Google Play Books app features & settings

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Using the Google Play Books app Google Play Books app for Android, you can choose from millions of titles on Google Play and read them on your mobile device. Here are some of the features that you can use on the Google Play Books app.

Learn how read books using your iOS device or computer.

Basic reading functions

After you've opened a book, follow these instructions to help read, browse, and search your book.

  • Turn pages: Touch or swipe the right or left side of the screen to turn pages.
  • Browse: Touch the middle of the screen to bring up your reading menus to see how far you've progressed in your book or use the slider to skip to another section.
    • Browse by chapter: Touch the middle of the screen to bring up your reading menus, then select the Browse icon to browse your book.

      Note: If you are reading a free sample, some chapters won't be available.

  • Search: You can search for text or words inside your book by touching the Google Play Search Search icon and enter a word or phrase.

Text display

To customize how your book pages are displayed when reading, you can change the following settings by selecting the Google Play books font Text icon on your book's reading menu.

  • Theme
  • Typeface
  • Text alignment
  • Brightness
  • Font size
  • Line height

Other settings

When you're reading a book, you can access additional settings by touching the Menu icon (depending on your device, your Menu icon may look different) in the Google Play Books app.

  • About this book or Buy: Visit the book's page in the Google Play Store.
  • Share: Share a link to your book.
  • Add Bookmark: Bookmark a page.
    • You can view all your bookmarks and notes for a book by selecting the Browse icon.
  • Settings: Change your screen rotation, download, page turn, and accessibility settings.