Last week, Google rolled out a huge update to Google Play Books that included support for uploading PDF and EPUB files. When the latest update, version 3.1.23, began rolling out, we tested it and noticed that PDF uploading was removed. A quick look at the Play Store's description also shows clearly that it was taken out.


Additionally, a comparison of the 3.1.17 and 3.1.23 APKs revealed that the following line of code was removed:

<data android:host="*" android:mimeType="*/*" android:pathPattern=".*\.pdf" android:scheme="file"/>

If you want to upload PDFs into your library, you can still do so via the web interface. We reached out to Google for a statement and were told by a spokesperson that the PDF functionality was indeed removed because it was experimental, but will return soon. We'll be sure to let you know when the functionality is restored.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His daily drivers are a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Omar Feliciano

    Not going to update then. Will wait for next update.

  • Penis Semen

    Hey guyz

  • Ryuuie

    Eh. Not a big deal. You can still do it via the web.

    At least it's not completely removed and you can't even read them on Play Books.

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

      Yeah, but it's puzzling to me that they'd do this. Makes no sense.

      • Ryuuie

        Yeah. Though, I've given up trying to understand anything Google does in their updates. Their changelogs are nonexistent at worse and nonsensical at best.

      • zepfloyd

        A stretch, but perhaps they want people to use quickoffice for PDFs?


    Complaints about piracy is the main reason why PDF uploading is disabled in the newest version of Play Books.

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

      So why is it allowed from the web then?

      • The Motto


    • gsd

      Huh? What kind of sad ass pirate uses Google Books for his piracy?

      Also, just Google "name of book pdf" and Google will point you to the finest pirated links. Google makes ThePirateBay look like its not even trying.

      • impulse101

        You can upload the books you pirate, which you would do EPUB anyway so PDF is irrelevant, and then have the books you bought on Play Books plus the books you pirated. Why wouldn't you want to do this?

    • Dan

      You sir, are full of shit.
      1) Says who? Where's the citation?
      2) If it were true, why would the web version still work?
      3) THE BIG REASON: If Google removes a feature because they're trying to prevent me from uploading copyright material to a server location which is only accessible to me, then any lawyer can use that to show that Google is responsible for policing every document on my Google Drive for copyright infringement.

      So, yeah. Bullshit.

  • Dan

    You spelled it wrong. Should be:
    "Last week, Google Trolled out a huge update..."

  • rfgenerator

    Google giveth, and Google taketh away...