Best Free iPad App of the Week: Google Play Books

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Google Play Books iPad app

Great apps and a huge selection of great apps are a big part of what makes the iPad such an amazing device. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of – from serious productivity to pure entertainment. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Weekposts highlight these apps.

This week’s pick is Google Play Books, the ereader app for the Google Play Book store.

This one may seem like a bit of an odd pick given that I’ve previously picked iBooks as a best free iPad app of the week. Well, you can never have too many good sources for finding a good read as far as I’m concerned – and Google Play Books is another very good source. It offers over 4 million titles.

Of course on the iPad you have to purchase Google Play books via the browser, not directly within the app, due to Apple’s restrictions, but it’s easy enough to do that and just use the Google Play Books app as a reader.

Google Play Books for iPad

One thing that has lead me to spend a lot of time with Google Play Books lately is that I’ve found it’s a much better source for IT and technology books than iBooks. I’ve found tons of good titles for studying for technical certifications and just on techie subjects in general.

Google Play Books offers a nice reading experience and a good number of setting you can adjust to make it a more comfortable according to your own preferences. These include adjusting the font size; changing the font; and day, night, and sepia themes to choose from.


You can read books offline, and archive and restore titles as needed. And of course your library syncs flawlessly across all your iOS and Android devices, and remembers your page positions so you can carry on reading wherever you left off.

Here’s an App Store link for Google Play Books.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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3 thoughts on “Best Free iPad App of the Week: Google Play Books”

  1. the few gPlay books that I’ve bought were just ugly scans with zero functionality or customization. They were cheap, but everything from Google comes at a price.

    1. I’ve bought a large number of titles on Google Play Books and they are all great quality and easy to read and highlight / take notes on etc.

  2. I like this because I use both iOS and Android. The only solution I had before was Amazon Kindle for cross platform. Thanks Google!

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