Now you can upload your own books to Google Books, read anywhere

Google Books is a platform that lets you buy books (or read free, public domain titles) in a web browser or on any Android or iOS device with a Google Books app. The cloud-based approach means that your bookmarks, last read page and other data are synchronized across devices, so you can start reading on your phone and pick up where you left off on your tablet.

But what if you want to read books that you didn’t buy from Google? Now you can do that.

Google Play Books

Google Play Books

Google has rolled out an update that lets you upload up to 1,000 of your own books to the Google Books server.

You can upload titles in EPUB or PDF formats, and you can either upload files from your computer or import books that are already stored in your Google Drive account.

Books you upload are treated just like books purchased from Google, which means you can read them on an Android or iOS device or on the web, and your data will be synchronized across all devices.

Unfortunately there’s still no good way to download and save books from the cloud. You can use one of the mobile apps to save books to your phone or tablet so you can read even when you don’t have an active internet connection. But you can’t read those books using anything other than the Google Play Books app.

Google has also updated the user interface of the Play Books app for Android, giving it a look that resembles the new Google Play Music user interface.

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  • Erik Knudsen

    No link to the upload page?

    I retract…guess the image is the link…but no workie for me.

  • John

    How do I do this? I can’t find it anywhere.

  • Shaq

    yeh there is no link like that on My Books for Upload ??

  • Eric

    this would be really helpful, but you didn’t tell us HOW to perform this action. I guess I’ll have to disregard this article :(

  • THB101

    https://play.google.com/books/uploads

    But its down right now as far as I know,,,

  • Tanya

    My husband has the link on his account, but I do not……makes no sense to me….

  • durky

    will be also pdb supported?

  • John

    It took a few hours before my account and my wife’s account both had the ‘Upload’ option on the Google Play Books homepage. I uploaded several epub files without issue, and they loaded right away on my phone. Unfortunately, it seems Google Play Books does not support the ‘file-as’ meta data within the epub files, meaning you are unable to sort books in a series in the correct order. Hopefully Google will add support for the additional metadata available by the epub standard.

  • Jonathan

    I love this feature. It works beautifully. Maybe privacy is a concern so skip the erotic novels.