Google's subscription-free audiobooks are now available in India

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If you use Google Play Books and have been waiting for Google to offer support for audiobooks directly, the wait is finally over. As a leaked image revealed a few days ago, audiobooks are now on sale from Google Play in 45 countries and nine languages. It's also worth noting that if you do use an iOS device and Google Assistant, audiobook support isn't there yet; that's only for Android devices (for now).

You can also access Google's audiobooks across multiple devices from the company. Considering that more and more people are interacting with Google services via voice commands, audiobooks are one area the company expects to see more demand, explains Google Play Books Head of Product Management Greg Hartrell. Meanwhile, purchases can be shared through Play's Family Library feature. Not only that but if you're using more than one device to play an audiobook, you'll be told if the device you're now listening to is ahead of or behind another device and get the option to jump to the place where that device left off. It will be coming soon to the Assistant on Android Auto in the U.S. (Don't ask why it's that nonstandard price, or Neil deGrasse Tyson will probably Twittersplain it to you.) Google is also offering 50 percent off your first audiobook purchase.

In the smart speaker market, Google managed to release the Home range long after Amazon's Echo range hit the shelves and still became a major competitor.

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To celebrate the launch of audiobooks in Google Play, the search giant is offering promotional pricing on many audiobooks. (With good reason; many of Audible's books cost upwards of $20, though there are still plenty of deals to be had).

News portal 9to5google reported late on Saturday that a banner appeared on Google Play for several users stating that audiobooks were now available on Google Play.

No subscription required: Google has made available some free preview features for the book so that a user can check before hand whether he wants to continue with the story or start a new one.