Google Play Books Overview Updated December 17, 2020

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Google Play Books was originally conceived as Google eBooks in December 2010. In addition to being an eBook stor, Play Store allows users to upload documents in a variety of formats and have them synced between devices. Like Amazon Kindle and Apple’s iBook store, authors can self-publish and sell their works.

There is an official app for Android and iOS, as well as a rudimentary web interface. The apps have a number of features like highlighting, notes, and a night mode that adjusts to the time of day.

Google Play Books Stories December 17, 2020

These free Play Store audiobooks use Google’s auto-generated narrators

Earlier this month, Google announced that it was using auto-generated narrators to make more audiobooks available. The Google Play Store now has a collection of free audiobooks created using this method.

Google Play Books Stories December 3, 2020

Today, only the top books get audio versions narrated by professionals given that recording is a time-consuming process that doesn’t necessarily scale to every published work. Google is now working on auto-generated narrators that can turn more books into audiobooks. 

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Google Play Books Stories January 23, 2020

Play Books for Android drops navigation drawer for Material Theme switcher

The last big update to Play Books saw the web client in August add beta features like “Custom shelves.” The Android app now has a Material Theme account switcher that replaces the navigation drawer.

Google Play Books Stories October 3, 2019

Google rolling out Play Books dark theme on Android

Following Google Play’s night-friendly appearance more widely rolling out last night, Play Books is gaining a dark theme. It becomes the last modern Android app in the Play family to get the look.

Google Play Books Stories August 15, 2019

Google Play Books adds beta features on the web, including ‘Custom shelves’

Earlier this year, Google Play Books received a Material Theme redesign on Android and iOS, with the service in 2018 gaining audiobooks. Play Books is now adding “Beta Features” on the web to let you test upcoming functionality.

Google Play Books Stories April 8, 2019

Google Play Books adds audiobook download quality, customizable rewind/forward increments

Earlier this year, Google introduced a Material Theme redesign for Play Books on Android. Now widely rolled out, version 5.1.9 today adds a handful of new features for audiobooks, including audio quality and download size, as well as customizable backward/forward increments.

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