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Google Expands Play Books to 9 More Countries

January 13, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Google products aren’t available everywhere. In fact, most products start off in the US and then make their way over to parts of Europe. For instance, Google Play Music was once a US-only product, but it’s now available in a slew of countries. Google Play Books has now opened up to 9 more countries in the middle east. So for those of you in Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Google Play Books is now available to all of you, at least according to the updated support page for Google Play Books. Many of these middle eastern countries still don’t have Google Play Movies & TV, hopefully those will be on the way shortly.

In these countries, Google is not only offering English books, but also Arabic books, since that is what the majority of these countries speak besides English, that shouldn’t be a huge surprise really. So now those in the United Arab Emirates and these eight other countries can start filling up their library with all sorts of books, which you can read anywhere, especially with offline access available.

Another feature that’s popping up in these countries along with Google Play Books, is the ability to upload PDF’s and ePub’s. There’s also word of some weird translation going on right now for Google Play Books. That will likely be straightened out pretty quickly though, as it appears Google have just flipped the switch for Play Books in these countries.

Reading books on your mobile device -whether that be a tablet or a smartphone – can be very convenient. Especially if you’re one that has to take a subway ride to work and to get home each and every day. The Play Books team has been working to make the experience of reading on your smartphone or tablet better than before, and now those in Egypt and the other eight countries here will be able to experience that as well. Although they have had other services for digital books available already. Amazon recently brought their Kindle devices on over to the UAE and other middle eastern countries as well.