Use & download bookmarks, notes, highlights, definitions, & translations

Most books on Google Play Books use Flowing text mode to adjust to fit your screen when you change page features like font size or line spacing. You can take notes, add bookmarks, translate, define, and search for words.

Check whether you’re in Flowing text mode

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
  3. At the top right, click Display options Gmail Compose Size icon.
  4. If you’re in Flowing text mode, under "View," it will say "Flowing text."

Add bookmarks, highlights, &  notes

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
    • To add a bookmark, at the top, click Add bookmark Add bookmark.
      • To remove a bookmark, click Add bookmark Add bookmark again.
    • To highlight text, click and drag to select the words you’d like to highlight and then Select a highlight color.
      • To remove a highlight, move your mouse over the highlighted text and then Click Delete.
  3. To add a note, click and drag to select your note location and then Click Add note.

    • To edit a note, point to the highlighted text where you added the note and then Click Edit
    • To delete a note, point to the highlighted text and then Click Delete.
    • To find all your notes, click Contents Contentsand then Notes.

Translate, define, or search for a word

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
  3. Click and drag to select a word.
  4. Click an option:
    • Define: Get a definition of the word in English.
    • Translate: Select languages to translate to and from.
    • Search: Search for a word in the book or on the web.

Download notes & uploaded files

You can find your Play Books notes, highlights, and bookmarks in Google Drive. Your notes are saved in a document specific to the book you’re reading.

You can download your Google Play Books notes and files you've uploaded using Google Takeout.
  1. On your computer, go to Google Takeout. Make sure you’re signed in to the account you’ll download data from.
  2. Click Deselect all.
  3. Check the Google Play Books box and click Next step.
  4. Choose the type of file and how to download it.
  5. Click Create archive.

Find your notes, highlights, & bookmarks

  1. On your computer, go to Google Drive.
  2. Make sure you’re signed in to the same account you used for Play Books.
  3. Open the folder you created to store your notes. By default, the folder is named “Play Books Notes.”

Highlights aren't syncing

The publisher of this book hasn’t allowed the copy-paste feature, or they may have set a limit to how many highlights you can make.

Edit a notes document

If you make edits to a notes document in Drive, they’ll be deleted the next time you add notes to the same book. To edit and save to a synced document, make a copy of the document first.

  1. On your computer, open the notes document you want to edit.
  2. Click File and then Make a copy.
  3. Name your new document.
  4. Make your edits to the new document.

Tip: If you add notes to a book, they'll only be saved in the original notes document. You can manually add them to the new document.

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