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Google Play Books gets an Android punch-up

Google's official e-book app now lets you upload titles from your mobile device, plus there's a tweaked user interface and other handy new options.

Google Play Books (Android) now lets users upload e-books from mobile devices. Google

Heads up, bookworms: the Google Play Books app for Android has received a noteworthy update.

An enhanced version of Google's official e-reader app has started rolling out this week, bringing some nifty new features.

Key among the changes is the capability to upload files directly from a phone or tablet. As some know, this was previously only available for the desktop Play Books experience. It's worth noting, however, that uploading only applies to EPUB and PDF files.

Additionally, the app now lets readers open up any e-book in landscape mode. This is surely welcome news to tablet owners who were occasionally forced to turn the device on end to read books via Google's service.

As one might expect there are other, smaller details included in the update: faster performance, more brightness settings, and overall change to highlights and notes.

If you're a fervent Google Books user, jump into the comments to let us know what you like most about the update.