Google Play Books may not be the most popular e-reading app out there, but there is one reason why Android phone and tablet users might dig the latest update. There is new functionality that will allow you to upload a PDF or ePub eBook to any directory and then via a file manager upload it to your Google Play Books account.
Google first introduced the uploading of content to your Google Books account back in May. It was a very simple uploading feature that allowed you to scan your computer and upload books via a special web-form. The latest update works with any file manager program, such as Astro, ES-File Explorer or the stock one. Simply plug your phone into your PC, drag and drop any PDF or EPUB book into a directory of your choice. Once its on your phone, you can just click on it and there will be a new option called “Upload to Play Books.” If you want, there is also the ability to email a book to yourself, download the attachment and then open it with your file manager.
It seems Google wants to be your eBook reader, whether you are buying books from them or not. It is preloaded on any phone or tablet you buy these days, that is Google Certified.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.