Review from JD McCay
Best option for ebooks Play books stays in sync beautifully, has an excellent selection, works on multiple devices (including eink readers that use adobe... i.e. every single one except kindle) and now has as close to natural sounding read-aloud as you are going to find out there. Can't pass it up IMO
The app itself is very good as well as the books. Unfortunately, the biggest downside is a massive disadvantage, that you cannot yet download the books to the sd card. This means the app will drink up your internal storage thereby limiting me to just one book, which may at some stage need to be uninstalled because of the storage issue. The app itself is smooth to operate and excellent realism to the actual book with the added bonus to zoom in on pages. I also love the night mode it has too!
It's close but it's not keeping up. Why would I buy books from Google when they don't improve their app? Makes me think they're not committed to the service. I love the Drive integration for notes and highlights. But selecting text is cumbersome. And especially so if you're trying to get text over two pages. Resizing the text doesn't work like you would expect. Dictionary definitions get in the way of selection. It's like it's stuck in 2013.
My phone was freezing up when I started to read aloud a book. My problem was fixed by turning off the lock screen. But now my phone is always exposed because I use this app too frequently to have any issues with it. My problem is resolved but no thanks to Google. I still cant make the other voices in a voice set work for reading aloud a book I still have to listen to the default first voice in a voice set. Now I don't know if it's Google Play Books issue Google text to speech issue. I have reported this problem on both apps but still it isn't fixed. It has been over a year.
Awesome! Just one note...there are lots of words that the dictionary doesn't provide a definition for, although I am sure they are frequent words that must be in every dictionary. I guess there is a bug because I encountered a word twice and once it gave me the meaning while the other time it did not.
Bubble tech works remarkably well. In 3 books, I only hat one word order of zooms. Not sure I'll stark using it much, though. The one thing I miss for regular books, in comparison to the kindle app or moon reader, is the small “[xx] minutes left in chapter/book“ and the percentage (how far I am in the book).
Don't want enable disable options. Please allow us to uninstall. I don't want this stupid app in my phone. You call your OS an OPENSOURCE but still push your dumb apps on us throw your OS.
You can now use your stylus to highlight and select text while reading.
Stability and performance improvements.