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Old 09-23-2016, 11:30 PM   #1
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Google Play Books Now Have Ads

They make this sound like a feature, but Google places an ad inside of the ebook you want to read. I have to tap the screen inside of the ebook on Google books every time I open my ebook to remove the ad, and if I accidentally hit the ad it pops up with 5-6 other ebook suggestions and prompts me to buy the ebook they are advertising.

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Old 09-24-2016, 02:42 AM   #2
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Old 09-24-2016, 03:58 AM   #3
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:55 AM   #4
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This is a feature of the Google Books application - nothing is done to the book itself. My understanding is that Google books are standard ePub books with ADE encryption and can be read on any ADE-compatible reading application. Is this not the case?

This is a very similar feature to the "reading recommendations" feature of the Kindle (although that can be turned off). I believe that Kobo have a similar feature, too.
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:29 AM   #5
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Can someone in green change the topic to "Google books app now have suggestions what to read next".
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Old 09-24-2016, 07:20 AM   #6
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This is a feature of the Google Books application - nothing is done to the book itself. My understanding is that Google books are standard ePub books with ADE encryption and can be read on any ADE-compatible reading application. Is this not the case?

This is a very similar feature to the "reading recommendations" feature of the Kindle (although that can be turned off). I believe that Kobo have a similar feature, too.
Can a Kobo user verify this? I've been using Kobos for a couple of years and the book always opens when you click on it without any types of ads or reading recommendations.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:37 AM   #7
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This is a feature of the Google Books application - nothing is done to the book itself. My understanding is that Google books are standard ePub books with ADE encryption and can be read on any ADE-compatible reading application. Is this not the case?

This is a very similar feature to the "reading recommendations" feature of the Kindle (although that can be turned off). I believe that Kobo have a similar feature, too.
I would love to know how to extract the file for myself to put onto calibre and strip the drm. A couple years ago, I "bought" a freebie or a 99c book (can't remember now) on the Google books application just to see how it works, and could not find out how to make the file "mine".It seems to be firmly glued to the app itself and I cannot read it any other way. (using an android phone).

I'm a tech dunce, admittedly.
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:40 AM   #8
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Can a Kobo user verify this? I've been using Kobos for a couple of years and the book always opens when you click on it without any types of ads or reading recommendations.
Not in the book on a Kobo, but (optionally) on the home page. Same feature, just in a different place.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:06 AM   #9
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I would love to know how to extract the file for myself to put onto calibre and strip the drm. A couple years ago, I "bought" a freebie or a 99c book (can't remember now) on the Google books application just to see how it works, and could not find out how to make the file "mine".It seems to be firmly glued to the app itself and I cannot read it any other way. (using an android phone).

I'm a tech dunce, admittedly.
Go to Play Books and click on the the dots in the upper right-hand corner of the book and there will be a download option. You need to be running ADE 2.0 or higher (there are a few 1.7 holdouts, like me ).
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:15 AM   #10
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Telling me about other books I might like whenever I open an app or reach the end of a book? How horrible. How utterly inappropriate. Why couldn't it be medication, kitchen-gadgets, or better yet; celebrity news? Anything but easily dismissable reading recommendations.
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I wouldn't mind it on the home page, or at the end of a book. But I bought a Bible a few days ago from Google Books and every time I open that Bible on the first page I'm reading I have to click on the page to remove the ad before I can begin reading the Bible. That is ridiculous! And I do call that an ad and not a suggestion.

Here is what I get when I open the book:
http://imgur.com/a/Sacg2

If you accidentally touch the ad you see the second image. Again, this is inside of the book and the first page you get when you open it to read the book.

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Not in the book on a Kobo, but (optionally) on the home page. Same feature, just in a different place.
To me, it is not the same. The OP was complaining that every time he opens a book, he has to dismiss the recomendations; Kobo does not have anything similar. They are not the same.
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I wouldn't mind it on the home page, or at the end of a book. But I bought a Bible a few days ago from Google Books and every time I open that Bible on the first page I'm reading I have to click on the page to remove the ad before I can begin reading the Bible. That is ridiculous! And I do call that an ad and not a suggestion.

Here is what I get when I open the book:
http://imgur.com/a/Sacg2

If you accidentally touch the ad you see the second image. Again, this is inside of the book and the first page you get when you open it to read the book.
That's horrible! I haven't seen any ads on mine. I wonder if they haven't rolled it out to everyone yet?

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That's horrible! I haven't seen any ads on mine. I wonder if they haven't rolled it out to everyone yet?

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I am not seeing it, either.
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I wouldn't mind it on the home page, or at the end of a book. But I bought a Bible a few days ago from Google Books and every time I open that Bible on the first page I'm reading I have to click on the page to remove the ad before I can begin reading the Bible. That is ridiculous! And I do call that an ad and not a suggestion.

Here is what I get when I open the book:
http://imgur.com/a/Sacg2

If you accidentally touch the ad you see the second image. Again, this is inside of the book and the first page you get when you open it to read the book.
Have you made sure, under settings on the general library page, that the checkbox under Recommendations is unchecked?
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