Google Play Books 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Google on Tuesday issued an update to its Play Books application in the App Store, adding a few new features and enhancements designed to elevate your reading experience on the iPhone and iPad.

The new Google Play Books 2.5 for iOS now features a revamped Read Now view, a new default font, the ability to sync notes and highlights to Google Drive and more.

Note that you must enable notes and highlights syncing within in-app settings.

The new Literata font, as its name suggests, is designed for readability and prolonged reading on small screens. Last but not least, your books can now be left-aligned using the app’s display options.

Just last week, the Internet giant gave a little love to its Google Play Magazines (formerly Google Currents) app, having added support for non-interactive digital magazines, mobile-optimized reading, improvements to the Highlights features and other perks.

Google Play Books 2.5 changelog:

  • Read Now has a new look
  • A new default font, Literata, designed for book lovers
  • Sync notes and highlights to Google Drive – turn it on in Settings
  • Left-alignment is now available as a display option
  • Stability and performance enhancements

The 20.3-megabyte download requires an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 7.0 or later. It’s optimized optimized for the iPhone 5/5s/5c and iPhone 6/6 Plus screen sizes and currently lacks a WatchKit component.

The Material Design-enhanced application supports features like OCR-based search, Single Sign-On experience, textbooks and rentals, user-uploaded files and much more.

Download Google Play Books free in the App Store.

  • :D

    Is it any better than iBooks?

    • I’m not sure if it’s better though it’s definitely very nicely done and has some nice features iBooks lacks.

      I should definitely give it a whirl if I were you.