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Google Play Books Alternatives

Google Play Books is described as 'lets you search, preview, and buy millions of books using Google Book Search. Books in the public domain and certain copyrighted books can be read and downloaded in their entirety for free' and is a very popular app in the news & books category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Google Play Books for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Android, iPhone, iPad and Android Tablet. The best alternative is calibre, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Google Play Books are Project Gutenberg, Amazon Kindle, ReadEra and Apple Books.

Google Play Books alternatives are mainly eBook Readers but may also be eBook Libraries or PDF Readers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Google Play Books.
This page was last updated May 16, 2022
  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Online
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Chrome OS
  • Android Tablet
  • iPad

Google Play Books lets you search, preview, and buy millions of books using Google Book Search. Books in the public domain...

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  1. Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application made by users, for users. Many languages, designed around the concept of the logical book, i.e., a single entry in your library that may correspond to actual e-book files in several formats.

    Most users think calibre is a great alternative to Google Play Books.
  2. Project Gutenberg

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.



  3. Amazon Kindle

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad

    Amazon Kindle software lets you read ebooks on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and Android-based device. You can discover and read over 630,000 books in the Kindle Store, including the latest bestsellers and new releases.

    Amazon Kindle vs Google Play Books opinions
    Some users think Amazon Kindle is a great alternative to Google Play Books, some don't.

    Not that significant but it's very old looking. Google is much smoother and easier to use

    Negative comment about 5 years ago
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  4. Read book files in EPUB, PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT, DJVU, FB2, MOBI and CHM formats. Supports chapters, bookmarks, page style. Saves the current reading position. Automatic detection and display of the list of all supported documents on your device.

    ReadEra vs Google Play Books opinions
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    It is the closest match without having to pay for all it offers.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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  5. Apple Books is the single destination for all the books you love, and the ones you’re about to. Browse the Book Store, join Oprah’s new Book Club, keep track of what you’ve read and want to read, and listen to enthralling audiobooks. All in one place.

    Apple Books vs Google Play Books opinions
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    Can't access my Google library on it.

    Negative comment almost 7 years ago
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    On iphone, it's just perfect.

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  6. Open Library

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    One web page for every book ever published. It's a lofty but achievable goal.

  7. Scribd

    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Waze

    Scribd is a social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents.

  8. EPUBReader

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox

    EPUBReader is a Firefox and Chrome addon which lets you read ePub-files just in the browser. You don't need to install additional software!

  9. Calibre Web

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Self-Hosted

    Calibre Web is a web app providing a clean interface for browsing, reading and downloading eBooks using an existing Calibre database.

  10. Freebook Sifter

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Freebook Sifter lists free eBooks from various sources. They update the list daily and you can find free eBooks from Amazon sites around the world, Kobo, Nook, Project Gutenberg.

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