Google Play Books

Last modified
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Description of App

With Google Play Books for iOS start reading today with millions of titles from Google Play on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Take your favorite books with you on the go and personalize your reading experience. Shop books in your browser on Google Play.

Great Reading Experience

  • Change font, search within the book, information about book
  • Manage your library (archive books after reading)
  • Night-reading mode
  • Read books offline
  • VoiceOver support

Discover Millions of Titles on Google Play

  • Over 4 million books in every imaginable category, from the New York Times® bestsellers to favorite classics
  • Millions of free books available instantly
  • Free preview pages
  • Unlimited storage of books in the digital cloud
  • Worry-free archive

Syncs With Your Google Play books library

  • Access all your books wirelessly from the digital cloud
  • Automatic page position syncing across devices -- pick up reading where you left off.



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

The app works well with Voiceover, but you will be doing a lot of page turning. Use 3-finger left swipe to go forward and right to go back. This seems backwards to me but is in keeping with VO functionallity elswhere in IOS.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments

Google Play support responded to the original VO problem report on this app and fixed the issue. They may be open to further suggestions, but be aware that the first line of support may not even understand your questions. It took some persistance to get through to someone who understood and acknowledged the problem.


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Submitted by David Goodwin👨‍🦯 on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Version 1.3.1 has just been released, and the release notes state that the VoiceOver bug has been fixed.

I've not used this app myself, but am assuming that the bug in question is the one mentioned above, which made it impossible to turn pages when using VoiceOver. If so, hurrah!

Submitted by Larry Thacker Jr. on Monday, June 11, 2012

In reply to by David Goodwin👨‍🦯

Yes, it is now possible to turn pages by using the 3-finger swipe left or right. Unfortunately they did not add the continuous reading functionallity that I suggested, but you can now read with it if you can put up with the need to constantly turn pages and get bac to the top of the screen. I will be thanking Google Support and making the second suggestion again.

Submitted by Larry Thacker Jr. on Thursday, November 15, 2012

V1.4.2.6055 lists changes for Voiceover as part of the update, but I can't tell what they are. I commend them for continuing to work on it, but I'm still waiting for continuous reading. That's the one thing that would make the app truly useful.

Submitted by Larry Thacker Jr. on Thursday, November 15, 2012

I didn't think to comment on this because the Android app has the same quirk, but I should save you the frustration. The page chooser at the bottom will not adjust by single page numbers. You will jump tens of pages at a time, perhaps more depending on the size of the book. Ignore it unless you really want to jump around by large chunks.

Submitted by Felix on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hi guys! Just signed up to use Google Play Books on my iPhone and one question arose immediately, that is, is it possible to download books from within the app, or they have to be downloaded from outside? Thanks in advance

You can download books that you've already purchased from Google, but you can't buy new books directly through the app. This is a limitation imposed on all apps that provide content that competes with something that Apple sells.

Can anyone tell me how to contact their support team please? I want to enquire about when the app will be available in my part of the world. Thanks.

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