Today, Google updated its ereading app, Google Play Books, with a handful of new big features. The app now comes with Google Maps integration, translation support, and some advanced annotation tools. If you’ve been thinking about giving Google’s ereading app a try, there’s no better time to do so than now.

With Google Maps integration, Google Play Books will allow you to highlight unfamiliar locations and find out more about them right in the app. An info card with a Google Map will pop up, and you’ll have the option to get even more information by searching Google or Wikipedia. This is great for those reading a book that mentions a lot of foreign geographic locations.

Google also put in translation support, which means if you’re making your way through a book in a different language, you can easily highlight certain words or sentences, and translate them to any number of different languages. Students will no doubt get a kick out of this the next time they’re required to read a foreign book for one of their classes.

There’s also annotation support with today’s update. If you come across a word or a sentence that you find interesting, you can highlight it and come back to it later if need be. You can also take notes in the margins to help you better understand the material in a certain book. The best part is, notes and highlights get saved to the cloud, so they’ll automatically sync with all of your devices.

Google Play Books is a free download and the updated version is available now in the Google Play store. So…when are we getting audio books?

[via SlashGear]


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