Google today rolled out audiobooks on Google Play that will allow users to find their next great read they have been waiting for. The audiobooks have been rolled out in 45 countries and nine languages, thus you can turn your time stuck in traffic, on the treadmill, or waiting in line into reading time.
The audiobooks can be read 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.
On Google Play, you can buy a single audiobook at an affordable price, with no commitments. You can also get a free preview of the book to make sure you’re hooked by the story and enjoy listening to the narrator’s voice. Users can also share their favourite audiobook with everyone in the family through Family Library for no additional fee -- even if they are using a different device.
Users can also enjoy audiobook with Google Assistant. Just say “Ok Google, read my book” to listen to your favourite audiobook hands free with the Google Assistant on your phone or speaker, like Google Home. Try “Ok Google, who is the author?” if you need a refresher, or “Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes” to set a timer for bedtime reading. For now, the Google Assistant integration with audiobooks is available on Android phones and smart speakers globally in English. It will be coming soon to the Assistant on Android Auto in the US.
Google has also integrated audiobooks across multiple devices. Start your morning by listening to “Ready Player One” with the Assistant on Google Home, and continue listening with the Google Play Books app on your Pixel. You can pick up where you left off no matter what device you are using, with the Assistant or the Google Play Books app -- on Android, iOS, Chromecast, Android Wear, Android Auto or even your laptop.