Google Play Books is Now Renting Novels Published by Open Road Media

A reader just tipped me to a new section in Play Books that contains around 200 ebooks you can rent (Thanks, Tom!). All the ebooks appear to have been republished by Open Road Media, and are a mix of fantasy, mystery, and SF, with a dash of historical non-fiction thrown in.

Rental prices range from $1.79 to $2.69.

Like the other major ebook retailers, Google has rented textbooks for many years now.

Every so often they have also tested renting fiction. Back in 2016, for example, Google tested renting novels in Play Books, offering romance novels from Harlequin and then Harper Teen for $0.99. That beta test only last for a few weeks, with unknown results.

This time around the rental period is three days. Is this another test, or a permanent feature?

I wish I knew, but right now all I know is that the ebooks are available.

I did query Open Road Media about this, but I have not gotten a response.

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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.


  1. MKS15 August, 2019

    True Crime too. That’s a genre that doesn’t get a lot of mention but readers are the same demographics as Romance and tend to go through books fast.

  2. Kate20 August, 2019

    3 days is way too short a rental period, especially at those prices. Those kinds of books can be frequently bought at those prices when on sale.

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