According to a banner ad that was spotted inside of Google Play, as well as an APK teardown of an updated Play Books app, audiobooks are coming to Google Play.
There's no indication of when Google is actually planning to push audiobooks live in the store, but it definitely seems like it will be soon. The banner also says that users will be able to enjoy a 50 percent discount for the first audiobook that they purchase.
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Some of the Play Store users on the Website and on the mobile applications have found a banner ad regarding the Play Store Audiobooks.
Google now offers apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, e-books, and magazines via the Google Play Store. Currently, Google Play's music library does offer some audiobooks, but the stock has been very limited.
There would be plenty of benefits you would get once the giant introduces a complete dedicated Audiobooks section on the Play Store.
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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.
Android Police uncovered the feature in the code of the latest version of Google Play Books, so it's looking like Big G has already implemented the infrastructure; it should activate it by flipping a switch on its end - and that could happen at any given moment.
Amazon now dominates the audiobook market with its ownership of Audible, the leading retailer of audiobooks.
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Besides, sales of audiobooks seem to have gone up in recent years, and Google having its own dedicated storefront will give it some ground to capture if not all but some portion of sales.