Organize & sort books in your library

To make it easier to find a book, you can organize the books in your library. ​

Organize your books in groups

Select multiple books at a time
  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap and hold the first book you want to select.
  4. Tap other books to add them to the selection.

Tip: Once you complete your selection of books, you can take the following actions in bulk:

  • Add to shelf
  • Download
  • Remove download
  • Mark as finished or not finished
  • Add to Family Library or Remove from Family Library
  • Permanently delete
Create a shelf
  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library and then Shelves and then Create New.
  3. To name your new shelf, tap the title. 
  4. To save, tap Done Done.
Add books to a shelf
  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap and hold the book you want to add to a shelf. Select more to add multiple books.
  4. Tap Add to shelf.
  5. Tap the desired shelf.

Tip: To add books to a shelf from the shelf directly, tap Add Books.

Remove a book from a shelf
  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Go to the shelf.
  4. Tap and hold the book you want to remove.
  5. Tap Remove from this shelf.

Filter books by genre, author, progress & more

Important: These filters are only available on Play Books app version 5.3 and up. 

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books .
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap the filters that you want to apply.
  4. Scroll to find the results.
Tip: To apply multiple filters quickly, tap Filters Sort, select multiple filters, then tap Apply. This feature is only available on the Android Play Books app version 2023.04.17.00 and up.

Find books you haven't started

  1. ​On your Android device, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Scroll through the filters and tap Progress
  4. Tap Not started.

Find all the books in a series

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Play Books app .
  2. Tap Library.
  3. At the top, tap Series.

Tip: This list displays all the books in the series, not just the ones you own. You can filter by Ownership and tap Purchases to see the books you own.

Find a book or author with the alphabetical index

Important: This feature is only available on the Android Play Books app version 2023.04.17.00 and up.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. Tap Filter view Filter and then Select List view.
  4. Sort by Author or Title.
  5. Use the index to scroll to a specific letter in the alphabet.

Tip: The index appears if you have more than 25 books available after you apply filters. When you sort by recent, the index doesn't appear.

Find pre-orders or upcoming books you’re interested in

You can display existing pre-orders, upcoming books from series you subscribe to, and books available for pre-order in your library. Learn more about pre-orders and series subscriptions.

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library and then Upcoming.
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