Google launches audiobooks - with no monthly subscription fee

The Google Play store is now selling audiobooks

Taking on Amazon, Google on Wednesday rolled out audiobooks with Google Assistant integration on its Play Store in nine languages across 45 countries, including in India. As with most other Google services, audiobooks are available on pretty much any device you would want to use: Android, iOS, the web and Google Home speakers. "You just pick up where you left off, no matter which device you are using", said Hartrell.

And because Google has Google Assistant, you can actually start listing to your audiobook hands free.

"We are rolling out Google audiobooks today, for users who prefer books to be read out to them". Meanwhile, purchases can be shared through Play's Family Library feature. This means that consumers will be able to say things like "Okay Google, read my book" - and their phone or Google Home speaker will start playing back the requested title.

At CES in Las Vegas, Google announced that Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto, which is available in more than 400 vehicle models from more than 40 brands including Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen and Volvo.




Google Play Books group product manager Greg Hartrell said the company's latest addition was created to let readers tune into their favourite stories "throughout their day" using whatever technology was nearest.

Finding an audiobook on Google Play is not a hard task as there is number of services that support Google for promoting their products.

Unlike some of the competition in the audiobook market, Play Books won't be subscription-based. (Don't ask why it's that nonstandard price, or Neil deGrasse Tyson will probably Twittersplain it to you.) Google is also offering 50 percent off your first audiobook purchase. That would be audio books.

Amazon owns leading audiobook company Audible, which isn't offered on the Google Home. This comes as an interesting feature of the audiobooks. Several of the company's Kindle e-book readers have begun incorporating support for the audiobooks as well.

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