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  map, 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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Yaa!

  2. 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

    1. 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)

      1. OK fine they fix that first.

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

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

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

  6. Don’t forget about the sepia theme.

  7. Praise Jeebus, about freaking time!

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