Buy and 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 eBooks

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Click Shop and then search for the eBook that you’d like to read.
  3. Click the eBook and thenscroll down to check details like which devices you can read the eBook on.
  4. At the top, click the price.
  5. Select your payment method > click Buy eBook.

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.

On Google Play Books, open an eBook.

  • To change the font, text size or other formatting, click Display options Gmail Compose Size icon.
  • To jump to a chapter, bookmark, note or info card, click Contents Table of contents .

Upload files

You can read PDF and EPUB documents with Google Play Books. When you upload PDF and EPUB documents to Google Play Books, you can read them on any device with Play Books.


With EPUB documents, you can also use bookmarks, highlights and notes on all your devices.

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. On the left, click My books.
  3. At the top right, click Upload files.
  4. Find the PDF or EPUB file that you want to upload. Click Select.
To find a file that you’ve uploaded, go to your Uploads library.

Print books

To print eBooks, you’ll need to download the eBook on your computer.

Important: There are limits on how much you can print from some eBooks. These limits are set by the book’s publisher and vary depending on the specific book. These limits are known as Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Rent books

  1. On your device, open Google Play Books Play Books.
  2. Browse textbooks for rent or search for a specific book.
  3. Select the book that you want to rent.
    • To find out if you can rent the book: Check whether it says 'Rent' next to the price.
    • To find out for how long the rental lasts: Select 'Rent' then check the information in the pop-up.
  4. To rent the book, select the price then complete the check-out process.
    • Your rental period starts when you make your purchase, even if you haven’t opened the book.
  5. To find out how much time you have before the rental expires, go to My Books then check the book’s cover.
Tip: Books with rental periods that have ended will be shown as 'Expired'. If you haven't finished with the book, you can buy or rent it again. Your old highlights and notes are still available during new rental periods.
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