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Has anyone been able to take and place an epub book inside the Google Books app or know how to do it?

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I'm glad there's finally a partial work-around, but it DOES NOT ANSWER my question, my question is specifically about side-loading. –  Dennis Jun 1 '13 at 18:51
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As of March 2013, Google Play Books supports third-party ePub or PDF files. You can upload books to your account by visiting https://play.google.com/books/uploads in your web browser (when logged in to your Google account, of course). You are permitted to store up to 1,000 uploaded files on your account at a time, and each file must be no larger than 50 MB in size.

There are also many alternative book reader apps that support ePub files if you would prefer that. Aldiko seems to be very well liked, but I have not used it myself.

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Aldiko is a front-runner. Great little reader app. –  halr9000 Feb 7 '12 at 18:11
Another decent epub reader is Overdrive Media Console. I haven't compared it to others, but it works for me, and it's what my public library uses for some of it's e-book lending. –  Michael Kohne Dec 14 '12 at 16:08
FBReader is a favorite of mine for epubs. –  Compro01 Dec 21 '12 at 21:59
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There's a hint that the situation might change soon: The known issues page for Google Play Books NO LONGER lists "Unable to add non-Google eBooks to My Library" as "Working as intended".

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This has been the most effective long term answer. The books can NOW sync automatically to any device signed in, rather than having to transfer manually.

Best part... its VERY simple!

No rooting, No directory hunts, No failures of figuring out when you locate the respective directory, you need Google's random gobbledygook code...

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What happens when that link no longer works? There is otherwise no useful information in your answer. –  Al E. Nov 14 '13 at 13:32
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