Spotify expands and releases section for audiobooks

Spotify offers audiobooks: Spotify expands and releases section for audiobooks. The section start with nine stories initially.
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Spotify offers audiobooks:┬áSpotify is also entering the world of audiobooks. There are now nine books available, spoken by voices you may recognize. So if you’ve heard all the music on the platform once and finished the podcast section, you now have even more content to listen to.

Spotify offers audiobooks

Although the nine selected books are part of the public domain, the recordings available on Spotify are exclusive to the platform. The company examines with the nine books whether listeners are interested in this and whether this is a valuable addition to the music streaming service. Each audiobook also has a ten to fifteen minute addition, in which Harvard professor Glenda Carpio explains more about the history, stories and themes.

These are the nine stories:

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, as told by David Dobrik
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass, as told by Forest Whitaker
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin, narrated by Hilary Swank
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen, as told by Cynthia Erivo
  • Cane by Jean Toomer, narrated by Audra McDonald
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, as told by James Langton
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, narrated, by Sarah Coombs
  • Passing by Nella Larsen, narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, narrated by Santino Fontana

According to The Hollywood Reporter CEO Daniel Ek saw the value of audiobooks when he realized how popular they are among German users. Not long after that, a vacancy appeared for someone who is going to work with audiobooks and now we have arrived at this point.

This is not the first time that Spotify has experimented with audiobooks. Last year, the platform released the books Harry Potter to the music streaming service, where Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham and Dakota Fanning were the narrators. We have not heard from it since then.