Google Play Books

Google, Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Book 4.3.0 Dec 06, 2010 Aug 16, 2018 72.6 MB iOS 10.3 or later 4+
New in version 4.3.0

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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
● Tap the page and watch your favorite comic book or manga come to life with Bubble Zoom
●       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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Easy app?
thepuljo on 8/18/2018
Load of crap so far. Tried to open in iPad and iPhone. Down load it many times now. Can not open it? Come Google. Get it together and sort this mess out. You say it is easy to use. Fill like it is useless to keep trying. I can buy my books easy but can not get your app to work?
This app is terrible
JosephKingstonUS on 8/17/2018
Play Books doesn't work on my iPad Pro. I uninstalled the app then installed it again, but still it didn't work. Fix the app, please!
How do I purchase books here?
Ausony7 on 8/16/2018
I don’t see any price tag or option to buy. Only option available is SAMPLE download. How do I buy books here?
Full version
the droid you were looking for on 8/14/2018
I downloaded a sample, read it, and then decided that I wanted to purchase the full version but there was no option to do so.
drummerbronx on 8/13/2018
I highlighted information I needed to share at a meeting.It was all gone.This is supposed to be Google. Terrible,Terrible,Terrible. Terrible,Terrible instead of 5 Stars . I would not recommend to anyone. 8/13/18 still the worst. All those 5 stars are probably people working for google or relatives. Look at (see all ) You find other people who do not like the update.
Deleting content
ronaldorlemes on 8/13/2018
The catalog is great and the fact that they offer audiobooks is also great but the app has two major problems (for a while now): I lost the count on the Number of times I have made all my purchases available off-line and then when I switched to my other account the app simply DELETES ALL MY CONTENT!!! And the second issue is that on lower speed internet connections the app simply won’t download content. It keeps informing the same error that it wasn’t possible to download the files. Sometimes I have to try for hours to download some of my purchases.
I guess it works because you can read books
pbbbbbbbbbbt! on 8/11/2018
Other than that, forget it. Forget sorting your books, looking up word definitions or doing searches for words outside of the app. The search function used to work until Google ‘fixed’ it in an update. Now the search function just loads your web browser to the Google home page. Thanks Google! The bookmarks function is clunky at best. Translation rarely works as expected. Pages often get cut off at random, or the app sticks on a page and has to be rebooted. Google really should take a page from the Kindle app, which has far and away superior functionality on all of these fronts. I only use this app to read the books my partner has downloaded to it, otherwise I avoid it because it’s seriously frustrating.
Great app so far...
tulip_123 on 8/8/2018
I love to read when I have time and this app has proven in my opinion to be great. I have purchased various books and novels without having trouble with the download, I even can download them anytime on my cellphone without any issues. Keep up with the excellent job!!!
WYS·I·WYG on 7/31/2018
GOOGLE I expected better from you. This is the worst app I’ve ever seen. It crashes on starts, it bugs in the middle, it destroys everything on my iPad. Cmon google step it up!!
Translate stopped working on iPhone... again
B'nuts on 7/30/2018
I’m using this app to help me read books in Spanish, but it seems that every time I get an iPhone update, it defaults to translating “Afrikaans to Afrikaans.” Going through all the time to scroll down to Spanish and then again to English gives no results either. I never know how long this will last. I really value this app as a language learning tool. Please fix.
Book covers are not showing up
Mikethebikester on 7/29/2018
The android version allows you to mark books as read. It would be a nice feature for iOS. The iPhone version does not show some of my book covers. That needs to be corrected.
Doesn’t work
Kvhfsr on 7/28/2018
I just downloaded app and it doesn’t work. There’s no way to download ebooks or audiobooks and a pop up keeps saying “oops, something went wrong “.
Coming from Android
Make America Black Again on 7/27/2018
I still prefer Android over Apple. The fact I can download google apps(especially the ones I have purchased content on) onto my iPhone is pretty dope. Easy features such as read aloud, night reading, and turning pages with volume keys are well done. Been using this app for over 4 years on android devices.
Guhhuhghfddrygfdrr on 7/25/2018
I purchased a book to my IPhone it charged me but I can’t find any where to download the book. I emailed Google but they never replied. Poor app in my opinion.
Don’t Use for Audiobooks Yet
Feltronc on 7/24/2018
I gave Google’s new Audiobooks support a chance, because I own Google Home products. Playback constantly fails, and then it will not remember the last playback location, returning to the one before it failed. This happens when using voice commands with your Google Home or when casting from this app. The only way playback won’t fail is you either play it locally on your phone or use Bluetooth, which is what I was doing before (and will now return to doing) with Audible. So for ebooks? Sure, go ahead and get it. But if you’re looking to start using this for your new audiobooks purchases, I must suggest you hold off until Google works out all the kinks and it doesn’t feel like a beta feature anymore.
Google play books
Lynda Lou10 on 7/22/2018
Like the app. But you should update it to tell your subscribers. That when down loading a book or a sample of a book that they have already the book or the sample. Thank you Linda Rudolph.
Not even close to Audible
Ryan_E Reviews on 7/21/2018
I wanted to like Google when I heard they entered the audiobook market but their selection, quality, and overall app experience has nothing on Audible. Good try, but no thanks.
Volume control!
raneem.bye on 7/20/2018
Can you PLEASE add the feature where you can turn pages with the volume button? or maybe by clicking on the margins of the page?? Also can you add a feature where you can import books from the iBooks app to the Play Books app?
Da best except for two things
Roblox Professional Gamer on 7/19/2018
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!!! And it always get stuck on the loading screen and on my side of my WiFi bar (and my WiFi bar is max) it will always get stuck! And if you fix this I’ll give you 5/5 stars
PasMaj on 7/4/2018
When using the app with a screen reader, which requires switching to flowing text, the pages will not turn. Users must completely log out of the book and log back in to progress to the next page.
Can’t share items
BabaNoosh301 on 7/3/2018
We recently moved from exchange to google. We are unable to share documents with Play Books. This was a useful feature that I can’t seem to consolidate.
Speak screen app unresponsive
Vidy1983 on 6/25/2018
When I leverage the accessibility feature in iOS of “speak screen” the app reads the current page but then becomes unresponsive at the end of the page. The only way to revive the App is by killing it first and then restarting it. This needs to work like other e-book applications like Kindle and iBooks work to speak screen should be able to turn pages and continue reading. Play books used to be my favorite app but no more.
Google play book
Jslg09072002 on 6/24/2018
Google play book is not working on iPhone 6s
Poor interface
E Whipple on 6/23/2018
This is adequately usable, but the reading experience is inferior to both of the major competitors. Also desperately needs a way to organize books.
Google Play Books
Dracejr on 6/19/2018
I love you it!! Thank you 👌
Lack of functionality
Sal Wattson on 6/17/2018
Can do more on an android than an iPad... IPad doesn't support the ability to highlight of or add notes.
Freezes and crashes
dov717 on 6/17/2018
Has become useless recently, very disappointed.
Works well as another option
ferret_bard on 6/14/2018
I've used many different eBook readers. I'll be honest, each has its own pluses and minuses. This is a very user friendly interface. If you use more than one like I do, it's a good addition to the tool box.
Why no buy?
zecton95 on 6/13/2018
There is no buy option within the app. It seems like a common sense thing to do to offer the easiest way possible for people to give you their money for a product.
Been duped
DoeZero on 6/9/2018
I want to read my ebook in and app that is not google play and so far this is not possible want a refund can't auto read or import my paid for ebook elsewhere 😡😡
Doesn’t work with 14 books in library
jdmills1134 on 6/7/2018
App is lagging and won’t open. Have this problem on my new iPad and 1 year old iPhone. Not sure why but the app is not stable for me.
Poor highlighting
1kirko1 on 6/6/2018
I read a fair amount of technical books and like to highlight passages, etc. This is the first Google Playbook I’ve purchased, and highlighting is a nightmare. The actual act of highlighting is not difficult. However, if you highlight a line on the left page, you can not highlight anything on the same line on the right hand page. Worse still, after highlighting, then returning to previous pages, the highlighting is all over the place. Words highlighted that were not originally, passages “double” highlighted - a REAL MESS. Also, there is no way to write notes in the margins. If you intend to read and highlight, don’t buy a Google Playbook!!!
Great app
MrsHancock17 on 6/5/2018
I have an iPhone and still have all of my google apps. The only thing I don’t like is not being able to purchase books directly in the app or search for books. I’d give it 5 stars if you could buy in the app. I hardly use a computer anymore and it’s a pain to drag out the laptop just to purchase a book. Other than that, love it
Lizzge on 6/3/2018
The app keeps freezing, I can only read one page after opening a book cause it freezes and I can't turn the page. I can't exit the book, bring up the chapters menu, the book settings, nothing. I force close and reopen the app, but it keeps on freezing. Also, something that REALLY bothers me is that I haven't been able to upload the epub books I buy for about a year now. I've contacted the developer about this and posted it in a review, to both of which I've received NO RESPONSE. I've been VERY DISAPPOINTED in Google about the production of this app for a long time now.
It amazing.
shutgun_21 on 6/2/2018
It’s good.
Abottom241985 on 5/30/2018
Background downloads hopefully includes Resume downloads
DeeJaySas on 5/26/2018
I was just about to give it one star, but then saw the latest update includes background downloads. I have ‘lost’ several nearly complete audio book downloads because of the lack of the app being able to resume downloads. This is highly annoying when you are on a slow and limited data connection. Download resuming is a basic function and should have been in the first version. Hope that background downloads includes this function, but it didn’t get a mention and I haven’t been able to try it yet.
Terrible ap
there is a message in this on 5/24/2018
Deserve negative number of stars.Broke down after 3 days. Asks for sign in but after putting in e- mail and password only sends me back to the start asking again for sign in. There seems to be no way to break away and get to read the book. This happened more than a dozen time. Too bad because the book was interesting.
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.
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. :(
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.
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