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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.

If you’re reading a book that has Flowing text mode, you can take notes and add bookmarks. You can also translate, define, and search for words.

Check whether you’re in Flowing text mode

  1. Go to Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
  3. At the top right of the page, click Display options Display options.
  4. If you’re in Flowing text mode, under "View," it says "Flowing text."

Bookmark a page

  1. Go to Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
  3. At the top right of the page, click Bookmark .

Highlight text in your book

  1. Go to Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
  3. Click and drag to select the words you’d like to highlight.
  4. Select a highlight color.

Add a note

  1. Go to Google Play Books.
  2. Open a book.
  3. Click and drag to select your note location.
  4. Click Add note.
  5. Enter your note and select a highlight color.
  6. Click Save.

Change a note

  1. Point to the highlighted text where you added the note.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Make your changes, then click Save.

Delete or show notes

  • To delete a note, point to the highlighted text, then click Delete.
  • To see all your notes, click Contents Contents and then Notes.

Translate, define, or search for a word

  1. Go to 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 the word in the book or on Google or Wikipedia.

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