The whole reason I enjoy audio books is because I travel A LOT! They keep me awake. Most apps allow you to download the book and play it at your convenience. With this app, you purchase the book but can't download. You have to stream it. That works fine if you are driving around town, except I don't need it then. Most of the time, I am driving in the middle of nowhere with no cell service. There are gaps of 30 - 45 minutes where I can't listen to my book. Quite frustrating. Will not buy anymore books from here.
Does not work on iPad Pro 1/5
Cannot say anything but it doesn’t work.
Used to work 1/5
This used to be a great app until these latest update. Now it won’t do anything. I can’t read any books of even see my library. It just locks up.
Latest update just hangs 1/5
By i just want to read my book
I open it and it hangs after a couple seconds. I sometimes can click a button before it does but freezes immediately.
From Android to iOS 4/5
I recently switched from Android but I’m still a play books fan. I only found one issue using play books in iOS. When using speak screen the pages don’t turn automatically like in iBooks and it only reads one page and then the app freezes. You can’t turn the page after speak screen stops. Get these bugs fixed and I definitely have to git it 5 stars.
This app does not work after the latest update.
Lack of share button 4/5
One of the best apps for reading ebooks with only one problem and that is when highlighting a word there is no share button to use third party dictionaries and translators(offline and online)
It was good... until it wasn’t 1/5
I had a few books purchased on my phone. However, I have recently went to use them and they are no longer there. I paid for them, so I’m extremely upset.
It’s impossible to search and download books unless they are suggested.
Almost unusable 1/5
Works great on my Samsung phone but it’s terrible on my iPad mini. Crashes frequently and randomly stops responding when on-screen buttons are pressed. What gives?!
Please restore the old page animation 3/5
Small detail but it makes a big difference. The old page flip animation in landscape mimicked turning a page in a real book. The new animation is like you have a xerox copy of a book (2 scanned pages per piece of paper). It is really distracting while reading because the page animation is too long. Please return to the old page flip animation style. If you are going through the effort to mimic a real page turn make it look like turning a page in a real book!
Really enjoy this app. 4/5
By Xadlysha Taynish
I really enjoy this app. I just wished it had the feature of uploading your own Audiobooks, if so, my life would be so much easier.
I am losing my comments!!! 1/5
It has a bug. When I highlight something + adding notes it doesn’t save it from time to time.
What a silly app 1/5
It crashes and crashes and crashes on my iPad. The Kindle app is the Rock of Gibraltar by comparison. As soon as I’m done with this book, bye-bye.
Needs collections 2/5
By Colton Windsor
C’Mon google. Just copy amazon kindle app. Add collections feature at least.
Highlighting all screwed up 3/5
I started buying my books on Play Books because when they say a book doesn't have DRM it actually doesn't have it, unlike Kindle. Another plus over Kindle is Latin is an option for translation and the current series I'm reading -Terra Ignota- makes that a highly useful feature. Books also keeps my current reading place well cross-platform.
Unfortunately, the iOS version of Play Books is disappointing. Besides it just not being a very nice looking app, and lacking some options with selected text (please automatically display a definition when I select a word - an obvious missing - and I’d like to be able to share definitions, translations, etc. of selected text), the worst part for me is the highlighting feature is completely screwed up.
I use highlighting a lot. When I look a word up I like to review them later so I use a color for that; then a color for grammar or spelling mistakes, another for storyological problems. I can reproduce a few different highlighting issues.
Selecting a word and looking it up often unselects it in terms of the color and handles but not for 'real'. If I then press a highlight color the highlight remains invisible but the tool shows the highlight as being removable with the x. Other times after the definition lookup the word appears highlighted by a color but is not and I have to select it then highlight then remove the highlight to clear it completely. Leaving a page and coming back often dumps the highlights. Sometimes highlighting a word causes other highlights to appear on the page, which I never made, including partial words, even through page turns. And the highlights made on iOS Books do not reliably appear when I check them on Android, though they seem to be fine in the other direction - Android to iOS.
I had hoped this latest app updates would solve the issue but it didn't. If I want to read the book and have the highlights work I can always use the Android version but that is frustrating to have to switch platforms. I need the highlighting to work properly on iOS please.
As is usual with Google, the new update is not as good as the original. The new version is slow, unreliable, and buggy. Highlights only show on the page open when loaded. Loading takes an inordinate amount of time. Crashes are frequent.
Force closing 3/5
By Fahmi Abdallah
Since the most recent update the app is force closing when attempting to read a book.
iPhone won't sleep when app is open 2/5
It seems like with the new update the iPhone won't sleep if the play books app is open. This is bad news for me because I often go to sleep reading, and count on the auto shut off. Can you please make this possible again!?
Crashes all the time 1/5
Can hardly read a book. Crashes as soon as I open it. Takes forever to load.
Can’t share items 1/5
We recently moved from exchange to google. We are unable to share documents with Play Books. This was a useful feature that I can’t seem to utilize. I’d love for a share feature within the application.
Speak Screen - No Page Auto Turning!!!! 1/5
Why doesn’t App Version 5.0 page turning work with Speak Screen on iOS 12.0?
It STOPS on EVERY page!!!!
Speak Screen. With the feature activated, you can drag down with two fingers on any screen to have the text read out to you. A floating control panel appears allowing you to adjust the speed of the reading.
Nice update 4/5
I have been using Google Play books for years, I have temporarily switched over to the iOS platform and feel some of the Android features like read aloud should be added.
By SK Admiral
Easy access to books.
Need read aloud option for iPhone users 1/5
I like the read aloud option but I don’t have this option on my iPhone why? I like to read but when I am at work I can’t look at my phone and read the read aloud option will at least let me listen to the book while I am at work please get this option it’s ridiculous the iPhone doesn’t have this option from google
Crashes every time I try to highlight. 2/5
Literally unusable. Crashes literally every single time I try to highlight text. Used to work fine.
By problemchild 19642012
Tried audio book and it says play preview but you can’t here the whole thing why?
I can’t turn the page. Also the read aloud will only read one page and then I have to turn the page and activate it all over again. Which is impossible because the pages won’t turn unless I close the app all the way and reopen it. That’s unacceptable! I can’t even enjoy the new book I bought. I never had a problem with my android so maybe the app isn’t comparable with apple but still it’s so annoying.
Audiobooks don’t work 1/5
Even on good WiFi, audiobooks don’t download. Streaming is constantly interrupted by error messages.
By Zanib unicorn
There is so many free books it’s awsome you have to get this app !!!!😃😂
Not a very good reader 2/5
Compared to the iBooks app, the Kindle app or even many PDF readers, this isn't a good reader, especially for academic or scholarly work. Selecting text is a huge pain (the app always seems to want to turn the page rather than drag the selector bar); highlighting only synchs intermittently between the iOS app and Google books in my browser; and support for Apple pencil is pretty minimal. It's a shame because the selection of free public domain works is so good.
I’ve highlighted information for several meetings, all gone. Sometimes you cannot highlight information. Syncing to other devices, terrible. So I’m through.I hold the app just in case there’s a miracle update that reports.I wouldn’t give this one star.
No offline listening 1/5
If you can’t listen on a plane ride, then what’s the point?
Highlight broken 1/5
By Tarek Ali Taha
Text highlights is totally broken. When text highlighted going back to the highlighted text jumps to wrong location and pervious text is no longer highlighted. Shame on Google for a broken app. Waited for several updates still not fixed.
No any book Available 1/5
By Shahjahan Hoth
Nothing in this App
Highlighting is buggy beyond belief! 1/5
The highlights feature is poorly designed and totally buggy.
You have to select a single word, and then use selection bars to extend the selection. The highlight menu often gets in the way of the area you want to select into. You can’t extend selection across column or page boundaries.
Once you have the selection you want, it often takes several presses on the color to get it to highlight. Then, there’s a 50/50 chance that the highlight gets saved correctly. If you rotate the page or leave the app, the highlight may be over a totally different piece of text, or it may no have been saved at all.
Then, apparently, there is no way to retrieve the highlights. You can get a document with links to them, but not the highlighted text itself.
Otherwise it’s ok. So, fine for bubblegum reading. Avoid if at all possible for serious reading.
Easy app? 1/5
Load of crap so far. Tried to open in iPad and iPhone. Down load it many times now. Can not open it? Come Google. Get it together and sort this mess out. You say it is easy to use. Fill like it is useless to keep trying. I can buy my books easy but can not get your app to work?
This app is terrible 1/5
Play Books doesn't work on my iPad Pro. I uninstalled the app then installed it again, but still it didn't work. Fix the app, please!
How do I purchase books here? 5/5
I don’t see any price tag or option to buy. Only option available is SAMPLE download. How do I buy books here?
Full version 2/5
By the droid you were looking for
I downloaded a sample, read it, and then decided that I wanted to purchase the full version but there was no option to do so.
Deleting content 2/5
The catalog is great and the fact that they offer audiobooks is also great but the app has two major problems (for a while now): I lost the count on the Number of times I have made all my purchases available off-line and then when I switched to my other account the app simply DELETES ALL MY CONTENT!!!
And the second issue is that on lower speed internet connections the app simply won’t download content. It keeps informing the same error that it wasn’t possible to download the files. Sometimes I have to try for hours to download some of my purchases.
I guess it works because you can read books 2/5
Other than that, forget it. Forget sorting your books, looking up word definitions or doing searches for words outside of the app. The search function used to work until Google ‘fixed’ it in an update. Now the search function just loads your web browser to the Google home page. Thanks Google! The bookmarks function is clunky at best. Translation rarely works as expected. Pages often get cut off at random, or the app sticks on a page and has to be rebooted. Google really should take a page from the Kindle app, which has far and away superior functionality on all of these fronts. I only use this app to read the books my partner has downloaded to it, otherwise I avoid it because it’s seriously frustrating.
Great app so far... 5/5
I love to read when I have time and this app has proven in my opinion to be great. I have purchased various books and novels without having trouble with the download, I even can download them anytime on my cellphone without any issues. Keep up with the excellent job!!!
WORST APP IVE EVER SEEN 1/5
GOOGLE I expected better from you. This is the worst app I’ve ever seen. It crashes on starts, it bugs in the middle, it destroys everything on my iPad. Cmon google step it up!!
Translate stopped working on iPhone... again 1/5
I’m using this app to help me read books in Spanish, but it seems that every time I get an iPhone update, it defaults to translating “Afrikaans to Afrikaans.” Going through all the time to scroll down to Spanish and then again to English gives no results either. I never know how long this will last. I really value this app as a language learning tool. Please fix.
Doesn’t work 1/5
I just downloaded app and it doesn’t work. There’s no way to download ebooks or audiobooks and a pop up keeps saying “oops, something went wrong “.
Coming from Android 5/5
By Make America Black Again
I still prefer Android over Apple. The fact I can download google apps(especially the ones I have purchased content on) onto my iPhone is pretty dope. Easy features such as read aloud, night reading, and turning pages with volume keys are well done. Been using this app for over 4 years on android devices.
I purchased a book to my IPhone it charged me but I can’t find any where to download the book. I emailed Google but they never replied. Poor app in my opinion.
Don’t Use for Audiobooks Yet 2/5
I gave Google’s new Audiobooks support a chance, because I own Google Home products.
Playback constantly fails, and then it will not remember the last playback location, returning to the one before it failed. This happens when using voice commands with your Google Home or when casting from this app. The only way playback won’t fail is you either play it locally on your phone or use Bluetooth, which is what I was doing before (and will now return to doing) with Audible.
So for ebooks? Sure, go ahead and get it. But if you’re looking to start using this for your new audiobooks purchases, I must suggest you hold off until Google works out all the kinks and it doesn’t feel like a beta feature anymore.