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.

Buy & download ebooks

You can search and buy available ebooks from 

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open a mobile browser, like Safari and then open
  2. Sign in to the same Google Account as the one you have on your Google Play Books app.
  3. Search for an ebook or browse recommendations.
    • To learn more about an ebook, tap the cover image.
    • To download the ebook, tap the price and then Buy EBook.
    • To read a sample, tap Free Sample.

Important: You can't buy or rent ebooks using the Google Play Books app on your iPhone and iPad. 

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.

Open & read the ebook on your Google Play app

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, Download the free Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  3. Sign in to the Google Account that you bought your ebook with.
  4. At the bottom right, tap Library.
  5. Select your ebook.
    • To change the font, text size, or other formatting, at the top, tap Display options Display options.
    • To jump to a chapter, bookmark, or note, at the bottom, tap Contents Table of contents and then select a chapter or section.

Find free samples of ebooks

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, make sure you’re connected to the internet.
  2. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  3. Choose an action:
    • To find books recommended, tap Home.
    • Tap a book.
    • To start reading, tap Free sample.
Once you download a book, you can read it offline.

Upload files & print books

Uploading files is only available on desktop and Android devices.

Tip: You can only print ebooks using your computer.

Dark Mode

To use Dark Mode for the Play Books app, you must be on iOS 13 and up. 
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings Settings.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. At the top, tap Dark.
  4. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.

Rent textbooks & books

You can rent digital versions of some textbooks and books on Google Play Books. 

Important: Your rental period will start as soon as you make your purchase, even if you haven’t opened the book.

  1. On your device, open Google Play Books Play Books.
  2. Browse textbooks for rent or search for a specific book.
  3. Click the book you want to rent.
  4. Check whether it says "Rent" next to the price. You’ll also find how many days you can rent the book.
  5. To rent, click the price and check out.
  6. To find how much time you have before the rental expires, go to your library and check the book’s cover.

Rentals that have ended say "Expired." If you aren’t finished with the book, you can rent it again or buy the textbook. You’ll still be able to find your highlights and notes.

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