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Google Play Books enables user uploads of e-books, documents

The update to Android and iOS will allow users to upload 1,000 PDF and EPUB files that can be synced on the Web and smartphones and tablets.

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Google's Play Books service got an update Wednesday that allows users to upload e-books or other documents to the cloud to create an online library that can be shared with a variety of the devices.

Updates to the Android and iOS versions of the e-reader app will allow users to upload up to 1,000 PDF and EPUB files to their Google Play locker. Files can be uploaded from userss computers or imported from Google Drive, as long as the files are less than 50MB in size.

Once uploaded to the library, the files will be readable on the Web, as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, the Web giant announced Wednesday. The files' page positions, bookmarks, and notes will then be syncable among each desired device, allowing users to continue reading where they left off when they switch devices.

The feature should give Google a leg up on Apple's iBooks apps, which currently don't support user-uploaded content.

Updated at 12:35 a.m. PT to correct that Amazon has a user upload option.