Google Play Books for Android, iOS Updated With New Cloud Storage Support

google play books itunesThere's a new version of the Google Play Books app in iTunes and Google Play today, and if you're one of a handful of readers who buy ebooks from Google I think you might appreciate this.

According to the changelog, the new iOS app will enable users to download and read ebooks which they had previously uploaded to the Google Play Books website.  The Android app also gained that feature as well as a newly refreshed menu design and other features.

google play books ipad itunes Readers can now upload Epub or PDF to Google Play and then download them from inside a Google Play Books app, with some limitations.

Google will only let readers upload 1,000 titles, and each file needs to be under 50MB in size. The upload option is also reportedly available only in the web browser, though it doesn't seem to have been enabled yet. (You can find it here.) You're also going to be able to transfer ebooks from Google Drive.

Other than the new cloud storage option, the update iOS app doesn't bring any changes. All the menus look the same. The reading view (at right) doesn't appear to have been changed, and the app looks to have the same formatting options as before.

But the Android app has had some work done. This app has a nicer menu, an improved TOC view, and it also now offers a recommendation page at the end of the ebook you're reading.

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I suppose this single feature might not look like much, but it is actually a sign that Google is still committed to the ebook market. Not only is Google matching one of the nicer features of the Kindle platform, they're also giving readers much more space.

A thousand files @ 50MB each comes to 50GB.  That's a lot more than what Amazon offers in the Kindle Cloud, and it is also a lot more than the free storage available from cloud storage services. I was initially going to poo-poo this update because I already upload Epub ebooks to Dropbox, but this new service from Google is actually a better option.

And I would use it, too, if not for the fact that I prefer Aldiko.

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9 thoughts on “Google Play Books for Android, iOS Updated With New Cloud Storage Support

  1. I’ve been checking it out today, the only real problem for me is that like Google Music when you download them to your device you only have access to them within Play Books. It does have one feature that I wish Aldiko, my preferred reader also, had and that is pinch-zoom. Is there anyway to see images larger from Aldiko???

  2. Was able to upload some pdfs & epubs this afternoon (takes forever for google to “process” pdfs). The search feature is disabled for uploaded books, and the ability to take notes is only available on epubs, not pdfs. But despite the shortcomings, the ability to read through my browser, then have it sync’d with my Android devices is definitely a huge plus.

  3. It’s nice that they support this. Of course, Kindle can store 5,000 Personal Documents — 5X as much — when you consider that no ebook will ever be 50MB. 1MB, maybe 2.

    And Kindle can still auto-convert Word docs for you.

    But it’s nice to know someone is catching up to Amazon.

    1. That maybe true, but has Amazon done anything to improve their file management?

      I’m looking at it now and I think trying to manage anything more than a few hundred documents would be unwieldy. Of course, the same applies to Google Play books, though their interface is a little more functional.

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