Reports circulated yesterday claiming Google is set to launch audio books, magazines and journals under its new Google Play service after the Internet giant slipped and included the respective categories within the Google Play Help Center.
With that said, the Audio Books sections are no longer listed in the Google Play Help Center. This link previously routed people to the Audio Books page, but now it is a generic Help page. [The screenshot to the right depicts what was formerly witnessed.] It seems Google was quick to fix the blunder.
Google Play apparently included an empty “Audio Books” page when it launched on Tuesday. There were also two subgenres appearing with a similar name in the Help Center called “audio books” and “audiobooks.” The discovery of these sections confused many, because Google’s eBookstore does not currently sell audio books.
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According to Google Operating System, Google registered a slew of domains recently, such as googleplaymovies.com, googleplaytv.com, googleplaynewspapers.com, and googleplaymagazines.com. The domains indicate Google Play might offer subscriptions to a variety of content other than apps in the near future.
It would make sense for Google to move into audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, catalogs, etc., to bulk its current offerings, because the progression would only boost the Android Market rebranding effort into a more iTunes-like experience. Meanwhile, Google is in the midst of developing an Amazon-like experience through organizing purchased eBooks under its former eBookstore.
It is worth noting there are also magazines offered in the eBooks portal, which is a separate website from the books search engine that now directs to Google Play. However, Google is bound to merge the websites and then integrate them with Google Play for a more streamlined find-and-purchase content process.