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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Fırat, Aug 14, 2021.

  1. Fırat

    Fırat Lurker
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    I uploaded some .epub files while ago and deleted the original files. Now I can download and read it from Play Books but I need the actual files. Where are they located?
     


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  2. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    File manager, playbooks.android.google it is like backwards always look for the play books first.
     
  3. James_Watson

    James_Watson Android Enthusiast

    Have a try to check the folder as below on your device.
    internal storage/data/data/com.google.android.apps.books/files/accounts/{your google account}/volumes

    But it seems if you want to access your content of your Google Play books on Android device, you need to root your Android device because the folder is a protected system directory.
     
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  4. Hadron

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    Yeah, sadly that's what I'd expect: the corporations like to keep the media you paid for in a place where they control them rather than you. I don't suppose Google allow download of stuff that you uploaded in the first place (i.e. download the file rather than download to Google's app)? It may be a long shot, but I'd make sure there isn't something in the settings, or a way of doing it from their website.

    To be honest, epubs don't take a lot of space so I'd personally have kept a copy anyway. One of my principles with ebooks is that if I paid for them I want a copy I control, which I can load and read on any device I want, rather than letting some corporation (Amazon, Google, Kobo, whoever) control my access to my books.
     
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  5. Fırat

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    I connected my device to see hidden folders but ../com.google.android.apps.books/files folder is empty.
     
  6. Fırat

    Fırat Lurker
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    There is no playbooks.android.google folder but there is a ../android/data/com.google.android.apps.books folder which is empty.
     
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  7. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    I meant as of that path. Sorry to mislead you on that, was ontop of my head.
     
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