It’s startling to comprehend that the Google Play Store hasn’t sole audiobooks until now. Google announced that its online store, which is the go-to for many people when it comes to Android apps, will now sell audiobooks that users can entrance on Android, iOS, and the web. The audiobooks territory of the Play store is now permitted in 45 countries and in 9 languages. In further to listening to books but a subscription, some users can call on the Google Assistant to review books to them.
Much like Apple’s audiobooks in its online store, titles in the Google Play Store are permitted for squeeze with no subscription necessary. Amazon’s audiobook service Audible also sells one-off audiobooks, but the company strongly encourages business to sign up for its monthly subscription service. For the launch, Google slashed prices of some renouned titles—Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is just $6.99 for now, down from $22.50, and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give is $8.99, down from $25.99—and the company is charity 50 percent off your first audiobook purchase. Google’s strange audiobook prices seem a bit reduce than Audible’s, but it’s misleading if Google will consistently undercut Amazon’s and Apple’s audiobook prices in the future.
Those with an Android device or a Google Home can ask the Google Assistant to review books to them. “Ok Google, review my book…” followed by the pretension will prompt the Assistant to play the audiobook from your library. Since Google has a stop timer underline for its audiobooks, users can tell the Assistant when to stop the audiobook (“Ok Google, stop personification in 30 minutes.”) and ask simple questions about the pretension (“Ok Google, who is the author?”). The only downside is that this Google Assistant formation is only permitted on Android and Google Home right now, but it will come to Android Auto in the US someday soon.
Google has combined many of the indispensably facilities that audiobook lovers need from their services: business can listen to a preview of the audiobook before shopping the book, purchased titles can be accessed anywhere, and your swell will sync opposite all devices. As mentioned earlier, you can set a nap timer, and you can speed up the playback to hear the book at a faster rate. Customers can also share books with family members by adding titles to the Family Library territory of their Google comment at no additional cost.
E-books have been permitted by Google and permitted around the Google Play Books app for utterly some time, but audiobooks is a welcomed further to the store. Audiobooks have turn increasingly renouned and it’s smart (and arguably necessary) for Google to welcome the trend. But in further to rival pricing, Google will also have to have an audiobook library big adequate to whole business divided from the likes of Audible.