Google’s “Play” family of apps is now down to the Store, Games, and Books after the Google TV and YouTube Music revamps. An update to Google Play Books today adds the ability to create custom shelves for better content organization.

In the “Library” tab, there’s a new “Shelves” section between “Your books” and “Series.” This “top request from Play Books readers” lets you create and organize books into “themed collections.” 

We made a shelf for our must-read ebooks for “Summer 2021.”  You can also designate your “All-time favorites” so you always  have a list of recommendations ready. Create a “Family listening” shelf for the audiobooks you’re saving for a family road trip. Custom shelves make it easy to find the right book at the right time.

A centered “Create new” FAB at the bottom of the screen asks you to name the shelf. Afterwards, long-pressing on any work will surface an “Add to shelf” button. Besides getting a list of existing collections, you can quickly generate more. 

Meanwhile, new Play Store filters let you browse by language, price range, or just see discounted books. Similarly, there are now customized discount notifications on Android:

If you sample or wishlist a book, you’ll receive an email if that title is discounted in the future (just make sure you’re opted in to marketing emails from Google Play). Take advantage of this feature by wishlisting the titles that interest you when you come across them in the Play Books app.  

Custom shelves in Google Play Books are already rolled out on Android.

More about Play Books:

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Google on YouTube for more news:

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author

Abner Li

Editor-in-chief. Interested in the minutiae of Google and Alphabet. Tips/talk: abner@9to5g.com