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The Play Store is offering nearly 30 kids' books for free

The Play Store is offering nearly 30 kids' books for free

I'm not a parent, but I can imagine that many are getting driven insane by their kids now that everyone's stuck at home. If you're looking for a cost-effective way to potentially calm them down, the Google Play Store is currently offering almost 30 books, with some reading for a variety of age groups.

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Sesame Street eBooks are free on Amazon, Google Play, and other platforms

Sesame Street eBooks are free on Amazon, Google Play, and other platforms

Many companies and organizations are working to make movies, TV shows, books, and other entertainment free (or cheaper, at least) for folks stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Sling TV has free movies and TV shows, 24 Hour Fitness made some of its premium features free for everyone, and now the makers of Sesame Street have made over 100 eBooks free on various platforms.

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Google's 15-year-old 'Books' preservation project receives a Material redesign and added functionality

Google's 15-year-old 'Books' preservation project receives a Material redesign and added functionality

Google has steadily been bringing its newest Material Theme to an ever-expanding list of products. After hitting the more popular apps, like the Play Store and the productivity suite in Drive, Google has moved on to bringing its less popular offerings into the fold. First, Blogger received a surprise coat of Material Design paint, and now the 15-year-old book preservation project, Google Books, is getting the same treatment.

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Google Play Books v5.1 adds audio quality and skip duration settings for audiobooks [APK Teardown]

Google Play Books v5.1 adds audio quality and skip duration settings for audiobooks [APK Teardown]

Google Play Books adopted the latest iteration of the Google Material theme back in January, doing away with the colorful version that exemplified the original Material Design. This update doesn't have quite as many striking changes, but it does bring functional improvements and a little more customizability to some of the features. Most of the additions are focused on Audiobooks, but you'll also find new icons for the app shortcuts.

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Google emphasizes Apps and Games in latest Play Store layout, hides media tabs

Google emphasizes Apps and Games in latest Play Store layout, hides media tabs

It was only a few weeks ago that we spotted a small change in the Play Store's tab layout that would completely separate apps and games. The modification we are seeing today takes a page out of that book, but feels more like a regression than an improvement.

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Hands-on: Elegant bucket list app 'Soon' launches on Android

Hands-on: Elegant bucket list app 'Soon' launches on Android

In a world that bombards us with things to do, it can be tough to stay on top of everything we think is worth checking out. Movies we want to see, music to listen to, books to read, restaurants to try, and places to go, there's just so much to do and almost no central way to keep track of all of this. You can use a simple list app, like Google Keep for example, but where's the fun in that? Now there's a new way to stay on top of your bucket list: Soon.

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Update Notes for the Google app, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 2018)

Update Notes for the Google app, Gmail, Translate, Home, Play Books, and Fit (November 21, 2018)

Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play has savings on creepy movies, books, and TV in time for Halloween

[Deal Alert] Google Play has savings on creepy movies, books, and TV in time for Halloween

That spookiest of days, Halloween, is nearly upon us, and to celebrate, Google's running sales on all the creepy media you could possibly want. Right now, you can score some solid discounts on seasonally appropriate movies, books, and TV shows on Google Play.

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Google Play Books v4.3 adds Trim Silences option to the audiobook player [APK Download]

Google Play Books v4.3 adds Trim Silences option to the audiobook player [APK Download]

Listening to any spoken format, whether it's podcasts or audiobooks, is bound to come with some pauses. If you're bothered by that sort of thing and want to keep things running as smoothly as possible, the latest Play Books update will help you with that. There's a new option that will do some basic audio magic to detect longer moments of silence and cut them down so you won't have to sit through any long gaps in sound.

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[Free Alert] Amazon offering 20 books to Prime subscribers, including those from Neil deGrasse Tyson and Margaret Atwood, for absolutely free

[Free Alert] Amazon offering 20 books to Prime subscribers, including those from Neil deGrasse Tyson and Margaret Atwood, for absolutely free

An Amazon Prime membership comes with a slew of benefits. Most people are familiar with the free two-day shipping, Prime Video, and Prime Photos, but the company also offers other services like free Twitch Prime, discounts at Whole Foods, and more. For the more avid readers out there, there's the $9.99/month Kindle Unlimited plan, but that's just a waste of money for most people. But Amazon is currently offering 20 books to regular Prime members to borrow for absolutely free via Prime Reading, and there are some popular titles in there.

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