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 ebooks

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Click Shop and then search for the ebook you’d like to read.
  3. Click the ebook and then scroll 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 and then 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 you want to upload, then click Select.
To find a file 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 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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