Google Introduces Audiobooks on Google Play

by January 24, 2018 0 comments

Looking at the increasing inclination towards the use of voice commands and personal digital assistants, Google announced the launch of audiobooks on the Google Play store in India. Users can now experience their favorite literature read out to them by instructing Google Assistant to read their book.

From Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Unaccustomed Earth’, to ‘Astrophysics For People In A Hurry’ by Neil Degrasse Tyson, to Chetan Bhagat’s ‘One Night At The Call Center’ and numerous others, the user can simply say “Ok Google, read my book”.

Audiobooks on the Play store are available in nine languages across 45 countries. Users can listen to their favorite audiobooks across Android, iOS and the web, as well as on devices that include the Google Assistant, like Google Home and many others (where available.)

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Listen without a subscription. On the Play store, 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 on to the story and enjoy listening to the narrator’s voice.
  • Enjoy your audiobook with your Google Assistant. Just say “Ok Google, read my book” to listen to your favorite 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.

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