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Any device compatible with Google's voice-controlled virtual assistant can play your audiobooks for you with a simple command of "OK Google, read my book". The audiobook launch is being kicked off with some incredible discounts to attract users onboard and start listening to their content. Titles including Ready Player One sell for $6.99, Fire and Fury goes for $8.99 while Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is up for $7.77. As the name suggests, you can now instruct your Google Assistant - regardless of the device you're using - be it your Android phone, tablet or Google Home to read a book of your choice.
Google is now into audiobooks.
Google's decision to launch an audiobook store has therefore increased its ability to compete. Amazon-owned Audible, the top provider of audiobooks, has not been supported on Home and other speakers with Google Assistant.
Audiobooks are available on many platforms such as Android, iOS, Chromecast, Android Wear, Android Auto and the web. Google has confirmed that it has started selling audiobooks on the Google Play Store. Each audiobook title ranges in price from $35 to $15 per title and you get 50% off your first purchase. There is a good chance that you only think of the Play store as Google's app store for Android, but it has long features support for movies, TV shows, magazines and ebooks, too.
Unlike some audiobook services, you don't need a subscription to be able to listen to the titles that you want. You will be able to also purchase the books without a subscription, which is how it works using other platforms like Audible.
Prior to this leak, we'd heard nothing about Google's plans to enter the audiobook space.
Adding Google Assistant to the mix only makes things that much more appealing.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks, 99.9% of them via Audible, so while I am interested in this development, I can't see myself changing services - it's sort of like when Apple Music landed.
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