by Joe White
September 8, 2011
The Google Books iOS app (which was removed from the App Store due to in-app purchasing issues, and then reappeared soon after) has recently received an update. Now, the e-book reading application allows users to manage the contents of their digital library, and the formatting of e-books is much improved. Furthermore, the latest version of Google Books also boasts new accessibility features. As outlined in the app's release notes, changes made in this version of Google Books include:
Our latest release adds library management, improved book formatting, and accessibility features. It is also faster, and fixes a number of minor bugs. You can now archive free and paid ebooks and remove samples from your library when you’re done reading them using the new “manage” button. We have also improved how we display and format ebooks with flowing text.While some users of the application have reported that Google Books crashes following the update, it would appear that these users are running a version of iOS 5 on their iOS device. Remember, developers usually don't add support for beta versions of upcoming iOS software updates until the Gold Master edition has been released. In short, if you're running iOS 5, avoid this update. And if you encounter the issue on iOS 4.x, let us know in the comments. Currently, Google Books is available to download for free in the App Store, and is compatible with all of Apple's iOS devices.