Google Brings Audiobooks to Google Play

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

Starting this week, users in 45 countries will be able to buy audiobooks in nine languages from Google's Play mobile app store.

The best part about Google Play's audiobooks is that you don't need a subscription. Their place is synced across multiple devices so users can leave the book on one device and pick up right where they left off on another. Titles will be available on iOS, Android for phones, and on the voice-activated Google Assistant for devices including Google Home.

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Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) online store now sells audiobooks in a bid to take on Amazon. This means one can listen to an audio book on not just their smartphones and PC, but also on Apple iPhones, Android Wear watches, Google Home speaker, Chromecast and Android-auto enabled cars.

Audiobooks will be accessible via Google Play Books on Web, Android, iOS.

Audiobooks are generally priced between $7 and $15 but Google is offering discounts, in addition to 50 percent off on your first audiobook, reports said. Google Play Store already had the e-books, as well as music, movies, and television shows.

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With Google's enormous opening discounts - you can get 50% off your first audiobook until 26 February - it is hard to know if it will make people switch from Audible to Google. Google will give users the option of buying a single audiobook. Combining Google's machine learning with its audiobooks opens up many other interesting possibilities, particularly when you start thinking about audiobooks in the context of Google Assistant.

The Google Play Store on Android and supported by Google Home devices. You can also say "Ok Google, who is the author?" or set a timer by saying "Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes". Assistant integration is now limited to English language users, and Android Auto support is coming soon. They can also listen to free previews of audiobooks before making the final purchase.

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