Anuradha ShettyMar 01, 2013 14:03:15 IST
Bookworms in the country now have a reason to celebrate: Google Play Books is finally available in India. If you head over to the Google Play store, you'll see that the interface has been re-arranged to include a new section—Books. The Play Store now has two sections: Apps and Books. Selecting Apps will take you to the old app store, where you can download apps and games, while selecting Books will take you to Google Play Books, where you can browse through and download books.
The Play Books app is also available for download on the Google Play store. The app itself is free to download, but you need to download or add books to read them.
Google Play Books has a wide variety of books you can buy or download for free. Like the rest of Google Play, Books too has been arranged in various sections, including Top Selling, Top Free, New Arrivals in Fiction and New Arrivals in Non-Fiction. You can also browse through categories such as Biographies, Children's Books, Cooking, Fiction & Literature, History and Romance.
The Play Books app was also updated today for performance and UI improvements. There is a drop-down menu in the library that allows you to filter books by type.
In December last year, the Google Play Books app was updated to include a slew of interesting new features. Users can now listen to most flowing text books thanks to the 'Read Aloud' feature, and pinch or double-tap within books to zoom-in or out.
Say hello to the new Google Play.
The Google Play Books app allows users to read their favourite books and authors on the go. Users can choose from millions of titles on Google Play including new releases, New York Times best sellers, up-and-coming authors and free books. The app offers users a range of genres to pick from. Users can even personalise their reading experience and start from where they left on their phone, tablet or computer.
Last year, Google updated its Currents app for Android to version 2.0. This update features a wide variety of improvements, with the highlighted feature being the addition of an Edition sidebar, which can enable a user to browse feeds based on genres. The Currents app is compatible with Android 2.2 Froyo or later.
There is also a new 'Fast scan' feature, which allows a user to swipe vertically to scan an edition and swipe horizontally to advance to the next edition. The update also features an Edition-section chooser where a user can choose to filter out sections.
There is also the 'Unread Marks' feature, where stories that are read are marked as such. An interesting and useful addition is 'Breaking Stories', where stories are ranked by Google News and there are links to full length content. You also have the option to save stories for future reference. The update also brings a new catalogue design and a new widget.
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