Almost every form of on-device entertainment has been sold through the Play Store for a number of years, but only now is Google’s digital store getting audiobooks. It joins apps, games, music, movies, television shows, books, and magazines as the content available for consumption on different devices.
Audiobooks on Google Play are already available in dozens of countries and nine languages.
No subscription is required for any of the audiobooks, departing from the subscription-based model other offerings follow. Audible, the Amazon-owned service dominating the audiobook game, costs $14.95 per month after a thirty-day trial. Like Apple does with iBooks, Google doesn’t want to sell a membership and instead encourages the pay-as-you-need method.
Google isn’t really limiting where you can listen to your audiobooks. They’re compatible on Android, iOS, the web, and Google Assistant. So you can ask your phone, tablet, Google Home, or any other Google Assistant-powered smart speaker to read a book aloud. Then you just sit back and enjoy the story.
The launch of audiobooks on Google Play is being celebrated with a sale on popular titles. Here are some of the current deals, as noted by The Verge:
- Fire and Fury by Michael Wolffe ($8.99)
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ($6.99)
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry ($7.77)
You’re able to get 50% off your first audiobook purchase as part of a promotion to kickstart the launch, too.
All that’s needed to get started is a compatible device and the Google Play Books app. When you start listening on one device, you’ll be able to continue on another. Audiobooks sync between devices in the background to always keep your spot.