Google brings audiobooks to its Play store

Otis Hoffman
January 25, 2018

We have some wonderful news for you as audiobooks are now offered in Google Play Store.

Google says audiobooks rolling out in 45 countries, nine languages.

There is no subscription service for Google's audiobooks, and customers are free to just buy whatever they feel like listening to. Google audiobook library is Cross Platform across Android, iOS, and the web, as well as devices that support the Google Assistant, such as Google Home speakers.

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According to Google, you'll be able to listen to audiobooks on a variety of devices like smartphones and tablets. Google has officially started selling Audiobooks on the Google Play.

Google confirmed that audiobook support is "coming soon to the Assistant on Android Auto in the United States", but there's no word on an official launch date just yet. Just like Audible, which, of course, is owned by Amazon.

Individuals can peruse Google's new audiobook store here. Discounts are also in place for first-time audiobook owners: your first book bought through the Play Store will be 50%. Hartrell said that Google is using artificial intelligence to make sense of a book's table of contents and automatically give chapters the right headlines. It will be coming soon to the Assistant on Android Auto in the U.S. In addition to single titles, Audible has also been running a popular subscription service for audiobooks.

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Now, users can call upon their Google Assistant enabled device to play an audiobook, even with specific timers e.g.

Multiple device functionality will be offered, allowing users to start playing an audiobook via a Chromecast device, but pause it through their phone.

The involvement with Google Assistant brings in some smart features such as the option to set a timer for bedtime reading, so the audio book will only be played for a specific time.

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Have you tried any audiobooks yet? They can also listen to free previews of audiobooks before making the final purchase.

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