Google Play Books gains revamped Read Now, notes and highlights syncing, new font and more

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.