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B&N makes a play for your ears, launches its own Nook audiobook app

Barnes & Noble jumped on the audiobooks train on Wednesday with a brand-new app for Android called Nook Audiobooks. The app accompanies the Nook ebook app and offers a selection of 50,000 audiobooks.

Before you’ve even got to grips with the app, Barnes & Noble offers you a great deal — two free ebook downloads. Of course, the choice is limited to a handful of titles, including Seabiscuit, Ender’s Game, Gone Girl, The Heist, and Charlotte’s Web. Luckily, all of these audiobooks are bestsellers and are sure to catch the interest of many users.

Each audiobook has its own short sample clip to assess the narration. This feature is particularly handy when you’re looking for something new, and don’t know how the narrator sounds.

Barnes & Noble has included many free audiobooks, in addition to a wide range of popular paid audiobooks. Bestsellers including The Golem of Hollywood, Gone Girl, Mockingjay, I Am Malala, The Blood of Olympus, and more are available for purchase. Barnes & Noble also packed in the best audiobooks of works from popular authors like Jodi Picoult, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, and others.

The Nook Audiobooks app is available for most Android tablets and smartphones and you can find it in the Google Play Store. Barnes & Noble told DigitalTrends that an iOS version of the app is expected to debut in the spring of 2015.