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Users with great big ebooks have reason to celebrate today – Google has doubled the file size limit for Google Books uploads to 100MB. The change came with little fanfare, just a small update on the Google Books support page listing the new limit as 100MB per file.

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Most books are, of course, nowhere near that large, but you can add any non-DRM'd PDF or EPUB file to Google Books. Files can be added on the web or from Android, just remember the 1000 file limit. That's reasonably generous for a free service, right?

[Google Support]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Whyzor

    Free until you depend on it, and then they cancel the service like Google Reader...

    • Samuel Hart

      Wow, blast from the past!

      • Whyzor

        What might this be in reference to?

        • Floss

          Probably to the fact that you are still crying about Reader

          • Whyzor

            Are you still in High school? I've moved on to feedly, thanks for your concern though.

        • Samuel Hart

          Yeah, basically what Floss said. Your butthurt is being cultivated nicely though, should make a rather nice garden one day!

          • Whyzor

            And you must be still in middle school, ganging up with your big bro Floss.

          • Samuel Hart

            Heh, well I'm not sure where the whole "big bro" and "middle school" thing came from, but I can see we're done here. Have a nice day :)

    • Pratik Holla

      Every book that you buy from the play store gets added here. So I don't see it going away anytime soon. Drive isnt exactly great for reading long .epub books.

      • Whyzor

        I mean store it on Drive, but read it with another full-functioning eReader like Moon Reader that has way more features than Google Books app anyway.

        • Hector Diaz

          Google play books is way better than moon reader and aldiko.

          • Hans Pedersen

            Yeah, Play Books is actually the only e-reader I can stand using on my GS4.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Yeah I also remember the time they canceled YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, and who could forget when they remotely wiped all Android phones and said "You're on your own now, fuckers?" Google closes LITERALLY EVERYTHING. Not like Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, or any of the other companies on the internet that are still, to this day, running every single service they ever started because they are good people with hearts full of love that would never intentionally try to piss off users just to watch them squirm like Google does.

      Seriously, get over it. If you don't feel comfortable using a service because you're worried it's going to disappear, fine. You're entitled to do that. But don't act like Google closing Reader suddenly changed how the game works. Every internet service you've ever known and loved runs the risk of being shut down or dramatically changed without any warning whatsoever. Hell, if it doesn't the whole tech community starts getting pissy (just ask Apple whose perfectly functional operating system was widely criticized for being "stale", like that's even a fucking thing that matters).

      Really guys, hop off the Google Closed Reader train. It's derelict, rusty, and it's going nowhere. Plus I'm pretty sure a hobo puked on it. Gross.

      • Dennis Ulijn

        wow, best rant ever.

      • Whyzor

        You're making way more assumptions from my post in order to justify that rant. Kudos to you.

    • thermoplastics

      Kindle also has one of the worst eReader apps on Android. No immersive mode, no built in screen dimmer that lets you go below the system wide dimness, no font options at all, no text justification and no text justification w/ hyphenation. The very few line spacing and margin size options that are offered are complete garbage as only the smallest margin with smallest line spacing options are usable.

      Just look at how much space is wasted with the Kindle app (smallest margin w/ smallest line spacing) not to mention how bright. http://i.imgur.com/QOQvP3s.png

      Now look at how Google Books utilizes it's screen space and notice how dim it can get with it's built in screen dimness filter. http://i.imgur.com/jbDxltV.png

      • mrjayviper

        as a one-stop shop, amazon bookstore can't be beat.

      • Andrew Bowman

        Actually, nothing you just said about the Kindle app is objectively true. You can set the brightness to match your system setting, there are several font options, you absolutely can upload your own books (just like you've been able to do since the Kindle 2) and the rest is all a matter of your personal preference.

        I personally prefer Amazon's functionality (searchability, note-taking, shareability, etc) to Google's form.

        Also: Google doesn't allow you to upload any ebook you want. Its has to be epub or pdf (not a big deal), and it has to be under the filesize limit (a big deal for those of us who like comic book anthologies).

    • Antonia Noël

      I want to be able to use Google Play Books because I can add notes and get definitions just by highlighting words, etc. I can't do that with the kindle app. Unfortunately, it's all a moot point because my nursing textbooks are all way more than 100mb's each.

  • Raymond Berger

    This is awesome! Now I can finally upload some of my textbooks.

    • Matthew Fry

      I'd hazard a guess that that was a motivation for increasing the file size limit.

    • Thomas Dybdahl Ahle

      They just need to enable search in uploaded books as well. It feels strange having to go to the index of an ebook!

  • Trysta

    I love this service so much! I used to be a die-hard kindle user who only ever bought from amazon but the Google play books app on android is 1000x better than the kindle app. Having books I get from other sources (mostly my old kindle books) and books I buy from Google play treated basically the same is fantastic! I no longer purchase amazon ebooks at all.

  • ewq

    Great. Ofcourse it would be far more useful if Google doubled the number of countries Books was available in.

  • Jalok Xlem

    Nice! Although Google Books still lacks the support for cbr files. :( I want to sync my digital comics. Whatever. I could still use my MoonReader+ It has a lot more options.

    • yo

      ComicRack is what id recommend for cbr files. Its what i use.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I need cbr/cbz support please!

  • Linda Mitchell

    I wish they would add mobi file support.

  • Zimmerman

    This is one of the best Google features ever

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