App working fine but no option for dictionary it just seems to have disappeared
Best reader I've s we used
The app crashes constantly 1/5
I can't access any of my books because the app crashes as soon as it launches. Help!
iOS 11 1/5
Won’t work with IOS11.
Won’t load 1/5
Some e books wont load you stay waiting forever and downloading it doesn’t help
By Master Knox
Love the app, finish more books since the app holds my place
Buggier but better sharing 2/5
I use an iPhone and a Nexus 7 tablet for books. Used iBooks first but when Playbooks came out for the iPhone I started buying books exclusively on Android. Play books has become very buggy refusing to open books or to return you to the last page you were reading. Have not encountered these problems on the Nexus.
Not sure who's testing the releases but they are asleep at the wheel.
Works great! 5/5
Horrible and broken. 1/5
If you can find a different way of downloading and reading a book, I suggest you do so...the application bookmarks do no work. Changing direction from portrait to landscape ALWAYs kick you back to a default random same bookmark. Extremely unproductive and unprofessional app. The tap area to bring in the bookmarks is extremely fickle and it sits and spins on a downloaded book for what seems like no discernible reason. The book I bought was a waste of money because I can't share it with another app that actually works ( iBooks or Kindle).. STAY AWAY.
This is much better than Ibooks I can find everything I need quickly and no glitches.
Unable to read books 4/5
So far so good. Since update to support iOS 11 is been working better. I will test with 3D page turn and see. But for now,no issues..yet
Keeps crashing as soon as it opens 1/5
iPhone 6 running iOS 11.
Too much crashing 1/5
Books don't load. The software is shoddy.
Works for me 5/5
Simple and easy to use. Another great google app.
Great app, just the current edition isn’t letting me read my books. I get stuck on the forever loading spin wheel of death. Maybe it’s iOS 11 that it’s struggling with? Regardless, once updated, I will rate it will again.
Great for text books!!! 5/5
By Anonymous Group
I am a college student and I just love how easy it is to upload PDF versions of textbooks to google play on my computer and then view the on my phone. Google play automatically compresses the textbooks and lets me download them for offline viewing on my phone. I can then access the textbook from any device with either the google play app or any computer through their website. The yellow (blue light removal) feature is also great for late night study sessions.
Downloads won't go through 1/5
I switch to iPad mini 2 and I'm on iOS 11 and my books will not download. Please fix!!
Problematic with highlights 3/5
I’ve experienced forward shifting of the highlighting in this book after turning several pages or closing and reopening the app. The highlights appear to move forward about 20-25 spaces/characters from the original material that was highlighted. Not helpful when trying to study.
I love reading my favorite books on this app, though I do wish it came with a setting easier on the eyes, I suppose it's better than reading a book in the dark but starting at the light isn't so good either
Great app 5/5
Use it exclusively for reading ebooks. Love the realistic pages. Easy to use. Highly recommend.
Great App 5/5
By The Falcon one
It is the choicest app I prefer to use as first preference till now.Great help. Keep up.
HORRIBLE DOWNLOAD SPEED 1/5
I use Google Play Books (GPB) in the hopes of keeping my books all in one play and access them from my devices, whether Android or iOS. Uploading books in PDF's or ePub from a computer is fine and I can see them all from any device. It's downloading to a device for reading that's a HUGE disappointment. It takes forever on a fast WiFi connection and seems to just hang. I don't use the highlighting feature all that much so I can't comment on it. But for my purpose of keeping books in one place and reading them on multiple devices, this fails miserably since it's so SLOOOOW. Keep in mind this is on a fast connection on a newer device (iPad Pro) so this shouldn't be happening. It's Google Play Books because I can download Netflix movies super fast, stream 4K/HD content without hiccups, etc. so this slowness is only in Google Play Books. Back to iBooks for me I guess, which is fine by does not have the features I need.
I love this app
App is unstable after IOS 11 update. Dictionary no longer works. PLEASE FIX.
Highlighting Issues 3/5
I enjoy using this app to read my textbooks but it lacks in regard to highlighting as I can't highlight between other highlights and many more issues regarding that. I hope they can add more functions.
It's great 5/5
I have no troubles with it. It does what it's supposed to do, which is ejumahcayte. Yaknowhutumsayin homie?
John maxwell 5/5
By john maxwell john cawdy
Things old and new
A storehouse of illustrations
A treasury of similes
Robert cawdrayJG PILKINGTON MA
Good app 5/5
I can easily read books using this app
Google play has great promos 5/5
I like google play because it has great promotions that make purchasing books and movies worth it more often. It's simple to use and downloads fast!
Not very user friendly 1/5
By nononot impressed
I didn't like the app or UI or quality of books images horrible some of them, anyways it is free so that's why it has a star at all
Hard to upload books to play books 2/5
I struggle a lot when trying to upload books to Play Books. Every single time it keeps processing for ever. It's like it's frozen. I have no idea why it happens with some of my books and doesn't with others. Really should give it some thought huh, Google? I'd really appreciate it
Love it 5/5
Love the app a lot, has all the books I want and know what I'm interested in.
Does not have a great selection of books to choose from 3/5
I like the effect of the page turning. I have always love that it makes you feel like you reading from a real life book, but it does not have the same selection of books that Amazon has. I look for very specific books, but Google Play does not have that author or anything which is disappointing. Other than that this is a great app to use to read on.
Nice appl 5/5
By قوقل ماب
Very handy to have reading material in my pocket at all times.
Rip Off 1/5
I bought books in Google Play on an Android device. Now that I have an iPad I installed the Play Books app. Went to read a book I bought, it downloaded, went to the TOC, then on the 1st page, a twirling cursor. For days!!! Even now a week later, same thing. I had to buy the book again ... on Kindle! Piece of crap, want my money back.
Great stuff 4/5
There is no other app for reading old, obscure works (for free in most cases) but Google Play. With it, I've read Joseph Priestley's "Disquisitions relating to Matter and Spirit" and I'm partway through his "Corruptions of Christianity." Also, George Berkeley's "Alciphron." Now I've moved on to Sir Humphrey Davy's "Elements of Chemical Philosophy," books that no one in their right mind would spend time on, but still so much fun. This is only augmented by the ability to highlight in five colors and to make your own footnotes. You can define most words in the text or else search for them on the web. I highly recommend this for any fan of dead authors.
LOST ALL MY NOTES after reloading the book 1/5
, which is why it got 1 star from me.
Preferred reader 4/5
I only wish it allowed page turning by volume button on iOS like you can on Android.
Amazing app 5/5
I like it
Great app, WHEN IT WORKS. 3/5
This application provides an incredible selection of public-domain works, but it crashes often and can be terribly frustrating.
Not very responsive to iPad Pro 4/5
While I highlighted the sentence, in the original pages (the book does not have the flowing text mode.
Best out there for convenience 4/5
I've used google books forever. It's been relatively non-glitchy tho does occasionally go blank. I like that I can share across all my devices. And I like the nightlight setting for those sleepless nights.
Constantly crashing 2/5
Constantly crashes or freezes when upon opening books. Separate problem where books appear to be constantly re-downloading themselves. Skipping record. Books downloaded for offline cannot be read when offline bc of this issue. Lame! Lol. Otherwise a good reader. Fix the bugs!
Problem on iPad 1/5
Similar issues in other reviews. Reading books in this app is a challenge. My android device does not have any issues but it's a phone....I read on the iPad for the larger screen.
Great Interface but... 4/5
By John Wits
I wish I could buy books through the app. Other than that great product. Smooth interface and an enjoyable reading experience.
Convenient and enjoyable 5/5
By jim kenney
My last two reads were a test to see if a traditional book could stand up to Amazon's Play Book App. Amazon's Play Book on my new iPad Pro wins hands down. The app remembers your page even if you've turned off the app or the iPad, once the app opens it takes you straight to your page position. Best of all, on an iPad making backlight adjustments is easy so reading in a dark room or when your eyes get tired, turning the screen brightness +/- encourages to keep reading. Another reason to say "thank you Amazon"!
Good app! 5/5
Definitely one of the best reader apps available!
Does its job
Indispensable for research 5/5
Google has digitized books that you will never see unless you pay hundreds of dollars to buy a print copy or live close to a major library and are allowed to look at a print copy briefly. Many of these volumes you would never see otherwise. I'm not sure if there is a better use of the technology.