Play Store May Soon Have Dedicated Audiobook Section

Google now offers apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, e-books, and magazines via the Google Play Store. However the banner link was not working (still isn't working) indicating that it was an accident and the banner was prematurely made live by someone in the Google Play team. A banner is shown to have appeared on Google Play Store about "Audiobooks now on Google Play", with a small subheading saying, "Get 50% off your first title".

According to a report by 9to5Google, a banner has appeared on the Google Play Store, for both desktop and mobile users, that says audiobooks are now available on the online store. For the initial audiobook buyers, Google may also offer some major discounts. Creating a single hub for it could mean that Google is committed to making the Google Play Store as accessible as possible to all types of fans. The banner seems to be appearing for not only the web but also the Google Play app from within the Android smartphone.

When a tech blog spotted a banner ad for audiobooks directly through Google's online store, Google Play, everyone jumped on their seemingly imminent arrival. Thanks to some eagled-eyed work from 9to5Google, it looks like the Big G may soon be getting in the digital tome game.

Then again, things will get a bit more cluttered with the addition of an audiobooks section.

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Meanwhile, several companies have recently been improving support for audiobooks.

As of now, there is no information of when this specific section will be introduced, and how they will be accessed.

Amazon now dominates the market, however, with its ownership of Audible, but it appears Google is about to make a big push back. Android Police found references to audiobooks in an APK teardown of the Google Play Books app and found code for several new features, including audiobooks.

  • Delia Davidson