Review from David Dickerson
WTF Read Aloud Gone I have wanted this feature for a long time. It reads things a bit to literally saying hyphen and other weird things but overall an awesome addition which might persuade me to actually buy more books. UPDATE: Books that would read aloud now won't read aloud any more Fix or I'll NEVER buy a book from your business!!! Some of the totally free books still read aloud WTF. All or forget it!
December 22, 2012Sorry to hear about this. Note, read aloud is only available for books in flowing text, & when the publisher allows it. Still, please contact us via this support page: http://goo.gl/33zfv if you feel your book should have this option. Also mention you've left a review, with your link (click the link icon right above). -The Google Play Books team
The nicest working reader around. Brilliant page turn animation. The best pop up dictionary action. Good pricing on many titles. Options in text alignment, fonts, font size and line margins. Built-in auto blue-light filter is set and forget! Contra: after using book search and reading the found pages or parts, the resume function disappears if a page is flipped reading the search result.
This is the most intuitive ePub reader and PDF reader there is. Sadly, it's greatness is only on Android. As a user of both Android and Windows out of necessity I yearn for the day when the Windows version becomes even just half as good as the Android version. Please add the option to cross out ePub text for the purpose of replacing a paragraph(s) with the contents of the note.
Great app but I wish you could use the read aloud option whilst in original pages view. That way code examples would be formatted correctly. This could be done by taking the OCR text and it's positions relative to the page. That way you get the best of both worlds. I'd also like to see a discussion forum where people could ask questions and talk about each page or even chapter in the book. That way when reading factual books you could support your own learning by answering other people's questions on the subject you're reading. I don't think any other book app has that last feature. Please add it to your product backlog... it would be super cool!
I'm on my moto G 3 and it's been fine up until recently. Now it crashes on a regular basis and is really slow. Please update. It shouldn't be that hard to fix. I mean, come on. It's just a reading app. This should take no processing power for my phone but instead it's one tough slog and fails randomly while reading. I've restarted the phone, re-inserted the SD-card, and reinstalled the app. Still really slow.
It could be the one and only ebook reader, at least for me. It has so much potential, so many great things! But the killing point for me is that you need to have Internet connection, to OPEN something that's already ON YOUR DEVICE. Not only that, it's "uploaded", so you can download it again just to read. Something that, as I said, was already on your device... Seriously?
Very disappointing. I am reading a technical book with lots of figures, graphs and formulas. None of these is displayed in the Chrome version of the Play Books app rendering the app pretty much useless. The Android version seems to do an adequate job although formula size scaling is off. Come on Google, fix this thing!
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