Google Home can now read audiobooks to you

Matt Sayer 24 January 2018 NEWS


With audiobook support coming to Google Assistant, a good read is just a voice command away.

Sitting down with a good book is an experience with few equals, but carving out the hours necessary for a relaxing reading session can be tough in this hectic, always-online world. That's part of the reason audiobooks have become so popular in recent years, as they allow you to absorb enthralling adventures and intricate mysteries while your hands are busy whipping up dinner or you're out for your brisk morning walk.

It's been a long time coming, but audiobooks have finally made their way to Google Play, with Google today adding the new category to its digital store. Unlike the popular audiobooks service Audible, audiobooks purchased through Google Play are permanently added to your library, with no ongoing subscription fees required.

More compelling than that, is the support for Google Assistant. 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". Whether it's your smartphone or your Google Home smart speaker, this is a handy feature that makes it even easier to enjoy a good book while you're busy around the house.

Best of all, you can pause and pick up your audiobooks across multiple devices, so if you have to head out after listening to a new book in your Google Home, you can avoid cliffhangers by resuming the story from your smartphone in the car.

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