Audiobooks Apparently Coming to Google Play

Posted January 23, 2018

With the upcoming update, there will be a dedicated portion of Google Play, which will keep things more organized.

Further, the offer was linked to a separate category, which was distinct from the audiobooks on offer in the Google Play Music segment. If the banner is any indication, they should appear sometime in the near future, perhaps as early as this week.

According to 9to5google, an advertisement banner appeared on Google Play for several users, which revealed that the audiobooks will be available for sale on Google Play.

There is no word on when exactly the audiobooks will go live in the Google Play Store, however the premature promotion banner suggests that they are coming sooner than later. The banner is said to be visible for all users on the Web and the Android app, however, we don't see it. Thanks to some eagled-eyed work from 9to5Google, it looks like the Big G may soon be getting in the digital tome game.

Audiobooks are already available through Google Play's music library, though the implementation is a bit haphazard.

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

In addition, it appears that the roll-out of the Google audiobooks is not global as the banner is only visible to Android users in the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia, according to AndroidHeadlines.

Google's move to offer a simpler way to search and buy audiobooks will challenge Amazon's domination in the market. owns Audible and had recently audiobook support on its Kindle devices.

The Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage models, meanwhile, now do not support Audible, as confirmed by Audible's help center.

We don't have any official details from Google yet, but the teardown provided by Android Police gives us essentially everything we need to know.