Buy and listen to audiobooks on Google Play

You can listen to audiobooks on your computer, Android device, Google Home, Google Assistant, iPhones, and iPads.

Note: Some audiobooks may come with PDF attachments. Learn how to get the PDF attachments.

 

Buy and download audiobooks

You can explore and buy available audiobooks to listen to from play.google.com. 

  1. On a mobile browser, like Safari, open play.google.com/books.
  2. Sign in to the same Google Account as the one you have on your Google Play Books app. 
  3. Search for an audiobook or browse recommendations.
    • To learn more about an audiobook, tap the cover image.
    • To download the audiobook, tap the price and then Buy.
    • To listen to a sample, tap Play Sample.

Note: You can't buy or rent audiobooks using the Google Play Books app on your iPhone and iPad. 

Find an audiobook you bought from Google Play

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Sign in to the Google Account that you bought your audiobooks with. 
  3. At the bottom, tap My Library My library.
  4. Select your audiobook. 

Download using Wi-Fi only

To avoid data charges, you can download audiobooks using Wi-Fi only. To turn this feature on or off:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. At the top, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Download over Wi-Fi only.

You can also choose to download standard or high quality audio. In Settings, under "Audio playback," tap Audio quality. High quality audio will require more device storage space and bandwidth to download. 

Listen to audiobooks you've downloaded

After you’ve downloaded an audiobook, you can listen to it on multiple devices. If you start listening on one device, then open the audiobook on another device, the audiobook will start playing from where you left off. You’ll start listening at the closest natural stopping point from the last time you listened.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books App Play Books.
  2. At the bottom, tap My Library.
  3. Tap Audiobooks and then tap on the title of the audiobook. It will start playing automatically.
  4. Optional: You can also change how the audiobook is played:
    • To jump ahead 30 seconds, tap Forward 30 seconds Forward 30 seconds.
    • To go back 30 seconds, tap Replay 30 seconds Replay 30 seconds.
    • To change how fast or slow the book is read, tap the playback speed. The default speed is 1x.

Add a bookmark

  1. Go to Google Play Books.
  2. Open an audiobook.
  3. At the top right of the page, tap Bookmark .

See and remove bookmarks

You can check and remove bookmarks for each book you read.

  1. Go to Google Play Books.
  2. Open an audiobook.
  3. At the top right, tap Contents Contents and then Bookmarks.

To delete a bookmark, tap More Moreand then Delete.

Export the audio version 

You can only export the audio using your desktop. Learn how to export the audio file

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