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 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.