Those days are gone when you had to manage time to sit down on the couch and read a book. Recently, Google has rolled out Audiobooks on Google Play in 45 countries with 9 languages support. One exciting thing is you can listen to Audiobooks on Google Home as well as on Android, iOS, and other devices that support Google Assistant.
Unlike Amazon’s Audible, Google is not compelling users to buy a subscription plan to get Audiobooks. They are simply selling Audiobooks outright that can be added to your account and can be shared with your family member by Family Library without any extra fee. With this new step, Google is making it much easier to enjoy Audiobooks on Google Assistant and other devices. Are you excited to play Audiobooks on Google Home? If yes, let’s find out how to do it quickly.
How to Listen to Audiobooks on Google Home Smart Speaker
There have been popular titles such are “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling, Fire & Fury by Michael Wolff and “1984” by George Orwell, “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, and more books added on the Google Play. You can buy them with 50% off for the first title.
Step #1. First of all, buy Audiobooks from Google Play Store from the account you are using on Google Home.
Step #2. Once you purchased any Audiobook, it will automatically be attached to all your devices that have same Google account sign in. Now you just need to say “OK, Google, read my book” to start playing Audiobook on Google Home.
Step #3. When you say “OK, Google, read my book”, your speaker will only play the most recent listed audiobook. If you want to play any other specific title, then just do the command “OK, Google, read [book title].”
Step #4. Once your device gets started to play your audiobook. You can use “OK, Google, pause/resume/skip commands to manage your audiobook. Furthermore, there are more specific Google Audiobook commands you can use:
- “OK, Google, previous/next chapter.”
- “OK, Google, how much time is left?”
- “Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes.”
- “OK, Google, who wrote this?
- “OK, Google, go back [amount of time]
- “OK, Google, “Set volume to 5”, “Set volume to 40%.”
- “OK, Google, “Read my book on living room TV”, or “Read < title> on Chromecast.”
It was quite straightforward to listen to audiobooks via Google Assistant on Google Home. Sadly, there are no commands to change the playback speed on Google Home. But, there is a Google Play Books app available for Android and iOS users which can be used to cast the book on Google Home and adjust the playback speed from 0.5x to 2x and also choose a chapter to play.
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Audiobooks on Google Home is one of the greatest works by Google. You can play Audiobooks from Google Home while cleaning your room, cooking, or doing some other stuff. Have you started listening Audiobooks from Google Home? If yes, then don’t forget to share your experience with us through the comments or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.