Google’s Play retailer now options audiobooks. There’s a good probability that you simply solely consider the Play retailer as Google’s app retailer for Android, however it has lengthy options assist for films, TV exhibits, magazines and ebooks, too.
The brand new audiobooks function is launching in 45 nations and 9 languages.
The addition of audiobooks appears like a pure development, however I used to be truly shocked to listen to that these weren’t within the retailer already. What took the corporate so lengthy? “We all know individuals wish to learn extra and audiobooks have gotten an more and more widespread option to incorporate books into our busy lives,” Google Play Guide’s head of product administration Greg Hartrell instructed me. “Play Books has additionally been round for a very long time, providing over 5 million ebooks in 75 nations, and curiosity in audiobooks is on the rise, together with audio content material typically (e.g. digital music, podcasts, and so forth.). However most significantly our customers are asking for them.”
Like on related platforms, you may hear a preview of the audiobook on the Play Retailer and audiobooks are routinely a part of your loved ones library, so you may simply share your audiobook copy of “The Delicate Artwork of Not Giving a F*ck” with all people in your family.
One nifty function right here is the mixing with the Google Assistant in your cellphone and on Google Dwelling. Utilizing this integration, you may merely ask the assistant to learn you your ebook and it’ll do this. It’s also possible to ask some primary questions in regards to the ebook (“Who’s the writer?”).
Google’s pricing seems to be to be aggressive with related choices from Amazon, for instance, and — at the least in the interim — lots of the hottest titles can be found for underneath $10, together with Michael Wolff’s Fireplace & Fury ($eight.99) and John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar ($9.99).
The supported languages are English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Polish. The 45 nations the place the service will likely be out there embody most of Europe, in addition to North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, India and a choose variety of Asian nations.