New Update to Google Play Books App Removes Option to Upload PDFs

The ever New Update to Google Play Books App Removes Option to Upload PDFs e-Reading Software Epub Google Google Books enigmatic Google rolled out a new update for the Play Books Android app and it has a lot of bloggers scratching their head.

The new version of the GPB app (3.1.23) reportedly doesn't have any new features. In fact, the only change that has been identified is that readers can no longer upload PDFs from the app. They can still upload Epub from the app and they can upload both PDF and Epub via the Google Play website, but for some reason Google has disabled this one feature.

Google added the upload feature a couple weeks ago, and that's what has everyone puzzled. Why add a feature just to remove it 11 days later?

This is just a guess, but perhaps the feature wasn't working too well?

I haven't tested this feature myself but I have been reading user reports.  A number of people have reported that tyhey cannot upload ebooks.  There was a comment left on this blog, and there also several reviews which complained about this option:

Yeah, the download–>upload–>download model is just weird. And it’s slow! I tested a book last night, and it stayed at “Processing” for hours. Okay, I admit, I tested it on a Brandon Sanderson door-stop sized book, but still…

Not able to upload my PDF file to Google Play Books even after disabling QuickOffice. Still not able to discard my PDF reader.

EPUB and PDF'S still won't upload on mobile! Just wish it wasn't so cumbersome to upload them. If I download them on my phone I want to add them on my phone and read right away. Still can't upload directly from my device, even though last update says I can it doesn't work.

Upload doesn't work. Would've stopped me from using other apps, you missed out.

I would bet that the upload function is more likely to choke on large files than small files, and since Epubs average significantly smaller than PDF the latter format was probably the source of a greater volume of complaints (or error messages returned from Google's servers). It would not surprise anyone to see PDFs that hit 50MB in size (or more), but a 50MB Epub file is still the exception (textbooks, mainly, and other enhanced ebooks).

You can find the app in Google Play. But I wouldn't download it; there's no need. Instead I suggest that you wait until the next update.

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

2 Comments

  1. […] Play Books had gained the ability to upload Epub and PDF in early December, but lost support for uploading PDFs about 10 days later when Google realized that users actually expected it to function […]

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  2. yaduwendra7 January, 2015

    Its weird tht google has removed the upload pdf option.. Making playbook worthless app..its better to use other reader than to rely in google playbook

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