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Last December, Google Play Books saw an update that allowed users to upload PDF and EPUB files to their libraries from their mobile device (by way of Gmail attachments or downloads). A subsequent update to version 3.1.23, however, removed the ability to add PDFs. At the time, Google confirmed to us that the functionality was removed because it was "experimental," but we were told it would return at some point in the future.

It seems that point has come, as an update to Google Play Books has begun rolling out which brings back the ability to add PDF files from your mobile device, while also moving around some navigation options and of course fixing some bugs. Here's the full change log.

What's New

* Upload PDF or EPUB files to your library. Enable PDF support in Settings, then touch a file in email or Downloads and choose Upload to Play Books.

* Settings and Help have moved to the main navigation menu.

* Performance improvements and bug fixes, including a fix to prevent the screen from sleeping while the app is reading aloud.

As the change log points out, users will need to enable PDF support in Settings before they'll be able to add PDFs from their phone or tablet. If you haven't already, check your devices for the update.

Download

Don't feel like waiting for the update to hit your device? We've got the APK ready for you to download. This APK is signed by Google and will upgrade your existing app. Its cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way.

File name: com.google.android.apps.books-3.1.31.apk

Version: 3.1.31

MD5: 160A21B9CE09D579A2C34FF3431732D4

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • ram

    apk please

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I've added it to the post. Enjoy!

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  • Texas Black

    what about cbr files.......:(

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      ∎∎∎∎ ∎ာ∎∎ ∎∎∎∎ ∎∎∎ ∎၎∎∎ ∎∎∎∎ ∎∎∎Settings and Help have moved to the main navigation menu.

    • Eric Hoch
  • Kevin Mirsky

    Settings is now in the navigation drawer? Interesting considering the current guidelines explicitly say, "Don't put it in the navigation drawer, put it in the action bar!" Could we be seeing a shift in design guidelines?

    I'm going to guess we'll slowly see this happening with the rest of Google's apps.

    • aNYthing6

      Yep, the new Wallet app also does this. Wonder what will happen to the overflow button now.

    • Tony

      I like it, before there was just Read Now, My Library and Shop on that huge hamburger slide out menu, now at least they use some of the space for Settings and Help.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So if I upload a PDF from device X it will be accessible from any other devices through the same account?

    • kesey

      Yes

  • Huton Gergö

    I want reading aloud whit screen off

  • Walkop

    This feature isn't really useful as anything but a syncing tool. It basically uploads your PDF and converts it to a photographic copy of the original, meaning no zooming in and no annotation. I was hoping this update would return the functionality properly, alas not.

    Useless to me, anyway.

  • Me

    When i select the pdf file it automatically takes me to polaris office 5. There is no option to open it in google play books. I tried to clear defaults but theres none set and i even turned the polaris office off. Help! Please :(

  • iMac

    The only negative to the PDF upload is the Max file size limit is only 50mb

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