Google introduces new features for Google Play Books that make life easier for audiobook lovers. Google Play Books users can now set any number of bookmarks in an audiobook so they can return to favorite parts first. There's also a new Smart Resume feature, integration with the Google Routines feature, better speed control, and family library support on Google Play Books in thirteen other countries. The new features will be active in the Google Play Books app from this point in time, and will largely cover both audiobooks and standard-sized books read using the "Google Play Books Read Aloud" feature.
Play Store's Family Library feature is now available for books in 13 new countries. If you live in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Mexico, South Africa or Japan, you can now share selected books with up to five family members as you like apps and games. In Japan, however, this only applies to audiobooks. The new Smart Resume feature lets a book's comment break at the beginning of the last word or phrase after an interruption, rather than appearing in the middle of a word. Speed controls have also been improved, and books can be read as slow as half speed or up to three times normal speed. Finally, the Google Assistant routines feature, prompted to "report on my day," can now also include an audiobook from your Google Play Books library.
These new features put more emphasis on audiobooks after launch so they can be sold directly to the Play Store not too long ago. All features in this update are designed to enhance the audiobook experience and allow users to spend more time reading their literature. This step will also be taken soon after Google Home Audio Book Assist is activated, making reading at home as easy as Google's request to read something from your collection. The extension of the family library to other countries makes all types of content more accessible to Google Play users around the world.