Spotify brings audiobooks to U.S. users with a catalog of 300,000 titles to start
By Editor - Tue Sep 20, 6:08 am
Spotify is today launching support for audiobooks on its streaming service, offering a third type of audio content for its customers beyond music and podcasts. Initially, audiobooks will be made available to U.S. users who will be able to access a selection of some 300,000 titles, recommended by Spotify editors. But over time, the company says it plans to expand audiobooks to other markets, grow its selection, and begin to use algorithmic recommendations to suggest books to users, as it does now with its other audio formats. The titles will be discoverable in a new “Audiobooks” hub in the Spotify app and in other areas, including users’ curated recommendations, where they can be purchased a la carte. Like other audiobook services, Spotify will offer a set of standard features, including the ability to download titles for offline listening, adjust the playback speed, rate titles, and listen across devices. Unlike other platforms, however, every title is individually priced instead of there being a single, consistent price across all books in the catalog.
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