Buy & listen to audiobooks

You can listen to audiobooks on your computer, mobile device, Google Home, and Google Assistant.

Buy & download audiobooks

You can explore and buy available audiobooks to listen to on Google Play books.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Shop and search for an audiobook.
    • To learn more about an audiobook, tap the cover image.
  3. Tap the price and then Buy 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 Android phone or tablet, 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.

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

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 Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books App Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. At the top, tap Audiobooks.
  4. Tap the audiobook you want to listen to. It will start playing automatically.
  5. Optional: You can also change how the audiobook is played, or set a sleep timer:
    • 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.
    • To automatically stop the book after a set time period, or at the end of the chapter, tap Sleep Timer Sleep Timer.

Add & remove a bookmark

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open an audiobook.
  3. At the top, tap Bookmark .
    • To delete a bookmark, tap Contents Contentsand then Bookmarks. Tap More Moreand then Delete this bookmark.

Export the audio version

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

Download PDF for an audiobook

Depending on the publisher, your audiobook may come with additional materials such as visuals, charts, graphs, maps, or other appendices.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Library and then Audiobooks.
  3. Select the audiobook.
  4. Tap More Moreand then Open accompanying PDF.

 

What is an abridged audiobook?

An abridged audiobook is a shorter version of an audiobook that has been edited for length. You’ll still understand the major plot points of the book, but minor details will be left out.

Abridged audiobooks are available as a separate item in the Play Store from the full length version of the audiobook. Double check which version of the audiobook you want to buy before you finalize your purchase.

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