Google Play Books iOS app release notes

Our engineers continue to add additional features and fix bugs with each new version of the Google Play Books app for iOS devices. You can find your app's version by simply opening the Books app, and tapping the Gear icon (). The version number will be shown at the bottom the screen that appears.

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Please note, we aren't able to support iOS beta releases.

You may also want to visit our Known Issues page for current bugs and additional features coming soon.

Version 1.6.1

  • Text copy
  • Single sign on
  • More APAC country locales supported

Version 1.6

  • Highlighting and note-taking are now supported in scanned pages books
  • Added support for rental books
  • Added sepia reading mode
  • Stability and performance improvements

Version 1.5.1

  • Support for reading your own PDF or EPUB files. You can upload the files using Google Play web site, and read them on all your devices
  • Stability and performance improvements

Version 1.5

  • Substantial improvements in performance and stability
  • In flowing text mode, tap and hold on a place name to see the description and a map of the place
  • Support for Fixed Layout ePUB books

Version 1.4.2

  • Better support for iOS 6
  • Customized layout for iPhone 5 and 5th generation of iPod touch
  • Stability improvements
  • Improved support for VoiceOver

Version 1.4.1

  • Bug fixes

Version 1.4.0

  • Support 2-step verification during login
  • Stream video and audio embedded in books
  • Support original fonts and SVG images
  • New feedback forms with support to request a phone call from Google to help

Version 1.3.1

  • Fixed the issue that 3D page turn is missing in the new iPad
  • Fixed the bug with VoiceOver
  • Improved the process to communicate to Google about problems with the books or the app

Version 1.3.0.4573

    • Many new features in flowing text mode, including:
    • Bookmark a page by tapping the top right corner
    • Touch and hold to select some text
    • Highlight selected text with color
    • Add a private note to selected text
    • Highlighting and notes sync with Google Play web reader and your other iOS devices
    • Translate selected text into 50+ languages
    • Look up definition of a selected word
    • Search for selected text in Wikipedia, with Google or in the book
  • +1 button lets you tell the world which books you love
  • View your library as a grid or list on iPhone and iPod touch
  • Bug fixes

Version 1.2.4.4370

New Features:

  • Now integrated with Google Play
  • Improved stability

Version 1.2.3.4158

New Features:

  • Improved stability

Version 1.2.2.3658

New Features:

  • Improved stability
  • Opens faster after a one-time database update

Version 1.2.1.3361

New Features:

  • Faster start-up, especially for users with a lot of downloaded books
  • Improved stability

Version 1.2.0.3275

New Features:

  • Requires iOS 4.0 or later
  • The "Manage" button allows you to remove ebooks from your app
  • We have improved how we display and format ebooks with flowing text
  • Support for Voiceover, an iOS accessibility text-to-speech feature, available for ebooks in flowing text
  • Search within an ebook even in scanned pages mode, as long as the ebook is also available in flowing text
  • New progress bar for downloads

Version 1.1.0.2247

New Features:

  • Read Google eBooks in Landscape mode on your iPad
  • "Find" feature shows all matches in the book as you scroll down
  • Tapping "Get eBooks" signs into Google eBookstore with the username used to login into the app
  • Added a clear no-network error message alert
  • Removed magnifier

Updated bug fixes:

  • Overall application speed improved
  • 3-D page turning available on iPad on iOS 4.3
  • Better Google eBooks downloading experience
  • Better experience on iPad with 3G but no cellular data plan

Version 1.0.3.1913

Updated bug fixes:

  • Faster loading time for Google eBooks with long chapters.
  • Images in "Flowing Text" mode optimized for display.

Version 1.0.3.1670

  • Compatible with all models of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Works best with 256MB or more of memory.
  • Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • Choose any of your Google eBooks and pick up reading where you last left off
  • Tap "Get eBooks" to view the mobile Google eBooks website
  • Tap the edge of a page, or swipe horizontally to go to the next page. Choose 2-D or 3-D page turn.
  • Adjust settings for your preferences: text size, typeface, line height, and day or night modes
  • To navigate anywhere in a book, tap in the center of the page to show the slider, or use the table of contents to jump to any chapter
  • Use Find to search inside the book
  • If available for the book you're reading, switch between viewing flowing text and original scanned pages
  • Store thousands of titles (on average) on your device