Google Play Books v3.9 Tells You When There’s a New Addition to the Series You’re Reading

google play books v3.9 updateGoogle released a major update yesterday for its ebook app for Android with a couple useful features as well as hints of future features hidden in the code.

The app now features a suggestive search function where users are offered names as well as titles from their library.

The other new feature is an addition to the series page. Play Books now tells you when there’s a new addition to one of the series in your library by adding a badge to the series icon (it’s the little blue dot you can’t quite see in the screenshot).

This would be a useful feature if Play Books were a decent comic book app, but even so it’s still going to help readers stay on top of their favorite series.

In related news, Android Police tore down the app and found that the code hints at some type of integration between videos and ebooks:

It looks like Google is going to make recommendations for books when they are mentioned in videos. There’s not much to explain this feature quite yet, so I’m imagining quite a few ways for something like this to emerge. My first thought is that this will harvest recommendations made in YouTube videos and carry them over to users.

There’s not enough detail in the code to show  how Google will use this feature, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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.

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