Google Play Books is slowly getting a new update 3.1.17 and this update will offer a brand new and much-needed feature – the option to upload books directly from your Android device. What this means is that instead of reading books which are only available from Google Play Store, you can manually upload any PDF or EPUB book and read it on Google Play Books app.

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This feature was previously only available for the web version, where you needed to go to Google’s website to upload books, but no more do you need to do that. Thankfully, the process has become more easy and convenient if you’ve got any books lying on in your device.

To get this new feature, the first thing that you’ll need to do is to download and install the new Play Books app on your Android device. If you’ve received the 3.1.17 update then you’re good to go, however, if you haven’t received this update, then download a copy of this app from here, courtesy of Android Police.

After you download the APK file, locate it in your Downloads folder or use a file manager app and launch the APK. Before you install it, you should have enabled “installation from unknown sources” from Settings > Security.

Once you’ve installed the newest version, here’s how you can upload the book to Play Books app.

How to manually upload books to Play Books app

Locate the PDF or EPUB file on your device using a file manager app, or from Downloads (or from My Files), depending on your device and then tap on it. There will be an option to “Upload to Play Books.” Tap on this option.

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On the second screen, you’ll get a dialog box informing you that uploading may take a few minutes. Tap on “Got it.”

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That’s how you can easily upload any book in EPUB and PDF format to Google Play Books app, and all this without using your computer. Enjoy your newly added book in the Play Books app!