Google Play Books now lets you upload your own eBooks and read them across devices

Daniel Bader

May 15, 2013 8:16 pm

Screenshot_2013-05-15-15-18-39 Screenshot_2013-05-15-15-18-48Continuing along the theme of cross-device synchronization, Google Play Books for Android, iOS and the web have been updated to allow for syncing between devices an d the web, with the added distinction of letting users upload EPUBs manually from the Google Play web portal.

Both iOS and Android have received some nominal aesthetic revisions, too, with the Android app getting a left-side sliding bar and a Recent Books screen that adopts Google Now’s Cards design.

To upload books manually to Google Play Books, you’ll have to hit up the web interface. The service only supports DRM-free EPUB files, which should account for many popular eBook services. You can also use the desktop app Calibre to turn any incompatible file into a compatible EPUB.

This was one of the most requested Play Books features, mainly because the app was among the most feature-filled and smooth eBook readers on Android. Allowing users to bring in their own eBooks is a huge step towards competing with Apple’s iBooks across both platforms, since once the book is added via the web, users don’t have to manually add it through iTunes.

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Via: Android Police

  • jakeg99

    Finially!

  • Maxwell M

    Probably appeals to a small subset of people, but I’m very glad this feature has finally been implemented. Quite a few ebook applications out there, but I quite fancy the page turning, and being able to just pick up where you left off on any device is nice.

  • Ryan Persaud

    still cant get it too work…ARGGG

  • Khristopher Ranger

    The link doesn’t work for me to upload. Anyone else having the same problem?

    • Khristopher Ranger

      It’s working now!

  • jakeg99

    Try just “play.google.com/books”?

  • bimmerboii

    Link doesnt work for me as well

  • Dion Lauriente

    I don’t believe this works in Canada. I’ve been trying all day. I’ve also tried using a proxy to get around that problem but that isn’t letting me sign in either. I believe the new Google Music streaming service is the same.

    • Dion Lauriente

      Works now. Looks like I got a little ahead of myself.

  • Tom

    Not really anything new since I have Dropbox, but convenient nonetheless!

    • Kirn Gill

      Yes, but does Dropbox allow you to seamlessly and automatically synchronize reading location across *all* of your devices, including Android and iOS?

      Didn’t think so.

  • Ravi Kumar

    This is totally awesome… Loving it already

  • Stein van Broekhoven

    Me to, it because they are roling out the new interface I guess.

    Just saw the new updates on google I/O 2013 yesterday

  • Karen Magno

    How do I find out if an ebook is in ePub format?

  • Abbas J.a

    but can you charge people for downloading the book?