Google Play Books for iOS Updated with Support for Uploaded Files

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google has updated its Google Play Books iOS app following its keynote address at Google I/O this morning, adding support for user uploaded PDF and ePub files.

    The Google Play Books app has also been redesigned to add a Read Now section, featuring books that have been recently purchased, upload, or read. This update also brings both stability and performance improvements.

    Apple has long supported the ability to upload both ePub and PDF files through iTunes so the new version of the Google Play Books app brings it up to speed with iBooks.

    Google Play Books is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Play Books for iOS Updated with Support for Uploaded Files
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    You know what I love about all these updates from Google? Because it MIGHT get Apple to move on the old and tired iOS. Hoping!
  3. macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    dumb question-how do we upload the files? I don't see anything in the Play store area mentioning it...
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I would also like to know this. The android app was also updated but when I go to the Google Play books section I don't see that uploads option. Just "Purchases" and "Samples". Maybe things are still being updated?

    This has been a HUGE wish of mine so if this actually works I will be very excited.
  5. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    I think that it is still being rolled out to customers at this time, I didn't have the upload option in the screenshot either.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Feb 27, 2013
    According to an article I read on Engadget it says that as of now you can only upload from play on the computer and it's not live for everyone yet.

    I'm in California and it's not available for me yet.

    Here's the link they had.

    You need a Google Account to access it as far as I know.
  7. Huracan, May 15, 2013
    Last edited: May 15, 2013

    macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2007
    When would Apple allow reading iBooks from any platform, i.e. through a browser? Perhaps through iCloud website. This is ridiculous. Amazon and Google are much better value for your book dollars, as you can read the material in many more platforms than iBooks.

    Does anyone have a good reason why one should buy a book from the Apple bookstore as opposed to Amazon or Google to give an example? Perhaps I am missing something. Hopefully this will make Apple wake up and provide more value to their customers.
  8. macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2009
    Because when you buy eBooks from elsewhere, Steve Jobs will cry in heaven. You don't turn down Apple's expectation, Apple will turn down yours. And I'm not kidding.

    You might call me a Fxxboy, but I know what Jesu... I mean Jobs wants us to do.
  9. macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2005
    I read a lot of technical books. Thus, I can usually get better deals on eBooks directly from publisher's website than Apple, Google, or Amazon. Furthermore, Apple uses the EPub format which works great for iDevices. However, Amazon only sells the Kindle format if you're talking about eBooks. Last but not least, why in world would I want to upload the eBooks that I have purchased?
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    If you purchase eBook on let's say a work computer, but your iTunes is on your home computer Mac. What would be the easiest more secure way (besides emailing it) to transfer back home? Voila, uploading it to the cloud.

    I think Apple is slowly, very slowly getting this cloud concept, but it's still in piecemeal. Slowly moving mac services to web (Mac mail, iWorks, address book, safari bookmarks, app and iBooks sync, iCloud and iOS backup and photo stream, iTunes Match (but you have to pay for that one), etc), but at this point they're playing catchup and aside from iTunes Match, it's tough to say that Apple is doing anything better.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    Why not just redownload it when you get home? So long as the two computers both are connected to the same iTunes account, there's no problem here.

    If the ebook in question is from another source, then, I would agree that Apple could make it a little easier to get it into iBooks, such as clicking on an ePub file in an email. But I don't see the need for a "cloud" solution.

    I, personally, prefer iBooks for reading, for a number of reasons. However, I get many of my books in ePub format from other sources. Not having much in the way of non-iDevices, the lack of such support doesn't effect me that much. However, I am one who supports the idea of Apple creating broader support for more platforms with iBooks.
  12. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    amazon kindle

    buy on amazon and read on almost any device and any webkit browser

    ibooks are a joke except for your own files
  13. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
    iBooks is better. Kindle only works with books from amazon store. Stanza was on of the best ebook readers but unfortunately is no longer getting updates
  14. macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2007
    Never - not Apple's business model.

    Apple - wants to sell as much of their own hardware as possible - releasing their software (apart from iTunes) on competing platforms makes little sense to boost hardware sales.
    Google - wants as many users on any platform as possible - the more users the ad impressions. They do this by releasing their software and services everywhere.
    Amazon - wants as many people using their web store as possible. And use their hardware to help lock them into that ecosystem (see the Kindle file format when they could use ePub, Amazon App Store when Google Play would've sufficed).

    All 3 have different aims. And different strategies. Rather than waiting for Apple to change, you may want to buy your tech devices and media from a company(ies) which meets your needs.

    For me personally the Apple method works great.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Jan 22, 2009
    Same ploy Apple used years ago.

    By being as compatible as possible with Microsoft, they stayed in the game.

    Google is offering all its apps on iOS, so if a user wanted to try Android, its all there too!
  16. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I haven't personally tried clicking on ePub files in email, but it should work. It works with ePub files from websites like Project Gutenburg, and with ePub files in my Dropbox. Just click on an ePub, and you get an "open in..." dialogue, select iBooks, and boom, your ePub opens in iBooks. Next time you sync with iTunes, the ePubs get transferred to your computer -- if it doesn't automatically transfer, do a "transfer purchases" command on your iPad. I have a ton of ePubs I've imported into iBooks from many different sources using this method.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    You're wrong,

    Kindle works with ebooks you upload as well. You can then download the book to any kindle device or any device with the kindle app. Kindle will also sync to the furthest location read on another device. You can delete and redownload a book at any time.
  18. macrumors G4

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    So does iBooks. In fact, I believe iBooks is better, as it syncs to the latest read location in the book, rather than the furthest location. So lets say you jump around inside a book, going back and forth, Kindle doesn't necessarily get you back to where you were last, if it always goes back to the furthest location, like you say.

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