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Flowing and Original Pages

Buying an O'Reilly book on Google Play allows viewing by "flowing text" or by "original pages." In the Play Books app, both views allow highlighting, adding notes, etc.

Can this be done with books purchased directly from O'Reilly?

I can add epub or pdf books to My Books on Google Play, but I have not figured out how to duplicate the functionality I get when I purchase from Google.
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  • Hello Leland,

    Thanks for you interest in O'Reilly ebooks. We do have an option for sending ebooks to Google drive and information on this can be found here: http://shop.oreilly.com/category/cust.... From the information on this page: https://support.google.com/googleplay... you can then send the ebook to Google Play so you can take advantage of the functionality of the app. Hope this helps and have a great day!

    Best regards,
    Paul Fichera
    Customer Service Representative
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Hi Paul,

    Thank you for the prompt response.

    My question wasn't how to read O'Reilly ebooks on Google Play (I already know how to do that) but about the functionality of your books. If I purchase from Google, then I can switch between flowing text and original pagination, plus be able to highlight. But an epub purchased from O'Reilly can only be displayed as flowing text, or a pdf only by pages. Furthermore pdfs are not able to marked with highlights or comments.

    The tradeoff is that books purchased from Google are not covered by O'Reilly's upgrade guarantee and (I presume — I haven't tested this) copy-protected.

    For books like O'Reilly's "Head First" series where page layout is crucial, I have concluded that it is better to buy from Google than direct because of its increased functionality — unless you (or someone) can show me how to obtain equivalent flexibility.

    Thank you again.
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  • Hello Leland,

    Let me check in with the appropriate team on this and when I know more information I will contact you.

    Best regards, 
    Paul Fichera 
    Customer Service Representative 
    O'Reilly Media
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