Google Play Books Beta Feature: Allows Users to Create Personalised Shelves

While the feeling of a proper paperback or a hardcover text may be difficult to beat, services like iBooks, Kindle and Google Play Books have made it a tough choice in the universal decision. Perhaps the age of digitisation would continue to take its toll on the print media. Thus, these aforementioned services continue to grow and evolve in order to provide better features to the reader.

Google has lately been revamping its entire Google Play Native apps, for its upcoming Android Q update. From basic aesthetic changes to introducing new and innovative features, Google is going head-on with its native apps. According to a recent report by 9to5Google, Google has added beta functionality of sorts to its Play Books app.

Developers add beta functions to apps in order to test future features and improvements. Google has done just this with its updated Google Play Books app. According to the news report, Google is to add a “Beta Features” to the web app. Restricted only to the web app for now. These features, although simple, are architectured to introduce users to easy functionality.

There are three new additions currently available. Firstly, it is the custom editing of the titles. Previously users could only stack their downloads by name or date of download. The new option gives users full liberty to organise their shelf the way they would want to. Users can create their custom shelves with different titles, genres, allowing a more library-like touch to the whole user experience.

These new features may be turned on and or off and allow users to send feedback regarding the beta functionality

Secondly, there are features regarding the sorting of titles according to author or price. This makes easier to have the titles in an orderly manner. This further extends titles which have not been completely finished to be added to the “Ready to Read” shelf.

While these features may not seem so compelling, they do add convenience to the user. Perhaps the goal for all these services is to achieve a natural feeling library of books, making it easier for users to transition to the digital age.


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