January 28, 2022

Colorful! Highlighting Comes to Google Books


From the Inside Google Books Blog:

Starting today, you’ll also be able to break out the colored highlighters and pens with Google eBooks in the Web Reader.

To start adding notes, first open your web browser and find your Google eBooks in your My eBooks bookshelf (make sure you are signed into your account at the top right hand corner of your screen). If you don’t have any ebooks yet, you can start your collection with a free classic from Best of the Free bookshelf, or purchase an ebook from our eBookstore. Then, click on the book to open it in the Web Reader.

You should be able to select the text you want to comment on by dragging or double-clicking with your mouse. A context menu will appear, and you can then click on “Add Note”.


These new features are currently only enabled for ebooks available in “flowing text mode“, and highlights or notes can’t be added to ebook samples. We are also working hard on bringing these features to your mobile devices and eReaders, so stay tuned!

Direct to Complete Blog Post with Guide to Take Full Advantage of this New Feature

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.