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Google Play Books – How to Upload an eBook to Google Play Books

Google Play Books – How to upload an ebook to Google Play Books
You can easily upload your EPUB or PDF books and documents into the Google Play Books and store the books in your cloud for later use on any supported or compatible device. This is quite similar to what Google allows you do with Google Play Music.

 How to Upload an eBook to Google Play Books

Background of Google Books and Google Play Books e-Reader

You are not allowed to upload your own eBook when Google first released the Google Books and Google Play Books e-reader. This was because it was a closed system, and you were only stocked with reading books you’ve purchased from Google. It is not surprising to hear that the first feature request for Google Books was some sort of cloud-based storage option for personal libraries but the option exists now. Something to be excited about.

In the early first days of Google Play Books, you are free to download the books and put them on another reading platform, well you can still do that, but it has disadvantages. If you are using a local e-reading app, like Aldiko, your books are also local. When you pick up your tablet, you can’t continue the book you were reading on your phone. If you probably misplace your phone or it got stolen without you backing up these books somewhere else, you will also lose the book.

Requirements Needed to Upload your Books to Google Play Books

You will definitely need the following things to upload your books to Google Play Books.

  • A Google or Gmail account
  • PDF or PDF formatted e-books or documents
  • A legal right to own copies of the e-books or documents which means you didn’t pirate them
  • Your files need to be stored either on your computer or on the Google Drive.

Steps on Uploading Your Books on Google Play Books

First, you would need to login to your Google account. It is best to use Chrome and Firefox or Modern versions of IE also work well.

  • login with https://play.google.com/books
  • Click on the Upload button in the upper right corner of your screen. A window then appears.
  • Drag the items from your computer hard drive or you can click My Drive icon and navigate to the books or documents you wish to include.

Your items may take several minutes to have a cover art appear, in fact, in some cases, the cover art won’t just appear at all, but you will have a common cover or whatever happened to be on the first page of the book. it doesn’t appear to be a way to fix that problem at this time, but covers you can Personalize Maybe a Future Feature of Google Play Books

Another missing feature according to this writing, is the ability to orderly organize these books with tags, folders, or collections. Presently, you can only sort books by uploads, rentals and purchases. There are a few options for sorting when you view your library in a web browser, but those choices don’t show up on your mobile device. You can search by book titles, but you can only search content in books purchased from Google.


If you find that your books do not upload, here are a few things to check. Is your book in a compatible format? Your book must be in EPUB or PDF format. It must not have any DRM. If you ended up with some other format, such as MOBI (Amazon Kindle format without the DRM) you can try converting it using a tool like Calibre.

Do you have too many books? Perish the thought, but Google currently only allows you to upload 1000. You might have to prioritize the documents you want to store in the cloud or figure out some way to juggle them between accounts.

Are you logged into the correct Google account? If you upload a file, and it looks fine but later disappears, you probably uploaded it to the wrong account.

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