How to buy & listen to audiobooks on Google Play

When you get audiobooks from Google Play, you can listen to the audiobook on your computer, mobile device, Google Home, and Google Assistant.

How to buy & download audiobooks on Android

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Search for an audiobook.
  3. Tap the cover image.
  4. Tap the price and then Buy Audiobook.
Tip: Users can also buy audiobooks through Play Balance.

How to listen to Google Play audiobooks

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open Google Play Books Play Books.
  2. Tap Library.
  3. At the top, tap Audiobooks.
  4. Tap the audiobook you want to listen to. It will start playing.
Tip: If you listen on one device, then switch to another device, the audiobook plays where you left off, at the closest natural stopping point.

More you can do with audiobooks on Google Play

Add & remove a bookmark

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

Download audiobooks using Wi-Fi only

To avoid data charges, you can download audiobooks using Wi-Fi only.
  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. At the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap Play Books Settings and then Download over Wi-Fi only.
Tip: You can choose to download standard or high quality audio. In Play Books settings, under "Audiobook playback," tap Audio quality. High quality audio requires more device storage space and bandwidth to download.

Download PDF for an audiobook

Some books 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.

Types of audiobooks

Abridged audiobooks

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.

Unabridged audiobooks
An unabridged audiobook contains the full literary work. These are the vast majority of the audiobooks in our catalog.
AI-narrated audiobooks

AI-narrated audiobooks use text-to-speech technology to create audio from an ebook.

These audiobooks use a digital voice to read ebooks. You might encounter:

  • Mispronounced words
  • Pauses in places that don’t make sense
  • A mismatch between the tone or emotion of word pronunciations and the content
If you find an issue with your AI-narrated audiobook, contact us to share your feedback.
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