Saturday, July 21, 2012

How to import epub book to Google Books

I have put some books in .epub format on my Nexus 7 tablet. I really like the smooth interface of Google books app and want to read my epub books within it. But I can't figure out how to import them to my library.

No, you can't. Google Books doesn't allows you read anything which isn't from google play store and no method to do. You just need to use a reader application, such as Aldiko or Cool Reader. Then import to the app for reading.

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  1. Seriously? Google you SUCK!

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  2. not true.
    You can download your ebooks to the "downloads" folder, install Astro - so you'll be able to browse your folders and install an e-reader (there are plenty, I use "Cool reader", and you're good to go.

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  3. So that's not importing to Google Books then is it? Duh!

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  4. I believe the idea is sideloading. Unfortunately, most platforms (B&N, Amazon, etc) don't let you import ebooks from other sources to your library. And why should they? What you're talking about is essentially using their storage space to store ebooks that may have been purchased from a competitor or even pirated. They don't want the risk, so they let you "sideload", but don't let you truly import. While I hope Google does implement this, for now it's not gonna happen. I'd blame the publishers first.

    Also, storing in Dropbox might be a good idea, no need to root/search through filesystems, and you always have your ebooks handy on any Android device. Heck, it'll even work on iOS, other computers, etc. Sounds good? :)I believe the idea is sideloading. Unfortunately, most platforms (B&N, Amazon, etc) don't let you import ebooks from other sources to your library. And why should they? What you're talking about is essentially using their storage space to store ebooks that may have been purchased from a competitor or even pirated. They don't want the risk, so they let you "sideload", but don't let you truly import. While I hope Google does implement this, for now it's not gonna happen. I'd blame the publishers first.

    Also, storing in Dropbox might be a good idea, no need to root/search through filesystems, and you always have your ebooks handy on any Android device. Heck, it'll even work on iOS, other computers, etc. Sounds good? :)

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    1. uh why did you just repeat yourself over and over again? =/

      And I don't see why Google won't allow it either. They allowed side loading of music for their Play Music service.

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    2. You can load epub to BN Nook. They just go into my document folder instead of library.

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  5. Isaiah,
    Thanks for setting me straight on the fact that most e-readers from the majors do not allow importing epubs (even of their own original books from other formats). The DRM protections are more trouble than they are worth. CoolReader had the nice page turning animation similar to Google Play Book reader (and that is what I was looking for) so I settled on that one and am very happy with it.

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