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Spotify expands audiobooks into the UK, Eire, Australia, and New Zealand, with a catalog of greater than 300,000 titles.
Spotify customers within the UK, Eire, Australia, and New Zealand, can now buy and take heed to a catalog of greater than 300,000 audiobook titles. From Tom Felton’s new memoir Past the Wand, Alex Scott’s autobiography How (Not) to Be Sturdy, to Richard Osman’s newest homicide thriller novel The Bullet That Missed, followers of fiction and non-fiction will discover loads of previous and new favorites alike.
Customers can discover audiobooks on Spotify alongside music and podcasts as a piece of their library, in search, and their suggestions on the Dwelling display screen. Books can be accessible for a one-time buy, and customers can preview the content material totally free earlier than buying.
As with music, listeners can obtain audiobooks for offline listening, and an computerized bookmarking characteristic saves your home so you may decide up studying the place you left off. Velocity controls can management the tempo of the narration for customers who wish to get by means of a ebook extra rapidly or decelerate the tempo for dramatic impact. Like different audiobook providers, listeners can fee a title they’ve learn and think about its cumulative rating.
“That is just the start of Spotify’s audiobooks journey,” says the corporate. “We’ve been working to create a seamless audiobooks expertise, and we’ll proceed to construct and innovate on this sooner or later.”
Spotify launched audiobooks within the US in September, stating that the growth was proof that “audio and long-form content material is a a lot larger enterprise than many would have thought.” Whereas audiobooks signify only a 6 to 7% share of the broader ebook market, the corporate says that the class is rising by 20% year-on-year.
The streaming big beforehand made a big push into podcasts, gobbling up audio software program firms to make it simpler for would-be creators to provide content material and episodic reveals on their platform. Spotify additionally secured offers with high-profile creators and celebrities like Joe Rogan, the Obamas, and YouTube star Emma Chamberlain.