Crashes on iPad mini 4 1/5
Crashes every time when displaying books with only "original pages" available on my iPad mini 4 running iOS 11.2.6. Super annoying! Please fix!
Generally good 3/5
By Hust Yg
But there’s a bug when playing audio from epub3
steals storage 1/5
By Stas B
Google, are you kidding? I uploaded 54Mb pdf file and it turned to 1.4 Gigabytes in your app!!!
☹️ bad update 1/5
I love this app as depending on the system you use you can listen to your books which is a feature I love. I wish it read PDF books as well however, for some reason the latest update has every book regardless of form errors out. All I get is a message saying there was an error uploading the file. Just to be on the safe side I have tried to re-download one of my previously downloaded books from my IF app (Instafreebie) and I still get an upload error message. Outside of this first and only issue I have had with this app I would give it five stars however the fact that it’s not working for any new books I buy or books from the authors I review for I have to give it 1 star as I am now forced to use other reading apps rather than the one I want to use.
How to purchase? 1/5
Can someone please tell me how to purchase books using this app? I could purchase them through my Android but when I bought this iPhone, it only lets me read them. What’s up with that? Can somebody help me? Until then you get a one star
Bugs and Fixes 3/5
I would enjoy the app if only it stop being unresponsive.I would love the ability to use Google play on iPhone.
Crash from the beginning! 1/5
I can’t even do anything, and it should not happened!
Annoying navigation 1/5
How are you supposed to search for a book to read, without having to go though the pointless articles? I search for books and I’m only given the option to “play a sample”
Good, but missing bookmarks for audiobooks 4/5
The bookmark functionality for audiobooks is missing. The book I'm reading now does not have chapters; it has a 17 hr continuous section instead. It's hard to find anything whitin the book since the app does not support bookmarks set by the user. Otherwise, it's a good app. It lets me listen to my audiobooks on virtually any device (Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, or anything with a web browser).
Needs continuous highlighting feature. 1/5
Highlights have to first be selected then chosen instead of a quick highlight feature as in kindle. Highlighting is also confined to only what can be seen on the page. Continuous highlighting across multiple pages needs to be added to make highlighting more practical.
I've been requesting this feature within the app feedback for over six months with no improvement.
Highlighting and notes also have various other bugs that keep getting overlooked.
Needs work 2/5
By Joshua Sean
Biggest complaint, when clicking on a link to go to another page does not have a “go back” button so you have to remember what page you were on
If you love 2 read on the go, look no further than here friends.
Works Great 5/5
By FollowMyRecolor: aesthetica
Fair prices. Ease of use. I would recommend.
Sleep timer? 3/5
Maybe I’m an idiot but can’t find a sleep timer setting for audiobooks and app doesn’t sleep with iOS sleep timer.
Simple and effective 5/5
The app works seemlessly for purchased and uploaded books. Simple interface that always keeps my place.
Not consistent 3/5
I listen in my car and make deliveries multiple times a day. It never stars in the same place I left off and the connection buffers way too much. But hey there's no membership fee👍
Solid e-reader 4/5
I don’t own any e-books through Google Play. But as a stand-alone e-reader, Google Play Books works quite well—and may be one of the most accessible e-readers available.
The Material design language works especially well here, providing a clean, intuitive interface. The app also has all of the features expected of an e-book reader, including the ability to highlight, annotate, bookmark, &c. Like Marvin (another excellent reader) it allows multiple colors of highlights, which is nice—though only one color of bookmark.
For my purposes, the killer feature is the ability to synchronize highlights, annotations, and bookmarks across devices, via Google Drive, which is really handy.
That said, Marvin provides a lot more settings and features. On the positive side, that makes it a far more flexible and configurable e-reader. On the negative side, it also likely provides a level of complexity that most users will never touch.
Given that, if you’re casually reading books, Google Play Books is probably the best e-reader for iOS. If you want more customization options, or take a lot of notes, I’d also check out Marvin.
Dictionary needed 4/5
Google’s help docs indicate that a built-in dictionary (including offline) exists for the iOS version, but it is nowhere to be found in the current version of the Play Books app. It seems that this only exists for Android. Please implement into the iOS version.
Love it but.... 4/5
Where's the snooze button? Come on please add a snooze button. And iPhone x support thanks.
Doesn’t work! 1/5
I can read any books! I get an asinine error message that state “cellular data disabled” and states this should be enabled in settings but IT DOESN’T STATE WHERE!!! Stupid!!!!
Nice app. The newest update fixed my unreadable books. Old review:
The app doesn't make it clear how to purchase books on Apple devices. You have to buy the books on the website, then read the books in the app. I like the night reading function.
I can't view any of my purchased books in the app. It freezes whenever I attempt to open them. I have an iPhone 6. Ripoff.
Terrible experience. 1/5
The biggest problem with this app is that it doesn’t keep your place when it crashes. The words “network error” might not be the apps fault, but the fact that I can’t go back to where it left off is. Also, I cannot seem to get it to download the audiobook. The network error, I’m sure, would be resolved if it would just download the book, but it won’t. Even on my Wi-Fi doesn’t seem to want to download the book in the background, and gets continues network errors. Once these issues are solved, it’s a very nice looking app. But, it is currently barely functional.
Need option to read and listen 3/5
By San Anthony
You can only do one at a time unless you have two devices such as a desktop and cell phone. Annoying! Less devices being used the better!
I like the layout and the progress info and such, but it seems to be very buggy. Doesn't respond to Bluetooth-initiated pauses/restarts, nor lock screen sometimes. No options to change the skip amounts (30 seconds only), that would be nice. I'm only going to keep using it until I finish my free audiobook.
No sleep timer for audio books 2/5
The app works but is barebones compared to audible.
Buggy& laggy but better 3/5
Getting better. Thank you for your time!
Dismal search ability. The program wants to corral you into looking at their own preferences, and pays very little attention to Giving you control. The pages or more promotional tool with the clear slant towards what they want to sell. But this is typical of Google
By NYC ch'timi
Good app overall but, in the iPad version at least, I have an issue. Whenever I follow a link there is no quick way to go back to the page I was reading, short of bookmarking it first. Annoying and counterproductive.
Needs sleep timer for Audio books 3/5
If there’s a sleep timer for audio books I can’t find it.
Translate stopped working 1/5
It’s a great language learning tool, but the translate feature stopped working and, 10 or so updates later, it’s STILL not working. Uninstalled and reinstalled. Cleared data, everything has been tried. Much to my frustration, I’ll just keep having to wait for updates so one day I can finally go back to the books I downloaded (and paid for) in Spanish.
App straight up doesn’t work 1/5
I have an iPad Pro and bought a book for class on here. I can’t view it on the app whatsoever, and I can’t even look at a preview for other books. Garbage.
I’m very unhappy! 1/5
The app keeps crashing on me so it’s very hard for me to really sit dow and enjoy a good book!
The update is slow and unresponsive. 1/5
Ever since I updated the app, it won’t let me open my books and when I click on the “read” button it removes the download. Eventually the books open but it takes a very long time. Very disappointed because I’ve used Google books for years and never had a problem before.
Won’t open my book!! 1/5
Every time I open the app it and press read under my book it won’t open it. FIX IT!
App won’t open purchased books since update on 1/24/18 2/5
By make it easier to contact you
It shouldn’t be this hard to contact someone about the app. My books were working fine until the update. Now they say they are downloaded but won’t open.
Persistent indicator bar on iPhone X 4/5
I appreciate the X support, and the app makes much better use of screen real estate than iBooks or Kindle.
But, unlike in iBooks, Instapaper etc, the indicator bar at the bottom is persistent in full screen.
We need an update for iPhoneX 1/5
It’s been a few months now google!!
I love my collection I have accumulated....when I can read them. Without fail, I can begin to read and suddenly the app will freeze. So I move off my iPad to my iPhone and it does the same thing. It’s only certain books. Please fix this. I already prefer Nook but I enjoy using both. I may have to drop Play Books all together.
Not working for iOS 11! 1/5
I’ve had this app for years now and every 3 updates it stops working then fixes its self! As of this moment it won’t even open! Please fix this! I’ve paid for my books and I’d like to read them.
Needs update for iPhone X 3/5
Screen size is still formatted for previous model iPhones
Can’t highlight only on iPad 3/5
By Swim'n Bird
I just feel like if I can’t highlight stuff, this is kinda trash lol. Am I wrong though?
Error Fetching library, not working on iOS 11.1.2 1/5
Thank God for this app! 5/5
Since iBooks started shifting parts of my library to the cloud by some means I can’t control, I’m never confident of my access when traveling. Play Books is the answer. Easy to use and fast. Best of all, I control which books are available on my device
I love reading 5/5
This is the best cloud book app ever.
Crashed. A Mess first open 1/5
Downloaded app selected some books. Error messages, crashed, app a mess. Deleted app. Joke. Waste of time.
Deletes the wrong books 1/5
Be careful when deleting books.
By Randall King
The app works perfectly and does what you'd expect.
Play Books Great, EXCEPT... 4/5
... that though I PURCHASE a book, I can’t even loan the dang thing to anyone. Would be 5 Stars if I could loan something I own. Quite ridiculous if you ask me, or anyone I’ve talked to about it. I get you can’t let people turn into book dispensaries, but come on.
Only works sometimes 2/5
As title states this app only works sometimes I try opening a book to just get the spinning wheel as it try’s to load my book
Doesn’t support iPhone X 1/5
It doesn’t support iPhone X which is a real pain