Google (s GOOG) is rolling out new features for its Google Play Books Android app (formerly known as Google eBooks). The new features aren’t mindblowing, but may just be a starting point for how Google plans to integrate various web functions into ebooks.
Here are the changes, limited to the Android version of the app for now:
- Highlighting and notes: Users can now highlight text and take notes. As with Kindle (s amzn) highlights and annotations, Google ebook highlights and notes are stored in the cloud and sync across devices.
- Dictionary definitions and geographic info: Tap on a place to pull up a Google map and more info from Google and Wikipedia, or tap on a word to get its definition.
- Translation: Translate words and phrases (but not entire books). Kindle Touch also has this feature.
- Ability to read Japanese books from right to left.