Google Play Books' first beta includes a Custom Shelf setting

Google Play Books now has Beta Features. (Source: Google)
Google Play Books now has Beta Features. (Source: Google)
For the first time in history, Google has prepared a beta for Play Books. One of its first additions is the option to create Custom Shelves. This, according to lead engineer Dan Kimberg, is a hotly-requested feature for this app.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Google has released a beta version of its Play Books app for the first time. This interesting new update confers some novel features compared to its normal counterpart. It has been implemented by Dan Kimberg, a software engineer who has recently moved to this subdivision of the Play Store ecosystem.

Kimberg asserts that the new beta has been developed with feature requests submitted by users (himself included) in mind. To date, the most prominent of these is the option to set up customized shelves within a library. The Play Books Beta has also reportedly made searching for books faster, and also allows for sorting according to criteria like author, title, price or last opened.

It also now has a Ready to Read shelf, on which unfinished e-books are found. A user can switch to this new beta stream by visiting while signed into their Google account, going into the Settings on this page and activating "Beta Features".


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-08-17 (Update: 2019-08-17)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.