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Google Has Eyes Set on Audiobooks and Magazines for Google Play Store?

According to recent findings through the Google Help center, Google may have plans to introduce magazines and audio books into the Google Play Store. Would it make sense? Well, yes. With the introduction of Google Play, Google is looking to broaden its content offerings to match that, and then some, of Apple’s iTunes Store. Google has registered a few URLs that match up with these findings, but so far, there is no official word from Google on their future plans.

When can we expect to be able to purchase our favorite magazines in the Play Store? No idea, but it definitely sounds exciting. Would anyone else be open to the idea of Google looking to mimic the iTunes Store more and more?

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  • Michrod7

    Try your public library for free audiobooks!

  • brando56894

    I used to use Zinio for magazines but they took out magazines that contain nudity. Also it was kind of annoying to read on smaller screens because you had to zoom in and out constantly, something akin to currents would be nice!

  • Google

    So in other words exactly like iTunes. Hahaha, 

  • I still think the next thing Google needs to do is make a full music program like iTunes. I shouldn’t have to use iTunes to rip CD’s to get them on Google Music. I should have some way to play my music on my computer using Google Music even if I don’t have internet.

    I love Google Music on my phone but I wish I could have a better experience with it on my computer.

  • I bet they are. I also bet it won’t roll out for 6 months :/

  • I hope so. I have no interest in reading a book on my phone, but audio books would be awesome.

  • at least Google Play Books would finally make sense!

  • Im up for audiobooks, I hate paying so much from Audible.

  • viewthis74

    magazines?!?! GREAT!

  • New_Guy

    I’ve been waiting to hear this for a long time. YES!!!

  • DanSke

    Hmmm what kind of magazines, egh? *cue bwah-chicka-wah-wah*

  • [email protected]

    Id like the magazine part. I used to be subscribed to a few here and there and it would be awesome to read them from my phone.

  • RedPandaAlex

    I’m for Google trying to get as much revenue through digital content distribution as they can–they need to diversify their income. It can’t keep coming in only through ads. But I hope they’re not pushing magazines to use some sort of proprietary format for page layout.

    I’d get excited about it, but the only magazine I read isn’t going digital any time soon.

  • Michael_NM

    I will definitely “play” some audiobooks. Beats reading… 🙂

  • Ugh, every time I see that Adele album cover I wanna jab pencils in my ears.

    • Michael_NM

      That would make it very hard to use the audiobooks.

      • Asdfasdf

         no, that would make it very hard to use regular books.  Audiobooks however, would work fine.

  • It would certainly be nice to have a good place to go for audiobooks other than Audible.

    • Spartan1308

      Definitely agree.  I enjoy Audible, but some price competition would be awesome.  

      • Noyfb

        Just bought anthony bourdain’s book for .25 today. First time I have used Books on my g nex or ever, and I was quite surprised that the voice for assistant app was reading me the book aloud automatically after i opened it to read the table of contents. 
        Is this normal?