This is a great app. It would be perfect if there was a better landscape mode, stretching 1 page instead of split 2 pages, like kindle app.
This App is a Sick Joke
meowashlyn on 4/26/2018
I don’t know what made my experience with this app so much different than everyone else’s, but I’m over it. I rented a textbook for school on this app, and I was excited that, if this worked out, I could start doing this for all my texts! No. I will never do this again. I’ll never put anyone I know through using this app. The table of contents and page numbers are totally messed up, and I often find myself flipping through the same pages over and over? In addition, I can’t get past page 32 using this app on my iPad. I wish I could get back the money I paid to rent this book on here, as well as the hours of my life I’ve spent sorting through this garbage.
Terrible app does not work on iPhone
laney amplifiers on 4/24/2018
Calling my credit card company to get a refund!!!
Doesn’t work: horrible loading times: Can’t even download...
Tebbs31 on 4/24/2018
Literally has been nothing but frustration for me... about a book at a discounted rate, and THATS how they get you... I want a refund on that book... I’ll pay the extra 15 for something that actually works...
Terrible Klein can't buy new anything
GILLESPIE307 on 4/16/2018
Cannot search or purchase new ANYTHING. Only view what you already own. Pointless once you have red the books you already have which duh you read them THAT'S WHY YOU OWN THEM
No free to read books
Six-shooter Tim on 4/14/2018
Even free books are only read through free samples which I find ridiculous
Dictionary not working
Ausony7 on 4/12/2018
Everything is fine except I cant use dictionary anymore!
Wood Woody on 4/11/2018
The free sample is pretty much the index and introduction of the book. Maybe one chapter or half of a chapter might be apart of the free sample. You really cannot benefit from the free option. A free sample would start from the first chapter.
White splash screen when flipping a page in night mode
Paul-Choi on 4/8/2018
Overall is good. But it is too annoying white splash screen when i flip a page in night mode. There were no issues like this in previous version.
AyyJayy361 on 4/4/2018
I added a book to the library, I’ve activated “cellular downloads” yet my iPhone tells me it’s disabled every time I try to read or download it. I am disgusted. I’m deleting this app.
Problems to fix
drummerbronx on 4/1/2018
Keeps jumping, hard to highlight,I will try to hold on until adjustments are made,Because I enjoyed this app when In early years.When the issues are fix , I’d give it 5stars.
Many bugs in update
Tarek Ali Taha on 3/31/2018
The latest update text highlights jump from place to place without any reason. Its very annoying must be fixed.
Where Did The Dictionary Go?
No Dictionary Person on 3/31/2018
It was there and now it’s gone. It’s on my Android phone. Why not on my iPad?
Could buffer more for the car rides, etc
DishInBel on 3/30/2018
Works great at home. Constantly stopped playing on a drive from SF to LA via I5 (and other times Internet wasn’t good) — which is pretty annoying. Would love it if it stored 5-10 mins (or more!) ahead, or if you could download a book ahead of time.
Audibooks here much better than at Audible
philipsism on 3/29/2018
Love the new features! Smart resume, bookmarks, etc. I think audiobooks should come with the book version, and vice versa, for when you want to read or when you forgot you earphones and you are at public place.
King James Version Audio Book
Triplet Jane on 3/27/2018
I can not play it
Cant get full books just samples
andrewc07 on 3/20/2018
There was one book I didn’t have and I wanted to have a good app that I could read the whole book on but I tried on this app and it just gave me a really short sample. Wouldn’t get unless you just want to get a taste of a book
Crashes on iPad mini 4
mtilson147 on 3/14/2018
Crashes every time when displaying books with only "original pages" available on my iPad mini 4 running iOS 11.2.6. Super annoying! Please fix!
Generally good
Hust Yg on 3/12/2018
But there’s a bug when playing audio from epub3
steals storage
Stas B on 3/9/2018
Google, are you kidding? I uploaded 54Mb pdf file and it turned to 1.4 Gigabytes in your app!!!
☹️ bad update
Silli5E on 3/9/2018
I love this app as depending on the system you use you can listen to your books which is a feature I love. I wish it read PDF books as well however, for some reason the latest update has every book regardless of form errors out. All I get is a message saying there was an error uploading the file. Just to be on the safe side I have tried to re-download one of my previously downloaded books from my IF app (Instafreebie) and I still get an upload error message. Outside of this first and only issue I have had with this app I would give it five stars however the fact that it’s not working for any new books I buy or books from the authors I review for I have to give it 1 star as I am now forced to use other reading apps rather than the one I want to use.
How to purchase?
Chrisjamison13 on 3/7/2018
Can someone please tell me how to purchase books using this app? I could purchase them through my Android but when I bought this iPhone, it only lets me read them. What’s up with that? Can somebody help me? Until then you get a one star
Bugs and Fixes
sexxy on 3/6/2018
I would enjoy the app if only it stop being unresponsive.I would love the ability to use Google play on iPhone.
Crash from the beginning!
chivalricjp on 3/3/2018
I can’t even do anything, and it should not happened!
Annoying navigation
msusn on 3/3/2018
How are you supposed to search for a book to read, without having to go though the pointless articles? I search for books and I’m only given the option to “play a sample”
Good, but missing bookmarks for audiobooks
iOSUser001 on 3/3/2018
The bookmark functionality for audiobooks is missing. The book I'm reading now does not have chapters; it has a 17 hr continuous section instead. It's hard to find anything whitin the book since the app does not support bookmarks set by the user. Otherwise, it's a good app. It lets me listen to my audiobooks on virtually any device (Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, or anything with a web browser).
Needs continuous highlighting feature.
douglas*dp on 2/28/2018
Highlights have to first be selected then chosen instead of a quick highlight feature as in kindle. Highlighting is also confined to only what can be seen on the page. Continuous highlighting across multiple pages needs to be added to make highlighting more practical. I've been requesting this feature within the app feedback for over six months with no improvement. Highlighting and notes also have various other bugs that keep getting overlooked.
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