Google Play Books update adds highlighting, notes, dictionary and more

If you’ve decided to go with Google’s Play Books instead of the ever-so-popular Amazon Kindle ecosystem, a new upgrade for your Android application is now available. Google will give users the ability to highlight, define, translate, and add notes to any string of text in a given book.

To access all of this functionality you simply tap and hold on the word you want to start with, then access the new options in a context menu.

Additionally, if the text you are acting on is recognized as a Place, the app will show that place to you on a ┬ámap, as well is deliver more information about the place from WikiPedia. As educational as this app already was, it’s just gotten ten times better. Get it in the Google Play Store.

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  • Marsg

    Great update now if only it will let us upload our own eBooks from amazon or something >.> the play store is pretty limited when it comes to eBooks

    • RitishOemraw

      No, let them start by making the app available to non-US phones.
      I don’t get it. My Nexus One could download this app. My Galaxy Nexus came pre-installed with this app, but with the 4.1 update they removed the icon from my apps tray (it says installed in play store, but can’t find/open it anywhere, no open button in play store app, just the uninstall one)

      I don’t even care that I can’t buy books (yet), because some books were available for free in my country. I used to read those on my phone, but with 4.1 I can’t anymore. :(

      (same with play movies app, minus the nexus one part, but I don’t care much, since I wouldn’t use that app anyways)

      • Marsg

        OK fine they fix that first.

  • Marsg

    I really like those new dictionary cards, has that Google Now look to it, very nice

  • bos

    The books app is great. Play store is what needs improvement. It needs more books, and better ways to find interesting books to read.

  • Nick_Lopez_Loya

    Was using aliko because of the dictionary. glad google is adding one. Finally

  • Layman76

    Don’t forget about the sepia theme.

  • Veronica Orozco

    Praise Jeebus, about freaking time!