Ultimate guide to Google Play audiobooks & reviews

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Over the past few years, Google Play Books has developed a reputation as one of the best sources of books. From new releases to bestsellers and old classics, the platform offers a large collection that meets the needs of bibliophiles.

But did you know the platform also offers millions of audiobooks?

With audiobooks, the text is read aloud in a human-like voice, allowing you to multitask and read more in less time.

This article offers a complete guide on how Google Play audiobooks work and how you can use the service.

What are Google Play Books?

Google Play Books is a platform that offers access to millions of books that can be read anytime and anywhere. With this tool, you don’t need to buy printed copies of your favorite books. Instead, you get portable digital versions that can be read directly on your smartphone’s screen.

But what makes Google Play Books different from other e-readers like Nook, Kobo, Amazon Audible, and Kindle?

Rich catalog

Google Play Books offers millions of free books fully optimized for digital reading. You can also buy premium new releases directly on the app. A preview is included for each book on sale.

With such a rich catalog, every genre or category is well represented. From non-fiction bestsellers to old classics and personal autobiographies, you have more than enough to keep you hooked all day.

Whether you’re looking for your first audiobook or a particular author or podcast, the app has you covered.

Simple interface

A major attraction of Google Play Books is its user interface.

Unlike some other e-readers which can be confusing and complicated to use, Google Play Books has an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to add notes, bookmarks, or even. The app creates a well-organized local library where you can find all your favorites.

In addition, you can adjust the text or visual settings to suit your needs.

And if you ever need help using any of the platform’s features, there are plenty of tutorials online.

Syncing

The service uses a smart algorithm to sync personal notes, reading positions, and bookmarks across all your devices. This means you can start reading a book on your smartphone, take a break, and then proceed using your desktop computer, Apple Watch, or tablet.

As long as you’re logged in with the same account, the app will take you to the exact page where you left off.

Incredibly, the service is available for all mobile devices running on Android or iOS.

Read online or offline

You don’t need Wi-Fi (or internet access in general) to read your favorite audiobooks. The service allows you to download any book and store it locally on your device. Note that cross-platform syncing won’t work in offline mode.

This also means you can easily transfer your favorites to another reading service such as Kobo, Amazon Kindle, Audible, or Speechify.

You can also share audiobooks via social media platforms such as Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook.

Built-in dictionary

The platform has a built-in dictionary to help you quickly look up words as you come across them.

This can help you improve your reading comprehension and boost your reading rate.

The feature is also accessible via a web browser.

How to get audiobooks from Google Play

The Google Play Books app leads the way in providing readers with nontraditional reading methods. The service not only helps you read your favorite works directly on your smartphone’s screen, but it also offers audiobooks read with natural-sounding voices that mimic human readers.

And the best part is that the service has simplified the process of buying any audiobook.

To buy an audiobook using an android device:

  • Open the Google Play Books mobile app and enter a brief description of the audiobook in the search bar. Then hit Enter.
  • Once you find the book, tap its cover image. This should display more information about the book, including its rating, the author, and the synopsis.
  • Tap the price and then select “Buy Audiobook.”

To buy an audiobook using an iPhone or iPad:

  • Visit play.google.com/books using your browser.
  • Enter your credentials to sign into your Google account.
  • Search for the book you’d like to buy.
  • Tap the book’s image and then tap “Buy.”

Finally, if you’re using a computer or laptop:

  • Visit Play Books library on any web browser.
  • Find the book you want to buy and click on “Buy.” You may listen to a sample of the narration by clicking on “Play sample.”

If you’re a big fan of Google Home and other smart devices, you have one more reason to start using the Google Play Books app. The service is seamlessly compatible with Google Assistant, Android Auto, smart speakers, Amazon Echo, and Alexa.

This integration paves the way for completely hands-free reading. For example, you could request Google Assistant to play your favorite audiobook or raise the volume on your smart speakers. You can also set a sleep timer or ask for information about an author.

Listen to other texts using Speechify

Speechify is a text to speech tool that can read aloud any text, including scanned documents and websites.

This can be really helpful if you find yourself short on time or just prefer to listen to information instead of reading it.

Using artificial intelligence and speech synthesis, Speechify produces high-quality AI voices in MP3 and WAV formats. You can also customize the playback to lock in the pace you’re most comfortable with.

In addition, Speechify is compatible with all major platforms, including Android phones, iOS devices, Microsoft WindowsmacOS, Amazon fire, and Chrome.

Why wait? Get started with Speechify right away and discover a new way to breeze through any text.

FAQ

Is there a way to preview an audiobook before buying it?

You can listen to a sample of any audiobook by clicking on the “Play Sample” button before proceeding to checkout.

What is the difference between a Play Store audiobook and a Play Store book?

While an audiobook is read aloud using the built-in speakers on your device, Play Store books are only displayed on the screen.

What is the difference between Google Play audiobooks and other audiobooks?

With Google Play audiobooks, you can use the full range of Google Home devices to improve your reading experience.

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