Spotify goes to audiobooks

Spotify goes to audiobooks

Violet Field inHigh TechJan 30, 2021 2 min read1 views

Spotify offers to (re) discover nine classics of Anglo-Saxon literature read by personalities

After podcasts, the leader in music streaming services is opening up a new type of content, that of audiobooks. One way for Spotify to diversify its offer and therefore to attract more and more subscribers. It is also an opportunity for the Swedish service to compete with platforms such as Apple Book and Audible from Amazon.

At present, the Swedish service's audio library is still small, with only 9 audiobooks. Spotify has nevertheless been particularly well surrounded to enter the audiobook market since it has called on several celebrities, including actor Forest Whitaker who reads Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, the actress Hilary Swank reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening, and YouTuber David Dobrik reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

The rest of the library is made up of other literary classics - which have now fallen into the public domain - including Les Grandes Espérances by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Spotify goes to audiobooks - Geeko

For all subscribers

Each book is accompanied by a presentation in the form of a podcast “Sitting with the Classic on Spotify”, produced by the streaming platform and hosted by Harvard University professor Glenda Carpio.

Audiobooks are available to all subscribers - Premium or not - around the world, but it will be imperative to master the language of Shakespeare to enjoy them since audiobooks are currently only available in English.

This is not the first time that Spotify has entered the audiobook business. The Swedish service had already embarked on the adventure a few months ago, with the publication of an audio version of the first volume of Harry Potter read by several actors and actresses, including Daniel Radcliffe. With the publication of these 9 new audiobooks, Spotify shows its wish to launch more concretely in this market.