Spotify is testing audiobooks starting with literary classics like "Frankenstein"

26 Janvier, 2021, 23:52 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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The audiobooks, categorized as podcasts, are divided into chapters and billed (in a brief introduction) as "Audiobook Classics on Spotify".

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Spotify has launched a new collection of audiobooks on its streaming service, setting the company up for a battle against other audiobook providers like Apple Books and Amazon's Audible.

To accompany these audiobooks, Spotify has uploaded an audio series titled "Sitting with the Classics" in which Harvard English and American literature professor Glenda Carpio gives a short analysis of each work.

Once Spotify dominates the music market, they ventured into podcasting, now one of, if not the dominate force in the industry. The company has experimented with audiobooks before, bringing the first book in the Harry Potter series to the platform past year with narration by celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham, and Dakota Fanning, but we hadn't heard anything since then.

These few audiobooks now on the platform seem to be the initial test from Spotify, as they likely hope to host the millions of audiobooks in existence on platforms such as Audible in the future.

This will, however, be the first time that Spotify has launched a bigger collection of novels.

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The launch of classic audiobooks on Spotify is part of the company's move into other types of audio products aside from music streaming.

The streaming platform has made this clear in the recent past with world-renowned figures signing exclusive podcast deals.

These include agreements with Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian-West, and Joe Rogan, which are created to attract more users to the platform.

Spotify is also reportedly considering a separate premium podcast subscription, which would include exclusive extra content and remove advertisements entirely from podcasts.

The collection now consists of nine novels that are available to the public alongside a series dubbed Sitting with the Classics on Spotify.

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