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Yes, yes, we know: Google takes its sweet time in getting all the various parts of the Play Store rolled out to all corners of the globe. This evening (or morning, I suppose) they've expanded the Google Play Books service to South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey. Android and Chrome users in these countries should be able to buy and read books right now.

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Today's update brings Google Play Books to 39 countries, mostly in North America, Europe, and Asia - in fact, South Africa is the first country on the continent to get access to the service. This compares pretty poorly to Amazon, which sells its Kindle e-readers and ebooks in more than 170 counties as of late 2013. Play Books is still the most widely-available Play service after paid apps; music is available in 21 countries, movies are available in 13 (with only three having access to paid TV shows), and magazines are available in just four.

Keep in mind that ebook selection and pricing will differ from country to country, as you can see above. You can thank international rights licenses for that, as well as the generally slow rollout of copyrighted works in general. Customers in South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey should be able to access their books via the Google Play Books app as of now.


Source: Google Play Support

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • berkan

    Great news, i have been waiting.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    God damn, finally. Now all I need is Google Play Music for Turkey.

    • Devi

      Ask for a friend in USA to buy it for you. Visited USA five months ago, bought it, still using it in Turkey without any problems.

  • trolololol

    lol too bad people in africa can't read

    • Rainy Sky

      really uncalled for...

    • usaff22

      Is your life really this sad?

    • cubenate

      you talking nonsense,

  • Nevi_me

    I'm in South Africa, this just made my morning. Now all I want is Google Music so I can stop giving Apple my money :)

    • Vishen

      Yeah I'm hoping this is a sign of more to come for us! Music, movies, devices! Who knows

    • Laurence

      Woohoo! Another South African fan here. I'm so glad that Google hasn't forgotten our country exists. The last time anything changed on the Play Store was when we got paid apps, and that was a *long* time ago.

      Now, er, hopefully will add some services that I actually want to use. How about Play Music All Access? And of course, the holy grail... Google Play Devices. Now that will be a day worth celebrating.

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      • Nevi_me

        I've had All Access since it landed, if you really want it you just VPN to the US and activate it. If they bring Music and their pricing us competitive with iTunes, Google can take my money.

        • Laurence

          How do you pay for it? Don't you need a US credit card?

          • Nevi_me

            I have 3 Google accounts, one has access to all Play Services in the US, and my primary account is South African. To activate All Access, VPN into the US, log in to music.google.com, and when entering card details, just find some random US address and use that. Worked for me and many other people.

  • Bongani Andy Mabaso

    Wow finally available in South Africa! Been waiting for this!

    Next up Google: movies, shows, music, devices...

    There's life outside of the US!

  • briankariu

    Google books? Please, we have been making due with aldiko. Plus aldiko allows me to import my own books

  • Aegeuss

    There's a small problem, purchasing books in Turkey is still forbidden with a message something like "the item you are trying to buy is not available in your region" and the payment options are greyed out. I should also add prices are quite high too. Nevertheless this is a good step, let's wait for the rest.

    • Toby van Reenen

      Try restarting your device. I had a similar problem on first attempt

  • Tiago Serodio

    Nice, but I'm still waiting for Google to sell their devices online here in South Africa :P I really want a nexus 5

    • Toby van Reenen

      You could get the whole range of Nexus devices from Dion wired. They're quite well priced too.

      • Bongani Sithole

        They already selling ? Can't find nexus on their website yet ... Just checked ...

        • Toby van Reenen

          Can't speak as of today and they generally don't have get latest devices ASAP. Just pop into the store and check it out.
          Incredible Connection also sell the Nexus 7.

          • Bongani Sithole

            Nexus 7 yes everybody sells that.

            But nexus 4 ...nope ...

            I got mine at Cacell.co.za

          • Tiago Serodio

            Just checked out cacell.co.za . I find the price of the nexus 4 quite expensive there considering its price overseas.

          • Bongani Sithole

            Very expensive I paid 5500ZAR roughly 500US for 8Gigs ...

          • Tiago Serodio

            Yeah we know incredible connection stocks the nexus 7, the nexus phones are harder to come by though.

    • ujujujus

      you should get eating first than nexuses.

      • Tiago Serodio


        • ujujujus

          fuck you. you african are starving.

          • Tiago Serodio

            And now we go to insults? Nice to see how you deal with conflict :P

          • ujujujus

            no. you, r, son of a bitch

          • Tiago Serodio

            Lol, please go learn English. I understand if it's not your first language but don't try to insult people in a language you are not proficient in.

          • ujujujus

            u mad nigga?

  • Jason Peter Green

    I'm in South Africa and I get "Unsupported Country: You can't purchase books in your country at this time". So... yeah.

  • Jason Peter Green

    But it somehow seems to have signed in anyway now

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Gotta love Disqus closing your tags.

  • The_16th_Doctor

    woohooo, Turkey. I mean I live in the States so I already have all this, but Im just as glad

  • some_guy

    Finally available in SA yay!!!! Now all we need is Google Music and Devices then we're all set.

    • Bongani Sithole

      I can't wait for devices ... Maybe its the icasa guys holding us back...

      • Toby van Reenen

        again... Walmart is bringing Nexus devices in through Dion Wired.

        • Bongani Sithole

          Oh that will be cool ... I hope the prices won't be too inflated ...

  • s427

    I'm in Switzerland and noticed that this morning. Big disappointment though: language is set to German and you can't change it. Same for Play Music introduced a few months ago (which includes audio books).

    For those who don't know, there are four national languages in Switzerland. Mine is French, not German, and it's really annoying to be *consistently* treated like second-rate citizens by Google who doesn't seem to care about other languages than German here. :-(

    • sw123

      to be fair, we german swiss treat anyone else like second-rate citizens too ;-)

      • s427

        To be what? ;-)

      • s427

        Yeah I know... But Google is supposed to NOT be evil. ^^

  • Bluewall

    Thanks Google for thinking we all speak german in Switzerland...

    The top free books are ALL in german.

    • s427

      No language options to be found anywhere. Can't filter the search results on a language basis. The detailed infos page for a book doesn't even mention what language it's written in. Unbelievable.

  • cubenate

    Here you go, it works for me..

  • ivan

    YEAHHH! Still no Bulgaria.. No books, no music, no movies... FUCK YOU GOOGLE!

  • Mkvarner

    No love for Norway :(

  • etheri0n

    Just around the corner now, please release it for Bulgaria

  • Bongani Sithole

    Nexus 4 South Africa ...working ...

  • Nicklas

    Swede here, just wanted to check in to say we're still waiting as well! :)

  • Francois

    Google Play Gift Cards for SA please google!

  • FL-Studio

    hey people is google play all access ever going to live in turkey ?