You can now use Google Assistant to listen to audiobooks

The Google Play store is now selling audiobooks

Well, until today, audiobooks were missing from the aptly titled Google Play Books app, but that changes in no less than 45 countries around the world. They will also be available via Google Assistant which means that users will be able to play audiobooks using their Assistant-enabled smart speakers. Interested users can now purchase their favourite audiobooks via the Play Store and instruct Google Assistant to read them aloud. Interestingly, Google's audiobooks don't need you to subscribe to it to use it, initially. "You can listen to as many or as few as you want without a subscription", said Google Play Books head of product management Greg Hartrell.

After a recent spat led Google to pull YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show, it seemed like things were finally cooling down when Amazon extended an olive branch to Google by selling Chromecast devices again for the first time in years.

Most of the basic features and functions of the audiobook format it appears Google already has nailed. With the help of these audiobooks, users can ask the Google Assistant to read out their books. Users can pick up the audio book where they had left off on another device at night, for instance, and pick it up from that place in their vehicle using Android Auto next morning.

The Google Play Store on Android and supported by Google Home devices. In addition, Google is also offering 50% off the first audiobook a customer buys. The company might implement previous techniques such as dedicated storefront and cleaner UI along with the new technology options to find larger quantities of the book in less period of time.




Based on a demo of Google Play audiobooks I saw, it looks like Google has gotten most of the basics down. It will be coming soon to the Assistant on Android Auto in the U.S.

Just like the ebooks, the audiobooks will be available à la carte with no subscription service like on Audible. It works according to what you instruct Google Assistant to do.

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.

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