Classic books have been released on the platform.
Spotify is now one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world. With millions of songs and podcasts accessible right on your device, it has become a staple part of everyone’s must-have apps. This success also led to the company experimenting with new features that go beyond streaming, and it looks like it found its next target: audiobooks.
One of the new features coming to Spotify is audiobooks, which puts it in direct competition with services like Audible. In fact, Spotify has already released several classic audiobooks that you can access today on the streaming service.
Spotify has even partnered with several celebrities to record these audiobooks – Forest Whitaker, Hilary Swank, and David Dobrik all lend their voice to narrate the classics. Considering that the audiobook market is currently valued at $2.7 billion, it’s no surprise why Spotify is looking to expand its services.
Some of the available audiobooks on Spotify include:
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass, narrated by Forest Whitaker
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin, narrated by Hilary Swank
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, narrated by David Dobrik
- Persuasion by Jane Austin, narrated by Cynthia Erivo
- Cane by Jean Toomer, narrated by Audra McDonald
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, narrated 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
At the moment, Spotify is experimenting on how the audiobooks will sit with users and looking on how to improve the experience. One thing’s for sure, there’s a good chance it can earn more subscribers by introducing this service in addition to music and podcasts.
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