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Google Play getting audiobooks soon

23 January 2018

Amazon has been working on improving the audiobook capabilities of its Kindle e-readers.

At the moment, the link does not appear to work, and the banner does not state exactly when audiobooks will be available. The teardown also reveals that Google will bring several new features and it will help users to distinguish between audiobooks and ebooks. With audiobooks coming soon, the Google Play Store will expand its media offerings, which now include apps, TV show, movies, music, and digital books. If the banner is any indication, they should appear sometime in the near future, perhaps as early as this week.

According to report in 9to5Google, Google on Friday ran a promotional banner announcing the arrival of the audiobooks in the Play Store.

A glimmer of a shadow of a possibility that Google Play will soon be offering audiobooks has the bibliophiles of the internet buzzing. The first audiobook purchase will be 50% off and Google has started advertising audiobooks.

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Currently, the Google Play Store houses a few audiobooks but it is unfortunately not as extensive as the library of Amazon. All the reports suggest that, the giant will soon come up with this dedicated Audiobooks section on the Play Store sometime this quarter. Also, it is not clear if the search giant is planning to add Google audiobooks to both the Google Play Store and Google Play Music. However, the section is not live yet and there is no specific mention of when the content will be available for purchase for the masses.

We don't have any official details from Google yet, but the teardown provided by Android Police gives us essentially everything we need to know.

The Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage models, meanwhile, now do not support Audible, as confirmed by Audible's help center.

Google Play getting audiobooks soon