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Your Nexus 7 tablet comes with Google’s own eBook reader app. It has the clever name Play Books, and it can be found on the All Apps screen or in the Google folder on the Home screen.

Begin your reading experience by opening the Play Books app. If you’re prompted to turn on synchronization, touch the Turn On Sync button.

The Play Books app organizes the books into a library and displays them for reading. The library lists any titles you’ve obtained for your Google Books account. Or when you’re returning to the Play Books app after a break, you see the current page of the eBook you were last reading. You can choose either mode from the sidebar.

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Scroll through the library by swiping the screen left or right.

Touch a book in the Play Books app library to open it. If you’ve opened the book previously, you’re returned to the page you last read. Otherwise, the first page you see is the book’s first page.

To begin reading, touch a book to open it. You turn pages by swiping left or right, but probably mostly left. You can also turn pages by touching the far left or right side of the screen.

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The Play Books app also works in a vertical orientation, though when you turn the tablet that way, only one page is shown at a time.

  • If you don’t see a book in the library, touch the Menu icon and choose the Refresh command.

  • To ensure that your reading material is always available, touch the Menu icon and choose the Make Available Offline command. That way, the Nexus 7 doesn’t have to access the Internet to synchronize and download books from the library.

  • To remove a book from the library, long-press the cover and choose the Remove from My Library command. There’s no confirmation: The book is instantly removed.

  • If the onscreen controls disappear, touch the screen to see them again.

  • The Aa button is used to adjust the display. Touching this button displays a palette of options for adjusting the text on the screen and the brightness.

  • To return to the library, touch the Play Books app button in the upper-left corner of the screen or touch the Back icon button.

  • Synchronization allows you to keep copies of your Google Books on all your Android devices as well as on the Google Books website.

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