Google Play Books Android app features & settings
What you can do while you’re readingTurn pages
Just swipe your screen while you’re reading. To use volume controls to turn pages, touch Menu > Settings > Use volume key to turn pages.
- To turn 3D page turning on or off, touch Menu > Settings > Use 3D effect for page turning.
To choose a specific page, touch the middle of the screen. You can touch the chapter name, page number, slider, or search icon to find the page you want.
Touch the top right corner of the page. You can also touch the middle of the screen > Menu > Add bookmark.
To highlight, write a note, translate, or search for a word, touch a word and move the sliders to make a selection.
To adjust font size, line spacing, background color, contrast, and more, touch the middle of the page > Font.
Read Aloud is a computer-generated voice available on Android devices only. It's not the same as an audiobook. To use it, you'll need to be connected to a network.
Start listening to your book
- Turn on text-to-speech on your device.
- On your Android device, touch the center of the page > Menu > Read aloud.
Make the voice quality better
Touch the center of the page > Menu > High quality voice.
Important: High quality voice requires a continuous internet connection. It'll stop if you go offline.
Book doesn't support Read aloud feature
It may be because:
- The publisher chose to disable the feature.
- The book isn't in Flowing Text mode (required to use Read Aloud).
- The feature isn't available for iOS devices or on your computer at the moment.
On most books, you can copy text until you reach the maximum amount set by the publisher. Some publishers disable copying text on books so this feature doesn't work for all books.
The Night Light feature automatically adjusts your screen color based on time of day. This can make nighttime reading easier on your eyes. To turn it on or off:
- Open Google Play Books .
- Open a book you want to read.
- Tap the screen once to bring up the menus.
- Touch the Font icon .
- Touch the Night Light toggle to turn it on or off.
What you can do while browsing your libraryBuy books
You can use Search to find a book you want to buy. When you touch it, the listing opens in the Play Store app where you can check out.
If you have a book in your library that you’ve never opened on your device, touch its cover to open it and automatically download it.
To arrange your books by title, author, or date last opened, touch Menu > My Library > Sort in the top right.
To change screen rotation, download, page turn, and accessibility settings, touch Menu > Settings.
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