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Old 05-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Google "Play Books" to allow uploading of personal ebooks

Apparently in the first day of Google I/O, an announcement was made that the Play Books app will allow uploading from Google Drive up to 1,000 epub or pdf ebooks, allowing for syncing across all the devices accessing that library. This is an update I've been awaiting for some time!
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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The address play.google.com/books/uploads doesn't work for me...
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Nor me... I do wonder if there might be some geo restrictions in place right now on it?
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #4
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That's what it looks like. I wonder if we can bypass these restrictions same way as we can with Google Music.
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:22 AM   #5
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I have several Google accounts and I just tried and Google Book Upload works on a couple of them but not on the other ones.... hmmm...
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:10 AM   #6
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Works fine for me in the UK - As long as im uploading EPUBS - anything else it throws a tizzy at
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Old 05-16-2013, 02:54 AM   #7
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Uploaded a couple as a test it worked for me but now i've found Mantano and really like it I won't have much use for Play Books it's nice to have another option though.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:07 AM   #8
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I'm not sure if there are other platforms like Google Play doing this, but I know that I've really enjoyed using this service with Amazon, so it's great to see an epub equivalent out there.

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Old 05-16-2013, 07:18 AM   #9
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I'm in the UK and last night I had no upload button but it has now appeared today. Nice to see the ePub files syncing to my nexus 7.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:39 AM   #10
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I'm not sure if there are other platforms like Google Play doing this, but I know that I've really enjoyed using this service with Amazon, so it's great to see an epub equivalent out there.
Dunno, I always found it easier to use Calibre. I only have a few books on Google Play, so I tend to use other apps for reading.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:52 AM   #11
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It's good to have this, but after trying it, I don't think I'll continue, as there doesn't seem to be any form of library management. It's fine when you only have a handfull of books, but not when you have hundreds or more.

They are giving you space for 1000 books, I'd have though they might have looked into this aspect.
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Nor me... I do wonder if there might be some geo restrictions in place right now on it?
I also heard they are slowly rolling it out so some users will get it before others. But again, could aslo be a geo restriction thing as well.
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Play Books does have some ePub3 support, so if one is playing around with that, this should allow you to experiment.

As a reading app, it is not bad, and has some interesting features: colored highlights, Explore (look up in Google Maps, Wikipedia), Translate.

Some performance issues, at least on my underpowered iPod Touch.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #14
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quite frankly, this is pretty dumb. Yeah, I know the purpose is to have them available on "the clouds" -- so that you can access them anywhere, or so they say. But what if it's raining cats and dogs and my 3G connection is shut? What if it's a beautiful sunny day and there's no clouds around?

I have on the other hand 32GB worth of space here with me all the time! Why can't it just import the books already there, right next to it?!

thanks, but Aldiko is much better. go steal away another guy's "property"...
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I don't think they have given it enough consideration. They would have done well to make more improvements to the app. I don't know if there are differences between platforms but on iOS its woeful. I'll stick with Marvin/iBooks on iPad, and iBooks/Stanza on iPhone. Once Marvin for iPhone is released, there will be syncing there.
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