Building on the success of its podcasts, Spotify decided to explore new horizons and offer another service to its subscribers. As the Apple Insider site tells us, the music streaming giant is now launching into audiobooks. The arrival of this service is part of Spotify's strategy to diversify its offer.
This new option should appeal to reading enthusiasts who want to discover or rediscover the great classics of Anglo-Saxon literature. On the other hand, it allows Spotify to gain a foothold in a market that is already dominated by platforms like Audible Amazon or Apple Book. At the moment, the Swedish streaming service only offers 9 audiobooks in its library.
These audio books are still only available in the language of Shakespeare. This offer should therefore allow you to revise your English.
Books read by celebrities
Spotify has gone to great lengths to promote its audiobooks. To make you want to listen to them, the Swedish giant called on renowned actors or even famous YouTubers. Luckily, The Hollywood Reporter was able to get their hands on the list of audiobooks available for the launch of this offering.
“The Awakening” by Kate Chopin is read by Hilary Swank. Audra McDonald is responsible for reading "Cane", a book by Jean Troomer. The reading of "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley belongs to David Dobrik. To read "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens, we have James Langton. Sarah Coombs reads "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.
A service available to all Spotify subscribers
The actor Forest Whitaker was chosen to read "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave" by Frederick Douglass. Finally, the books "Passing" by Nella Larsen, "Persuasion" by Jane Austen and "Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane are read respectively by Bahni Turpin, Cynthia Erivo and Santino Fontana.
Spotify has also produced a documentary series called “Sitting with the Classics on Spotify. It is presented by Professor Glenda Carpio, Harvard University. The latter dissects the stories and subjects covered in these 9 audio books.
This service is available to all Spotify subscribers. Whether it is Premium or not.