Turn your time stuck in traffic, on the treadmill, or waiting in line into reading time with Audiobooks. Rolling out on Google Play Books, and you can play them and enjoy it 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.
Listen without a subscription. Yes, unlike Amazon, 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. And share your favorite audiobook with everyone in the family through Family Library for no additional fee—even if they’re using a different device. You can also upload your own audiobooks to Google Play books, to be able to hear them with Assistant anywhere.
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Enjoy your audiobook with your Google Assistant.
To listen to your favorite audiobook hands free with the Google Assistant on your phone or speaker, say Hey Google
- A book: “Read [book title].”
- Continue your most recent book: Hey Google, Read my book.
Control what’s playing
- Pause or stop: “Pause.” “Stop.”
- Resume: “Resume.” “Continue.”
- Go forward: “Skip [amount of time].” “Next chapter.”
- Go backward: “Go back [amount of time].” “Previous chapter.”
- Go Faster/slower: “Play at 2x speed,” “play slower/faster,” or “play at twice/half the speed.”
- Status: “How much time is left?”
- Find info: “Who wrote this?” “How much time is left?” “who is the author?”
- To set a timer for bedtime reading “Hey Google, stop playing in 20 minutes”
Change the volume
You can set the volume to a specific level (1–10) or percentage (1–100%).
- Increase: “Turn it up.” The volume will increase by 10%.
- Decrease: “Turn it down.” The volume will decrease by 10%.
- Set a level or percentage: “Volume 5.” “Volume to 65%.”
Control audiobooks from the Google Home app
If you’re using your Google Assistant on a speaker, Smart Display, or Smart Clock, you can change the volume in the Google Home app.
- On your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app .
- At the bottom, tap Home .
- Tap your device Pause, play, or change the volume.
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 U.S.
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Weave reading into your day across multiple devices. Start your morning by listening to “Atomic Habits” with the Assistant on Google Home, and continue listening with the Google Play Books app on your Pixel. Pick up where you left off no matter what device you’re using, with the Assistant or the Google Play Books App —on Android, iOS, Chromecast, Android Wear, Android Auto or even your laptop.
Audiobooks section on Google Play is going live right now, and Google is offering a 50% discount on your first book. Prices seem to range from about $5 to $20. Play Books offers over 5 million eBooks in 75 countries, and interest in audiobooks is on the rise, along with audio content generally (e.g. digital music, podcasts, etc.).
Audiobooks will be available in 45 countries that include most of Europe, as well as North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, India and a select number of Asian countries and nine languages(English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Japanese and Polish.) starting today.
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