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How to download audiobooks from Google Play

After months of rumors, Google has finally started listing audiobooks on Google Play (opens in new tab). Unlike Amazon's Audible — which has a monthly subscription fee of $14.95 that lets you pick up one title every month — Google is offering individual titles for sale without any monthly commitments.

Google is also rolling out a 50% discount on your first audiobook purchase as a way to incentivize customers, with the promotion valid until February 26. The deal makes it an enticing option if you're just getting started with audiobooks and are interested in seeing what's in store. Let's dive in.

How to download audiobooks from Google Play

  1. Open the Play Store from the app drawer or home screen.
  2. Select the Books tab.
  3. Tap the Audiobooks category.

How to download audiobooks from Google Play

  1. You should see a banner for 50% off your first audiobook. Tap it to add the promo to your cart.
  2. Browse the list of audiobooks or search for a particular title via the search icon in the top right corner.
  3. Enter your query in the text field.

How to download audiobooks from Google Play

  1. You'll see a list of results. Select your desired title to proceed.
  2. In the listing, you'll see the duration of the audiobook, and an option to listen to a sample before you make your purchase. Tap Play sample to listen to an excerpt of the audiobook.
  3. If you decide to go through with the purchase, tap the blue Audiobook button.

How to download audiobooks from Google Play

  1. Google will populate the card information associated with your account, and you should also see your discount code applied automatically. Hit Buy audiobook to finalize the purchase.
  2. You'll be prompted to enter your password or your fingerprint to authenticate the purchase. Do so and hit the Confirm button.
  3. You should see a payment confirmation dialog box.

How to download audiobooks from Google Play

That's it! You'll be able to listen to your audiobook on Android, iOS, the web, and on your Google Home by just saying, "Ok Google, read my book". If you're listening on your phone, Play Books automatically downloads new purchases, allowing you to listen to the book offline.

How to download audiobooks from Google Play

The Play Books interface has options to skip ahead or back 30 seconds, as well as settings to adjust the playback speed and set a sleep timer. You also have options to cast audio to a Chromecast Audio device.

What audiobooks are you guys looking to pick up? Let me know in the comments below.

Audiobooks at Google Play (opens in new tab)

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

19 Comments
  • Can see this via the Play Store as you describe, but it's weird, inconsistent as usual from Google that you can't see exactly the same thing within your own Google Books app?
  • Amazon offers a daily offer though, that really puts audio book prices down. Unless google starts offering that, it's actually hard to switch.
  • Ready Player One..... Bought and Downloaded!
  • So unlike music I guess there is no upload option?
  • How do you listen on the web? I don't see any way to access my audiobook library using the web interface.
  • Works wonderfully on both my Chromebook and phone and keeps them both in sync. @RyanJett - https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F...
  • Thanks for the link!!
  • Picked up 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Just a note, the book didn't show up in my library until after I updated the Play Books app.
  • Has any of you listened to the X-Files audiobooks?
  • I have. They are good, but kind of clunky compared to the show. Since you can't see the action, there is a lot of narrative description going on read by Scully or Mulder.
  • Interestingly, I bought the same book in your example for $2.95 yesterday on Audible and it's listed on Google for $12.95.
  • Any Android Auto support? Can you listen with 3rd-party audiobook apps?
  • Yes you can. It is supported in Android Auto.
  • Article titles says "how to DOWNLOAD..." but there's nothing in the article about DOWNLOADING your book once you buy one.
    How do you download them and where are they stored?
  • It automatically downloads the book once you make the purchase. I mention that at the end of the article.
  • This ^^ whilst it's clunky as anything, both audible and iTunes allow me to download and burn a copy of my audiobooks, there appears to be no such feature here.
  • Yeah, pricing varies between sources, so always have to shop. I've been using Smart Audio Book Player and it plays nice with Android Auto. Would prefer the ability to use a different player; it seems that you are locked into Play Books so it seems unless and until someone figures out how to fix that. But any way that variety and pricing can compete is good news. My library can only provide so many
  • I use Smart Audiobook Player as well. Been using it for 2 years now and paid for it and plan to donate more. It's updated at least once a week it seems and is the best audiobook player I've ever used.
  • I really hope someone figures it out soon. I love Smart Audio Book Player and find the Google Book player to be really clunky.