July 21, 2015 Last Updated 12:11 pm

Google updates Google Play Books iOS, new default font, but users say they cannot access their books

The search giant Google updated its iOS app for Google Play Books today, introducing a new default font it calls Literata (how cute).

GoogleBooks-featureIt would be nice to provide screen shots of the new font, as well as any other changes made in the app, but I found the app totally unresponsive, and any books inside the app’s library missing in action. I’m not the only one, users have been complaining about the app for a while.

“Every time I open the app the custom books that I’ve uploaded and then downloaded to the device forces a redownload,” one user wrote in iTunes. Another simply says “This app is trash and needs immedaite attention to this bug.”

Well, if you own an iPad or iPhone I don’t really get why you’d bother with Google Play Books to begin with, not with both iBooks and the Kindle reading app available. Oh well.

In any case, here is the app description for the update:

What’s New in Version 2.5

  • Read Now has a new look
  • A new default font, Literata, designed for book lovers
  • Sync notes and highlights to Google Drive – turn it on in Settings
  • Left-alignment is now available as a display option
  • Stability and performance enhancements
  • Nate 3 years ago

    I’m not having any issue with uploaded ebooks.

    • D.B. Hebbard 3 years ago

      My books came back, as well, but it took two hours. I think the issue was Google’s server for the app.