Google Play Books

Google, Inc.

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Book 4.1.1 Dec 06, 2010 Apr 09, 2018 71.9 MB iOS 10.3 or later 12+
New in version 4.1.1

This release is jam packed with improvements to your Play Books experience:

* Smart Resume: When you pause your audiobook, Smart Resume will rewind to the beginning of the sentence. So you never have to worry about losing your place.
* Bookmarks: Mark your favorite parts of audiobooks so you can easily find them later.
* Sleep Timer: Now you can fall asleep listening to your audiobook! Set a sleep timer to stop playing it in a few minutes, or at the end of the chapter.
* Speed up 3x: Speed up playback to 3x,slow it down to 0.5x, or play it at any speed inbetween
* Family Library: Now in 13 more countries. Share books with up to five family members for free.


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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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.
Can’t buy books...
Xanthrick on 4/8/2018
I would give this 3 stars. The app itself is about average for reading, but has no good features beyond the basics. But you can’t buy books in this App which makes it a real pain. Worse is if you go to google’s website it promotes this App... uh, ok.
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.
Read aloud option
Superdupafan on 3/29/2018
Can you please add a read aloud option.
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.
Needs work
Joshua Sean on 2/27/2018
Biggest complaint, when clicking on a link to go to another page does not have a “go back” button so you have to remember what page you were on
Zaponetwo on 2/26/2018
If you love 2 read on the go, look no further than here friends.
Works Great
FollowMyRecolor: aesthetica on 2/22/2018
Fair prices. Ease of use. I would recommend.
Sleep timer?
danield on 2/21/2018
Maybe I’m an idiot but can’t find a sleep timer setting for audiobooks and app doesn’t sleep with iOS sleep timer.
Simple and effective
Nephetus on 2/20/2018
The app works seemlessly for purchased and uploaded books. Simple interface that always keeps my place.
Not consistent
cosmokilla on 2/19/2018
I listen in my car and make deliveries multiple times a day. It never stars in the same place I left off and the connection buffers way too much. But hey there's no membership fee👍
Solid e-reader
JeremyCaney on 2/16/2018
I don’t own any e-books through Google Play. But as a stand-alone e-reader, Google Play Books works quite well—and may be one of the most accessible e-readers available. The Material design language works especially well here, providing a clean, intuitive interface. The app also has all of the features expected of an e-book reader, including the ability to highlight, annotate, bookmark, &c. Like Marvin (another excellent reader) it allows multiple colors of highlights, which is nice—though only one color of bookmark. For my purposes, the killer feature is the ability to synchronize highlights, annotations, and bookmarks across devices, via Google Drive, which is really handy. That said, Marvin provides a lot more settings and features. On the positive side, that makes it a far more flexible and configurable e-reader. On the negative side, it also likely provides a level of complexity that most users will never touch. Given that, if you’re casually reading books, Google Play Books is probably the best e-reader for iOS. If you want more customization options, or take a lot of notes, I’d also check out Marvin.
Dictionary needed
fletch622 on 2/14/2018
Google’s help docs indicate that a built-in dictionary (including offline) exists for the iOS version, but it is nowhere to be found in the current version of the Play Books app. It seems that this only exists for Android. Please implement into the iOS version.
Love it but....
vw65bus on 2/10/2018
Where's the snooze button? Come on please add a snooze button. And iPhone x support thanks.
Doesn’t work!
jlamarca on 2/7/2018
I can read any books! I get an asinine error message that state “cellular data disabled” and states this should be enabled in settings but IT DOESN’T STATE WHERE!!! Stupid!!!!
jchillz420 on 2/7/2018
Nice app. The newest update fixed my unreadable books. Old review: The app doesn't make it clear how to purchase books on Apple devices. You have to buy the books on the website, then read the books in the app. I like the night reading function. I can't view any of my purchased books in the app. It freezes whenever I attempt to open them. I have an iPhone 6. Ripoff.
Terrible experience.
VoNWooDSoN on 2/7/2018
The biggest problem with this app is that it doesn’t keep your place when it crashes. The words “network error” might not be the apps fault, but the fact that I can’t go back to where it left off is. Also, I cannot seem to get it to download the audiobook. The network error, I’m sure, would be resolved if it would just download the book, but it won’t. Even on my Wi-Fi doesn’t seem to want to download the book in the background, and gets continues network errors. Once these issues are solved, it’s a very nice looking app. But, it is currently barely functional.
Need option to read and listen
San Anthony on 2/6/2018
You can only do one at a time unless you have two devices such as a desktop and cell phone. Annoying! Less devices being used the better!
BWeiss911 on 2/6/2018
I like the layout and the progress info and such, but it seems to be very buggy. Doesn't respond to Bluetooth-initiated pauses/restarts, nor lock screen sometimes. No options to change the skip amounts (30 seconds only), that would be nice. I'm only going to keep using it until I finish my free audiobook.
No sleep timer for audio books
Jennifer55126 on 2/5/2018
The app works but is barebones compared to audible.
Buggy& laggy but better
owbert on 2/4/2018
Getting better. Thank you for your time!
John9A on 2/4/2018
Dismal search ability. The program wants to corral you into looking at their own preferences, and pays very little attention to Giving you control. The pages or more promotional tool with the clear slant towards what they want to sell. But this is typical of Google
NYC ch'timi on 2/3/2018
Good app overall but, in the iPad version at least, I have an issue. Whenever I follow a link there is no quick way to go back to the page I was reading, short of bookmarking it first. Annoying and counterproductive.
Needs sleep timer for Audio books
k9keeper on 2/2/2018
If there’s a sleep timer for audio books I can’t find it.
Translate stopped working
B'nuts on 2/1/2018
It’s a great language learning tool, but the translate feature stopped working and, 10 or so updates later, it’s STILL not working. Uninstalled and reinstalled. Cleared data, everything has been tried. Much to my frustration, I’ll just keep having to wait for updates so one day I can finally go back to the books I downloaded (and paid for) in Spanish.
App straight up doesn’t work
MCB222 on 2/1/2018
I have an iPad Pro and bought a book for class on here. I can’t view it on the app whatsoever, and I can’t even look at a preview for other books. Garbage.
The update is slow and unresponsive.
Mc3636 on 1/29/2018
Ever since I updated the app, it won’t let me open my books and when I click on the “read” button it removes the download. Eventually the books open but it takes a very long time. Very disappointed because I’ve used Google books for years and never had a problem before.
Won’t open my book!!
Ayaan10 on 1/29/2018
Every time I open the app it and press read under my book it won’t open it. FIX IT!
App won’t open purchased books since update on 1/24/18
make it easier to contact you on 1/25/2018
It shouldn’t be this hard to contact someone about the app. My books were working fine until the update. Now they say they are downloaded but won’t open.
Persistent indicator bar on iPhone X
squalamack on 1/23/2018
I appreciate the X support, and the app makes much better use of screen real estate than iBooks or Kindle. But, unlike in iBooks, Instapaper etc, the indicator bar at the bottom is persistent in full screen.
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