Looks like the Audio Books teaser on the Google Play Store a few days ago wasn’t up there by mistake. Google has officially announced the addition of Audio Books on Google Play and their integration with Google Assistant and Google Home.
The announcement was made by Google based on the popular New Year’s resolution of people wanting to ‘Read More’. Reading is problematic as everyone just doesn’t have the time for it anymore. Which is why Google homes to allow people to learn more through Audio Books on Google Play and listen to wherever they are.
Audio Books on Google Play is rolling out now and will be available in 45 countries to start with. Nine languages and are expected to be affordable across the Android platform. Google Play Books with Audio Books will also be available on iOS for Apple users as well.
For a limed time, Audio Books on Google Play are also at a special 50% discount. This is limited to your first audio book purchase and certain purchases.
“With audiobooks on Google Play, rolling out today in 45 countries and nine languages, you can turn your time stuck in traffic, on the treadmill, or waiting in line into reading time. Find your next great read at an affordable price, and enjoy it across Android, iOS and the web with Google Play Books, as well as on devices that include the Google Assistant, like Google Home and many others.” Google mentioned in the post.
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Features of Audio Books on Google Play
Audio Books aren’t really a new concept. Amazon and Apple have been offering them for a while now. Google has been behind in adopting the audible books concept, but has finally added it to its online catalogue of services now.
Some of the most prominent features of Audio Books on Google Play are:
No Need of Any Subscriptions
You won’t need to make any commitments with Google Play and sign up for a monthly subscription. Google Play Books will give users the option of buying single audiobooks and even sharing it across with anyone in their family through a ‘Family Library’. There is no extra charge mentioned for this.
Previews of the audio book you’d like to purchase will also be available. Just to make sure you like the story and its narration.
Google Assistant Integration
Wherever you have access to Google Assistant, you can listen to your audio books on Google Play by just saying, “Ok Google, read my book.” With Google Assistant on your smartphone or on the Google Home smart speaker, you’ll be able to just direct it to start reading from right where you left off.
Android Auto does not have this integration yet, but Google did mention that an update for that will be coming to the US later on this year.
Smart commands such as “Ok Google who is the author?” and “Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes,” are also expected to make the listening experience pleasant and accepted.
What do you think about audio books on Google Play? Have you had a chance to experience any of them on Android yet? Let us know in the comments section below.