SEVERE WX: Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

Google launches audiobooks -- with no monthly subscription fee

Google is coming for Audible.The tech giant announced it's now selling audiobooks on the Google Play Store....

Posted: Jan. 23, 2018 11:08 PM
Updated: Jan. 23, 2018 11:08 PM

Google is coming for Audible.

The tech giant announced it's now selling audiobooks on the Google Play Store.

Google Play Books rolls out in 45 countries and nine languages starting Tuesday. The audiobooks are available on Android, iOS, the web and with Google Assistant-enabled devices like Google Home smart speakers.

No subscription is required, and audiobooks can be purchased individually. Amazon's Audible service costs $14.95 per month after a free 30 day trial. That gets users get a free credit for a book each month and 30% off additional titles.

Related: Google's assistant now works on smart speakers with screens

You can also access Google's audiobooks across multiple devices from the company. For example, you could listen on your Google Home smart speaker, and then pick up where you left off on your Pixel smartphone later.

Books can also be shared with family members for no extra fee via the Family Library feature.

The company is currently offering discounts on popular titles like Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" and Stephen King's "It." Google is also giving you 50% off your first purchase.

Meanwhile, Audible is already a well-established player in the audiobooks space, with over 400,000 audio titles. That company was founded in 1995 and acquired by Amazon in 2008 for $300 million. In 2016, Audible members downloaded nearly 2 billion hours of content.

Article Comments

Mason City
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 12°
Albert Lea
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 16°
Austin
Overcast
27° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 17°
Charles City
Overcast
27° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 16°
Rochester
Overcast
27° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 18°
Feels Like: 17°
We're tracking accumulating snowfall for tonight
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Your Friday KIMT StormTeam3 Forecast

Image

Rochester students learning dance, teaching more than just moves

Image

Retailers gearing up for black friday

Image

UMR students discuss rise in hate crimes

Image

Women discuss election wins and losses

Image

Dream season comes to an end

Image

Mobile breast exam clinic

Image

Warriors welcomed home

Image

Legal clinic for sexual assault survivors

Image

Rise above Islamophobia

Community Events