Google Play Books now allows users to upload their own books

Google Play upload booksOne new feature that wasn’t announced during the Google I/O 2013 keynote, but that I just discovered, is the ability to upload your own personal PDF and ePub files into Google Play Books.

When accessing the updated Google Play Books Android app on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll notice there’s a new feature that allows you to view uploaded books. Selecting this gives you the following message:

You can now read personal documents such as PDFs or ePub files using Google Play Books.

To get started, go to from your computer and click My Books.

Doing so will bring you to a page with the menu shown on the right. You can then upload files from your local storage, or directly from Google Drive.

Previously on Pocketables, we told you about apps like Fabrik and Moon+ Reader – until today, these were the best options for users who wanted to sync books you already own and reading progress across various devices from the cloud. Now, Google offers this ability itself – you can upload books you’ve obtained from any source, and sync your progress across literally any device you have seamlessly.

This is a great feature that I’ll definitely make use of myself. How about you?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

4 thoughts on “Google Play Books now allows users to upload their own books

  • May 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Hope they have a CBR reading ability soon. Easier to implement than PDF and as widely used I think.

    • May 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Yep – I was thinking the same thing. Right now, I’ll have to keep Moon Reader installed for that, but if Google implements that soon, I’ll have all my reading in one app – FINALLY.

  • May 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    This is another useful feature that, while a bit late, is still nice to get. I can finally switch to using just Google Books now that it will support my existing library.


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