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Read books on Google Play

After you buy & download books on Google Play, you can:

  • Read online or read offline
  • Read books on more than one device
  • Jump to a different part of the book
  • Change the font, brightness, and other display options

Open a book

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library .
  3. To open a book, tap the cover.

Change font, text size, & display

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open the book.
  3. Tap the center of the page.
  4. At the top right, tap Display options .
    • To change font, text size, and line spacing, make changes under Display options .
    • To change brightness, background color, or set your screen to adjust based on time of day, make changes under Settings Settings.
  5. To return to reading, tap outside the display options box.

Change screen rotation, page turns, & accessibility options

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. Make your changes.

Jump to pages, chapters & bookmarks

To move quickly between pages, chapters, and bookmarks, open the book you’re reading, then follow the steps.

Skim through pages
  1. Tap the center of the page.
  2. Swipe to quickly flip through pages. You can also slide the bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. To go back to the page you started on, at the top left of the bar, tap the page thumbnail.
Jump to a page

If you know the page number you want to go to:

  1. Tap the center of the page.
  2. At the top right, tap the page number.
  3. Enter the page number you want to jump to.
Jump to a chapter, bookmark, or note
  1. Tap the center of the page.
  2. At the top left, tap the chapter name.
    • To jump to a chapter, tap the chapter name.
    • To jump to a bookmark or note, tap Bookmarks or Notes and tap the bookmark or note you want to see.
See recent bookmarks

Your four most recent bookmarks show up on the progress bar. To see the bookmarked page, tap the bookmark.

Read on a different device

When you open your book on a different device from the one you started on, it’ll automatically open to where you left off. Make sure:

  • Your device is connected to the internet when you stop and start reading your book.
  • You’re signed in to the same account for Google Play Books on both devices.

If your book doesn’t open to the right page, try swiping forward or backward and check your Wi-Fi connection.

Note: If you transferred the book to your device using Adobe Digital Editions, page positions won’t sync.

Dan is a Google Play expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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