Google starts selling audiobooks to take on Amazon
- Author: Gina Adkins Jan 25, 2018,
Jan 25, 2018, 1:50
"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", wrote Google in a blog post.
With the new Google audiobooks, you can purchase single titles on Google Play without a subscription, something that you now cannot do on the uber popular Audible. For example, you could listen on your Google Home smart speaker, and then pick up where you left off on your Pixel smartphone later. That's because Google launched audiobooks, which you can use on iOS, Android, the web, and yes, your Google Home.
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Announced today, Google Play Audiobooks is now available through Google Play Books.
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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".
Audiobooks are available on many platforms such as Android, iOS, Chromecast, Android Wear, Android Auto and the web. According to the banners displayed by the company, google audiobooks will be initially available in selective countries such as the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. You can also tell it to stop playing in 20 minutes if you're listening to it just before sleeping. You will need an Android device though, if you want to play the audioboos via Google Assistant. But in reality, the beef between the two internet giants does not seem to be letting up, especially now that Google is getting into the audiobook business. (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. Catching up could year, unless Google is licensing pre-recorded titles which would make more sense. Assistant integration is now limited to English language users, and Android Auto support is coming soon. The company offers a subscription service, but it's not all-you-can-eat like you might expect.
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