Audiobooks.com has just announced that its audio books are now available with Android Auto, the infotainment operating system that hit the Google Play store in March 2015. This means that drivers can listen to any of Audiobooks.com’s titles in their cars and it also makes Audiobooks.com the first audio book provider to support Android Auto.

“The experience of using an application while you are on the road is entirely different than using it on a phone or a computer. We made integration with Android Auto a high priority because we wanted to give drivers the best audiobook experience that this new technology allows," said Ian Small, Audiobooks.com General Manager.

The Audiobooks.com application is available with all vehicles using Android Auto, from automakers that signed up as partners with Google for this new smartphone app. Brands include Acura, Maserati, Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Volvo, and more.

Audiobooks.com has over 60,000 titles in its library, some of which are free. Subscriptions are priced from $14.95 and get you one paid book per month and the ability to purchase more at any time. There’s also a free trial with one included premium title if you want to give it a try without getting a subscription.

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Why it matters

Though most people listen to either the radio or music selections of their own, Audiobooks.com argues that its audio books might become popular with drivers now that connected cars are clearly the way of the future.

We all know what happened when "The War of the Worlds" was first broadcast on the radio.

Given the demand for car infotainment systems has gone through the roof recently and that estimates from the GSMA say there will be over 60 million connected cars on the road by 2020, Audiobooks.com may have a point.

This massive surge in popularity for vehicles with infotainment systems also comes from the fact that, according to recent studies, Americans spends more than 100 hours a year commuting to and from work and about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.

Being able to listen to music or the radio definitely makes the time spent in traffic more enjoyable, and the availability of audio books should enhance the experience even further.

Careful what you play though, we all know what happened when "The War of the Worlds" was first broadcast on the radio.

Press Release

Audiobooks.com announced today its support for Android Auto, enabling users to enhance their in-car listening experience.. Audiobooks.com is the first and only audiobooks application supporting the Android Auto platform. Driving will never be the same again.

Audiobooks.com’s philosophy is to provide easy and convenient ways for people to enjoy audiobooks, wherever and however they prefer to listen to them. Demand for car infotainment systems and in-car listening is skyrocketing, which led Audiobooks.com to make the in- vehicle experience a high priority in guiding product development.

Estimates from the GSMA and others say that there will be over 60 million connected cars on the road in five years. BI Intelligence published a report predicting that car-focused telecom, hardware, and software will drive $51 billion in annual revenue by 2018. Connected cars are clearly the way of the future, and Audiobooks.com is the first audiobooks provider to take advantage of this new and exciting market.

“The experience of using an application while you are on the road is entirely different than using it on a phone or a computer,” said Ian Small, Audiobooks.com General Manager. “We made integration with Android Auto a high priority because we wanted to give drivers the best audiobook experience that this new technology allows. Our goal is to revolutionize the in-car experience, and to make the 100+ hours a year Americans spend commuting to work and 38 hours a year stuck in traffic more enjoyable.”

Android Auto is an infotainment operating system that puts maps, music, calls, and text into a car-friendly interface. The app hit the Google Play store in March of 2015 and has a long list of top car companies signed up as partners, including Acura, Maserati, Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Volvo, and more.

In addition to the Android Auto support, Audiobooks.com is also the only audiobook app to support Apple’s new in¬-car platform, CarPlay. The company recently released a new version of its iOS app that is fully supported by and optimized for Apple CarPlay. Audiobooks.com also has relationships with top car manufacturers and its service is available around the world, in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With a footprint of this breadth and depth, Audiobooks.com is the leading in-vehicle audiobook provider on the market.

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