Google Play Books now available in India, new update in tow

Our friends over in India can now purchase and read books on their Android devices (and in their browsers) as Google has made Play Books available to folks in that country. Whether or not certain Indian users can actually purchase those books due to lack of support for a great deal of credit cards and banks in that region is a different story, but if you can find some way to get your payment information onto Google Wallet then you’re in business.

Alongside that news, a new update has been issued for the app in the Google Play Store. The changelog mentions improved performance, an astounding amount of bug fixes (over 90), and new user interface tweaks. Included in said tweaks include a drop-down menu in the library view that will allow you to filter books by type, and the place name will now be identified on whichever page you’re viewing when the reading controls are visible. As with anything Google, the app is free and yours for taking in the Play Store.

[thanks Hasnain!]

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  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Yeah, not many will be able to buy. My AXIS bank debit cards (both VISA and Mastercard) used to work on Play Store till November then stopped. Tried HDFC and IDBI, none worked. Thankfully, only today tried Dad’s ICICI card and it worked, just in time for the service to start, haha. Too bad I’m not fond of e-books though, but great to see Google bringing these services here.

  • Marsg

    It would be cool if Google books would also let the user import Ebooks from their own collection like the ones bought on amazon, and maybe even a PDF reader. I really like the iBook app on iOS, wish Google books had the same functions.

    • Muhammad Ali

      I know right? I have many books stored on my Google Drive that are barely useable within the app but I can’t access them through Google Books so I’m always hunting for a good app to read my PDFs. Adobe Reader is what I’m using at the moment.

      • Michael Landauer

        Aldiko handles PDFs and ePubs well.

      • Marsg

        I’m using Adobe Reader as well. I have also tried a wide range of the ePub/PDF apps in the play store. In most cases they have poor rendering speeds and the dictionary/note features aren’t as robust as they are in Google books.

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  • DmwerdNA

    bring movies and music

  • Magnus100

    And yet the biggest and most glaring bug persists- the lack of text reflow. 1. What’s the point of pinch to zoom without text reflow 2. Copy & paste, still at large. 3. Sideload books from other readers still at large. 4. Add label to bookmarks? Why does Google remain recalcitrantly opposed to text reflow in all their apps! Obviously still missing important features above and much more.

  • asakura

    bring google services to latin america you tools at google!

  • Balvinder Makkar

    Next nexus device please :D