Can I Upload My Own Files to Google Play Books?

Most of you probably know that Google Play Books is one of the largest digital distributions for eBooks and audiobooks selling. If you purchase an eBook from Google Play Books, you can always read it on the web and the Google Play Books app. But do you know that Google Play Books also allows you to upload your own books, so that you can read them just like the paid books, the important messages such as page position and annotations can be synced via the cloud.

This feature is totally free. It just has some limitations:

  • Media type limit: Only eBooks. Your own audio files can’t be uploaded to Google Play Books.
  • File format limit: PDF, EPUB.
  • Amount limit: Can’t exceed 1,000 eBooks.
  • Single file size limit: Up to 100MB.

Next is a guide on how to upload a book to Google Play Books, as well as some troubleshooting suggestions.

How to Add eBooks or Files to Google Play Books

Step 1. Visit Google Play Books Uploads

Click this link, it will direct you to Google Play Books Uploads. On the interface, press the “Upload files” button.

Google Play Books Uploads Interface

Step 2. Select a File to Upload (or Bulk Upload Files)

Drag your EPUB or PDF eBooks to the upload box. Google Play Books only gives EPUB and PDF files the “green light”. If you upload a file in other formats, it will show “Server rejected”.

Google Play Books supports selecting files from your computer devices, your Google Drive “My Drive”, and the Google Drive files that had been shared with you.

Select EPUB PDF Files to Upload to Google Play Books

Step 3. Read the Books Anywhere

It may take a while to complete the upload process. After the book is successfully uploaded to the cloud, you can click the cover to open it and read it on the web. If you want to upload more books, you can click on the “Upload files” button.

Your Own Files or eBooks are successfully uploaded to Google Play Books

Tap the ellipsis of the uploaded book, there are five options, “Read”, “Mark Finished”, “Delete uploaded book”, “Edit shelves”, and “Export”. You can think of it as a way to back up your digital books.

Settings of Google Play Books Uploaded Book

If you open the Google Play Books app on your mobile phone, you can see the books that have been uploaded after several seconds or minutes, depending on the eBook size and network connection.

Read the Uploaded Books on Google Play Books iPhone App

Your notes, bookmarks, and page position will be synced between devices, which make Google Play Books a convenient app for managing eBook in one place and reading the books anywhere.

Troubleshooting Suggestions

  • “Processing failed”

The book has DRM protection or it’s broken. Books that come from other distributions are very likely to be DRM-protected and can only be opened via specific apps. If you indeed want to upload those books to Google Play, you can consider Epubor Ultimate. It’s a solid tool for removing DRM of Amazon Kindle, Kobo, NOOK, Google Play Books, Adobe, and doing the eBook conversion.
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  • “Server rejected”

Make sure the file you upload is a PDF or EPUB eBook.

  • Can’t see the uploaded books on the Google Play Books app

Make sure you are under the same Google account. If you are, please wait till by and by.

Leave the comment below if you have any queries, and we will try our best to answer.


Susanna is the content manager and writer of Filelem. She has been an experienced editor and book layout designer for many years, and interested in trying and testing various productivity software. She is also a huge fan of Kindle, who has been using Kindle Touch for nearly 7 years and carrying Kindle almost wherever she goes. Not long ago the device was at the end of its life so Susanna happily bought a Kindle Oasis.

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