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Google Books (or Google Play) is Google’s answer to an ebook reader for Android. After enabling Sync it takes a moment for the main screen to appear but when it does, it looks very fancy. If you have multiple books stored on your device it displays them as little books (with drop shadows) that move and scroll when you slide your finger over them. I opened up Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (horizontally) and I’m presented with a clean crisp 2 page display that has that neat page turning animation you can find on some ebook readers and apps. I can flip pages forwards and backwards and the images are clear too. Turning my device vertically, the two pages become one but still the page flipping animation works and the text and images are sharp. So back to horizontal.When you tap on a page, at the bottom of the screen it tells you what chapter you are on and at the top it tells you the name of the book and the author. To the right of that are 3 icons. Search (magnifying glass), Chapter list, and Font.Search allows you to search in the book and when you click on the magnifying glass, the keyboard appears at the bottom of the screen allowing you to type whatever you are looking for.Chapter, after a microsecond delay, will take you to the chapter you want.Font, apart from what you think is the obvious, does something more besides. First is Theme. By default it is set to Day, i.e. black text on white background, but if you choose Night, then it reverses to white text on a black background.Next we have Typeface which allows you to choose 1 of 6 installed fonts.After that comes Text Alignment which allows you to choose the Default setting (normal I suppose) Left or Justify. I like Justify. Force of habit.Now after that comes Brightness which is set to Auto as default but allows you to move a slider up or down to set your own preference. Useful if you are in bright sunlight or a dark space.That’s followed by Line Height which increases or decreases the space between lines.And last, but by no means least, we have Font Size. Self explanatory really. Then when you are finished, tap anywhere on the screen and the icons disappear just leaving the page (pages) you are reading.There are some other options too. Original pages defaults the book you are reading to the format of the original book rather than using Google’s own format. Basically, if you have a book and the font is poor, Google will recognise the book and will show you it in a clean way. Original pages shows it how it originally looks. I prefer Google’s way for Alice and that’s achieved by tapping on Flowing text.Google Books gives you another option called Share. This allows you to share the book, your thoughts and feelings, life the universe and everything, to a bunch of different social networking sites including Facebook, Skype, and Twitter. There is also an Available offline option and a really good Help too. Then there is the Read Aloud. Yes, you’ve guessed it. The Star Trek computer with a stutter is back. Don’t get me wrong. For those who have problems reading, then it is a good alternative but after I listened to it reading for 10 minutes, I wanted to drown myself.Overall it is a very good ebook reader and I like it a lot. I’m not overly keen on the Read Aloud function but each to their own. It’s definately up there as one to have. From this screen, by pressing the options button on your device, a menu appears at the bottom of the screen (I am looking at my screen in landscape/horizontally). So, a quick run through the labeled icons.First is Library. When you tap on Library a list menu appears that reads from top to bottom as follows: Favorites, Recent, By author, By title, By tag and File tree. All these options are, as you see, self-explanatory and when you do click on any of them, any books you have stored on your device or external storage are displayed with both author and title.

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