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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 .

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 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 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 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 ended say "Expired." If you aren’t finished with the book, you can buy it or rent it again. Your old highlights and notes are still available during new rental periods.
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