Google Play Books Update Brings PDF & ePub Uploads


Google is currently rolling out an update for its official Google Play Books application, which comes pre-loaded on all Android devices. This upgrade doesn’t bring any drastic user interface changes, but there are some pretty impressive performance tweaks and new sharing features included.

Firstly, the development team at Mountain View have tweaked the app, to make opening your books — both your own personal uploads and purchases from the Play Store — significantly faster. There’s also some stability improvements for the built-in annotation function, which allows users to highlight and write notes on a specific piece of text. And users now have the ability to dismiss notifications and lower the brightness setting for low-light reading.

Google has also bundled in a great new feature which I’m sure your going to love. Using the standard Android intents system, users will now have the ability to select compatible ePub and PDF files that they wish to upload to the Google Play Books servers. Once uploaded, the document will be available to access at any time, from any of your Android-powered devices. That’s pretty neat, if you ask me.

The full changelog for the update can be seen below:

  • Books open more quickly and smoothly.
  • Upload EPUB or PDF files to your library from your phone or tablet. From email or Downloads, touch the file to open it and choose Upload to Play Books.
  • Improved look and feel of highlights and notes.
  • Lower brightness settings, for better reading in low light.
  • Read any book in landscape view.
  • Dismiss recommended books in Read Now.
  • Additional improvements in performance, stability and accessibility.

As with any major Google update, this one’s being rolled out in stages, so it may be several days before you get an update notification. But if you’re impatient, like me, and want to see if the update is ready for your device — just click the source link below.