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4 new ways to enjoy reading with Google Play Books

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To encourage everyone to take more time out of their day to read, Google Play Books has expanded its collection of Read & Listen ebooks for kids and brought audiobook previews to YouTube — at no additional charge to you. Plus, there are new ways for you to track and find upcoming books.

Explore 300+ great ebooks for kids available at no charge

Kids and families can browse a newly expanded selection of over 300 nonfiction ebooks available at no charge. These books all feature a Read & Listen option, which allows readers to hear the entire ebook read out loud while the pages turn automatically.

A collection of children’s ebooks offering Read & listen option in the Google Play Books webstore

Discover new audiobooks with the Google Play Books YouTube channel

Head over to the Google Play Books channel on YouTube to listen to thousands of audiobook previews, at no cost to you. All of these samples are already available in the Google Play Books store via the Android app, iOS app and web so you also have the option to listen there. Whether you’re on the hunt for an enthralling science fiction saga, a new celebrity memoir or a swoonworthy romance listen, you’re sure to find a book that’s right for you. Don’t forget to wishlist your favorites on Google Play Books to build out your “To listen” list.

Find future reads with the “Upcoming” section in Google Play Books Android app

To keep track of your books and stay up-to-date on upcoming releases, head to the new “Upcoming” section in the “Library” tab in the Play Books Android app. In this section, you can easily see all your pre-orders in one location on a calendar that can be filtered based on specific series or authors. Books available for pre-order from authors and series you’ve shown interest in may also appear in “Upcoming”.

Get Reading Rewards digital stickers

To make reading experiences more engaging and rewarding, kids can now earn Reading Rewards digital stickers when reading children’s books in the Play Books Android app or on Google Kids Space. Reading Rewards are granted when kids reach a reading goal or milestone. From the Kid Reader toolbar, kids can easily access their “Prizes” and track all the stickers they’ve collected.

After completing a children’s ebook, a reader can choose one of three digital sticker reward options: a pair of sunglasses, a happy witch, and a campfire

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