Google has officially started selling Audiobooks on the Google Play. Over the weekend, a dedicated section for Audiobooks was spotted on Google Play, and now the company has made it official.
With the launch of Audiobooks, Google Play users can buy single audiobooks from the storefront without the need for any subscription. There is also an option to add them to your Family Library, and even ask Google Assistant or Google Home smart speaker to read their books along with setting timers. Additionally, Google is also supporting option to cast them to supported devices and pick-up where you they left off from one device to another.
“We are rolling out Google audiobooks today, for users who prefer books to be read out to them. The Google Assistant integration with audiobooks is available on Android, iOS, Chromecast, Android Wear, Android Auto or even your laptop,” Greg Hartrell, Head of Product Management, Google Play Books said.
Google is rolling out Audiobooks support to 45 countries starting today, and they will be available in nine languages on Android, iOS and the web. In order to make the deal lucrative, Google is offering a discount of 50 percent on your first audiobooks purchase. The deal is available from the “50% off Your First Audiobook” link when you visit the Audiobooks section of Play Store on Android, iOS or the web.
Audiobooks have been growing in popularity over the past few years since they offer a more lucid experience with narration and lack of time for reading among most busy professionals. The trend is mainly driven by Amazon’s acquisition of Audible in 2008, which comes bundled with company’s Kindle e-book platform.
On Play Store, Google is offering audiobooks ranging from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth to Chetan Bhagat’s One Night At The Call Center. It also support genres like science fiction and Google Play users can ask Assistant to read out Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson. Do let us know in comments, which book do you plan to
read hear first.