At the Google I/O event, Google announced several things such as redesigned Google Maps, new Play Services, and more, but amidst all these announcements, you may have missed one very useful update to Google Play Books. What’s new is that Google Play Books now allows user to upload their very own eBooks in EPUB or PDF format to Play Books account. Till now, Play Books did not offered an impressive reading experience, but now with the addition of this new feature, everything changes. Users are going to love this feature, as apart from just uploading eBooks, users can also keep their reading progress synced across all devices.
This new addition to upload your own eBooks will be very useful for eBook lovers, who won’t need to worry anymore about carrying their books collection, and keeping it synced across all devices. Google has simplified the process with Play Books, as you just need to upload all of your EPUB and PDF files to your Play Books account, and then you can access them from anywhere, be it your web browser, smartphone or tablet with the help of Google Play Book app installed on it.
Once the eBook is uploaded, users can read books on Android smartphone or tablet, and also on iOS devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, or through PC web browser by navigating to the Play Books site. Best of all, your reading progress is synced across all your devices which means if you finish reading on page 34, then the same page is opened on other devices also, all thanks to the power of cloud.
To get started, head over to https://play.google.com/books/uploads and then login with your Google account. This should be the same primary account that you use to login to your Play Books app on your Android or iOS devices.
Once logged-in, click on the big blue “Upload files” button. As you can read on the site, you can upload up to 1000 EPUB or PDF files for FREE on Google Play. You have two options – either you can upload your EPUB and PDF files manually, or you can also import the books through your Google Drive, but only if you have any such files in your Google Drive.
One thing that you’ll need to keep in mind is that the file size should not exceed 50MB. After you’ve completed uploading the file, it takes some time to process the file, before you can start reading. But once the process finishes, you can start reading the book on your mobile devices using the Google Play Books app on your Android smartphone or tablet, on iPhone, iPad or on the web interface of Play Books.
With the updated app, Google now has a worthy competitor to Apple’s iBooks and Amazon’s Kindle app. Get the app from below link.