I love Google Play Books. In fact, outside of Google Keep, the company’s books app is probably my favorite service it offers. Anything related to taking notes or reading is essential in my daily life, and I think Google does a great job of both. Well, mostly. For years now, the Play Books website for your library has been hideous. At least, it was for anyone who preferred the cool Material You designs that were recently taken over.
Literally on January 1, I discussed a A bunch of improvements the web app can make this yearAnd lo and behold, changes are in full swing! The biggest thing I was hoping for was an overhaul of the library interface, and while the Play Store itself received a redesign in Thailand and Korea, your books still redirected to the old version of the site.
Now, just as I had hoped, the PWA of Google Play Books on the web now matches the rest of the The 10th Anniversary of the Play Store RedesignAnd I couldn’t be happier! This means that those of us who previously experienced sluggish Android apps on our Lenovo Chromebook duo or any old device just to read a book or listen to an audiobook won’t have this problem anymore as now we can just load the browser and access it!
While we don’t have the nice carousel of recently read books at the top like the Android app does, and your shelves are left aligned instead of a separate top navigation, the mobile app’s clean and cool look with rounded corners and drop shadows is now front and center . For those wondering what problem I’m complaining about, take a look at the old version of the library below.
The experience for reading and listening to your content has been improved and made to look great over a year ago, so it’s great to keep track of your entire user experience now. Oh, and you no longer have to click the little arrow at the bottom of the book you’re reading to go to the next page, swiping will simulate page rotation (albeit not without the paper animation) just like it does on a phone.
With Google Keep, News, Cursive, YouTube, and Play Books now not only available, but enough alternatives to Android apps on ChromeOS, I went ahead and removed the Play Store itself from the Duet to save RAM and storage. Using it is now very smooth for reading books and taking notes, and I’ll rest easy tonight knowing I don’t necessarily need to upgrade my Chromebook tablet just yet. Now, if we can get the Play Books icon for the PWA instead of the general store image, the redesign will be completed.
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