Organize your books with shelves (beta)

You can use shelves to organize your books and help keep track of your library.

Important: This feature is currently only available on your computer.

Turn on shelves & other features

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Click Settings Settingsand then Beta features.
  3. Select the features you want to turn on.
    • To use shelves to organize your books, turn on Custom shelves.
    • To easily sort through your shelves, turn on Searching/sorting.
    • To make a shelf of your unread books, turn on "Ready to read" shelf.
  4. Click Done.

Tip: The "Ready to read" shelf only appears if you own a book you haven't read yet.

Create a shelf

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. On the left, click New shelf.
  3. Enter a name for your shelf.
  4. Click Okay.

Add books to your shelf

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. Under "My books," choose a book you want to add to a shelf.
  3. Under the book, click More Moreand then Shelves.
  4. Select which shelf you want to add your book to, or create one.
  5. Click Apply.

Search & sort your books

Important: To search and organize your books, make sure you turn on Searching/sorting.

To more easily search and sort your books within shelves:

  1. On your computer, open Google Play Books.
  2. At the top, apply a filter.
    • To search for a keyword, such as part of a title or an author:
      1. Click Filter Filter.
      2. Enter the keyword you want to search.
    • To choose from a list of common categories:
      1. Click Sort Sort.
      2. Choose a category from the list to sort with.
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