Google Play Audiobooks Section Going Live Right Now

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

Consumers will be able to buy audiobooks within the Google Play Books apps for Android as well as on the web, and also play them on iPads and iPhones, Google Home speakers, Chromecast streaming adapters and compatible devices.

Best of all, you can pause and pick up your audiobooks across multiple devices, so if you have to head out after listening to a new book in your Google Home, you can avoid cliffhangers by resuming the story from your smartphone in the auto. They will also be available via Google Assistant which means that users will be able to play audiobooks using their Assistant-enabled smart speakers.

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Announced today, Google Play Audiobooks is now available through Google Play Books.

Google Play just launched audiobooks in 45 countries and nine languages.

Just long press on the Home button or say "Ok Google, read my book" to get started. You can do that with Audible books as well, though Audible (which is owned by Amazon) is pretty aggressive at pushing customers to sign up for a full subscription.

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Looks like the Audio Books teaser on the Google Play Store a few days ago wasn't up there by mistake.

"You can buy a single audiobook at an affordable price, with no commitments", he said in a blog post yesterday. One can then tap on any audiobook and listen to a free preview before making the purchase.

Users can access their audiobooks via Google Assistant, the company's digital assistant technology. One of the bigger issues is that you can only download audiobooks in English for now. Catching up could year, unless Google is licensing pre-recorded titles which would make more sense. For instance, you can ask-"Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes"-to set a timer for bedtime reading". The introduction of audiobooks at Google Play brings with it an easier way for those in the Google ecosystem to enjoy their favorite reads in a seamless way across devices.

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