All the books you love. On the page or out loud. Anywhere you are.
Meet Google Play Books for iOS: the one app to enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from Google Play.
Dive into a great book today with millions of titles from Google Play on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Download your book to read or listen on the go. When you’re finished, find your next favorite from recommendations personalized just for you.
●       New! Audiobooks are now available on Google Play
●       No monthly subscription required
●       Navigate chapters with real chapter titles - not track lists
●       Pick up where you left off on all your devices
●       Preview free samples from our catalog of millions of books
●       Read your books, comics, and textbooks even when you’re offline
●       Take notes that sync with your Google Drive and share them with a group for easy collaboration.
●       Use the Night Light setting to automatically adjust the background color and brightness to make it easier for you to fall asleep

What's New

Version 4.0.2

*Introducing audiobooks! Now available from Google Play Books
*Pick up where you left off on iOS, other mobile platforms, or the web
*Choose from a huge selection of audiobooks on Google Play

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Great Reader App


As a reader app it does the job solidly! I can easily read any book I have purchased through Google however the browsing abilities of the app are severely lacking. I don't want to peruse articles as much as I want to look for more books I might find an interest in. When opening the app there is a decent "recommended for you" list but with no way to change or extend the list, search a new list or simply refresh the list without going through a "build your interests" type form. Obviously, I can browse on a desktop or laptop but that isn't as convenient as being able to do it from the same device I just finished reading from.
It could also benefit from manipulating the screen timer. It's quite frustrating to constantly have to unlock the phone because the screen times itself out on every page.



I’m giving this four stars because in some cases it seems to work well. My biggest complaint is getting samples of books. I like the ability to view a sample... but once a sample, always a sample... in the app anyway. I purchased the full book and can read the entire book on the browser but as soon as I go back to the app it’s a sample again. I’ve tried deleting the download and even removing the title and then going back to the full book on the web browser and clicking “view in app”. Even if I’m in chapter one on the browser when I click to view in app, it goes back to the introduction and says none of the chapters are able to be viewed. Like it’s still a sample. So I’m annoyed with that but otherwise the app seems okay.

Solid e-reader


I don’t own any e-books through Google Play. But as a stand-alone e-reader, Google Play Books works quite well—and may be one of the most accessible e-readers available.

The Material design language works especially well here, providing a clean, intuitive interface. The app also has all of the features expected of an e-book reader, including the ability to highlight, annotate, bookmark, &c. Like Marvin (another excellent reader) it allows multiple colors of highlights, which is nice—though only one color of bookmark.

For my purposes, the killer feature is the ability to synchronize highlights, annotations, and bookmarks across devices, via Google Drive, which is really handy.

That said, Marvin provides a lot more settings and features. On the positive side, that makes it a far more flexible and configurable e-reader. On the negative side, it also likely provides a level of complexity that most users will never touch.

Given that, if you’re casually reading books, Google Play Books is probably the best e-reader for iOS. If you want more customization options, or take a lot of notes, I’d also check out Marvin.


Google, Inc.
67.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
© Google Inc.


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