Google Play Store: New version of the Play Book.

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Google released a new version (v3 3.0.15) of the Play Books apps for android, at 15 October 2013. What is new with this version? Well, now you can choose from millions of titles on Google Play including new releases, New York Times best sellers, up-and-coming authors, and free books. Easily personalize your reading experience, pick up where you left off on your phone, tablet, or computer, and get reading today! Actually the official changelog is:

1) Added the ability to search the text of original-pages books.
2) Added a “see all” shortcut from Read Now to My Library.
3) Stability improvements.

The variety of book formats which you can find in Google play, are books with “flowing text”, books with scanned pages and books that have both of them. Until now (I mean with the previous version 2 (2.9.21)), searching within books that only contain scanned pages was not possible, but we were able to search books with “flowing text”. Well this problem is now fixed and we can search now for books that have only scanned pages like “The Crusaders”, an Original Comedy.

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Also, a See All shortcut was added to the Read Now screen, so that you can jump to the full library without having to pull out the left-side navigation bar. This makes a lot of sense, and there really isn’t much to discuss here other than to acknowledge it.

Last but not least, Google has updated the Google Play Books with textbook rentals.  This actually means that American students can now buy educational titles or rent them for six months, with prices frequently undercutting paper editions. Google has penned deals with major textbook publishing houses to offer both textbook purchases and rentals at deeply discounted rates when compared to traditional paper books. Textbooks rented in Google Play will be available on any device with a Google Play Books app (such as an Android or iOS device), as well as on the web through Google Play.

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You can now head to the Play Store and start checking out books, with many titles offering free samples. You can find bookmarking, annotating and global search which is a lifesaver when you are studying or even when you just want to fill your free time with reading. So, enjoy your reading!

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