Buy & read ebooks

You can use Google Play Books to download and read ebooks on more than one device. You can also upload files and print books.

Download & install Google Play Books

  1. Make sure your Android phone or tablet is connected to the internet.
  2. Download the Google Play Books app Play Books.

Buy ebooks

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Search for the ebook you’d like to read.
  3. Select an ebook and then tap the price.
  4. [Optional] Depending on the book, you may also be able to read a sample. Tap Sample.

Viewing options

Tip: Not all ebooks offer more than one viewing option.

Depending on the book, you can view an ebook as:
  • Original Pages: Read the book in a fixed-page layout that usually matches the printed edition.
  • Flowing text: Change display options like font, text size, and line spacing.

Learn how to change an ebook's display settings.

Read ebooks

You can change the font, text size, and jump to chapters when you read ebooks.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Select a book.
  3. Tap the center of the page.
    • Swipe to quickly flip through pages.
    • To jump to a chapter, bookmark, or note, tap Contents Contents.
    • To change font, text size, and line spacing, tap Display options Display options.
    • To change brightness or background color, tap Display options Display options and then Lighting.
    • To rotate your screen, or adjust based on time of day, tap Settings Settings.
  4. To go back to your ebook, tap the center of the page again, or tap Back.

You can download ebooks to your device or SD card. Learn how to download and read books offline.

Print books

You can print ebooks using your computer.

Important: Some ebooks have limits on how many pages you can print. These limits are set by the book’s publisher and vary depending on the book. These limits are known as Digital Rights Management (DRM).

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