Google Play Books has been my favorite eBook reader for many years now, but it’s part of the experience that has always been with me – organizing my library. But that is changing, as a feature from the iOS version of the app is finally making its way to Android.
If you are an Android user, sorting your books and comics has been a painful experience, since you only have three options: recently added, title and author. This has been a bugbear of mine for a long time, as none of these are particularly useful for organizing large libraries and various collections. For example, some of the book series that I read as Star Wars: Legacy of The Force is written by several authors and contains books with different titles. No existing sorting or filtering methods work in this case.
I do not have this on Android yet, but it should look like the iPad version above
Fortunately, Google has just announced some changes for Play Books that address this. Custom shelves, which have been available to iOS (and web) users for quite some time now, solve the problem by letting you create a custom shelf and add the books you need in the order you want. Like a real library, they let you bundle related books and series together using whatever logic you prefer, so you always have a quick way to find them, even if you forgot your title or author.
In addition, Google says that you can now search for books based on language, and the app will send alerts if a book you have sampled or have on your wish list is sold.
Overall, this is a solid update for Play Books, and I look forward to these features coming live for users.