Rent books from Google Play

You can rent ebooks and audiobooks from Google Play.

Rent books

  1. On your Android device, open Google Play Books Play Books.
  2. Find the book you want to rent.
  3. Tap Rent.
    • The Rent button lists the book’s rental price.
    • If "Rent" doesn’t appear, the book isn’t available for rentals.
  4. Follow the prompts to check out.
Tip: Your rented book appears in your Library.

Check when a book rental expires

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. At the bottom right, tap Library.
  3. Go to the book you rented.
  4. The rental period appears on the book’s cover.

Fix issues with rentals

  1. Make sure you’re signed in to the Google Account you used to rent the book.
  2. Check that you updated the Google Play Books app to the latest version.

How book rentals work

  • Not all books are available to rent.
  • You can check how long the rental lasts when you check out.
  • Your rental period starts when you make your purchase, even if you don’t open the book right away.
  • Some features, like printing, aren’t available for rented books.

What happens when a rental ends

  • Books still appear in your library as "Expired."
  • You can no longer use downloaded versions of the book.
  • If you buy or rent the book again, your notes and highlights are still available.

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