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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drummerbronx on 7/15/2018
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.
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.
Translate working again. Thank you!
B'nuts on 6/20/2018
My rating is back to 5 stars. Love the functionality. It’s not spartan by any means, and all its features work without any glitches. Thank you for helping a nearly fluent Spanish speaker read in his second language once again. It can’t be more appreciated.
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. :(
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!
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