Spotify is set to revolutionize the audiobook industry with an exciting new offering for its Premium subscribers. Starting today, Premium users in the UK and Australia can enjoy up to 15 hours of free audiobooks each month. This feature will arrive in the winter in the US.
This game-changing move grants Spotify Premium members access to a vast library of 150,000 audiobooks. The extensive collection spans bestsellers, timeless classics, and the latest releases from prominent publishers. Which include Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster.
Spotify Premium Audiobooks
To access these audiobooks, Premium users can navigate to the dedicated “Books” tab within the Spotify app. Here, they can explore content by categories, ratings, reviews, or recommendations curated by Spotify’s editorial team. A unique feature allows listeners to sample snippets of various titles, eliminating the need to commit to a single audiobook.
If listeners exceed their allotted 15 hours, then Spotify offers a convenient top-up option. For just $9.99/ £9.99 or AU$11.99, users can extend their listening time by an additional 10 hours.
Spotify’s decision to embrace audiobooks is poised to invigorate the industry, fostering innovation and unparalleled discoverability for authors, publishers, and creators. Company aims to attract even more users to Spotify’s Premium subscription, which, at $9.9/ £9.99 per month. In Premium subscription, users gets ad-free music streaming, offline listening, and a range of other benefits.
While Spotify is not the first music streaming platform to incorporate audiobooks. But definitely it is the first to provide free audiobooks as an integral part of its Premium subscription. Competitors like Apple Music and Amazon Music offer audiobooks but require separate subscriptions or individual purchases to access them.
With over 400 million active users globally, including 165 million Premium subscribers, Spotify continues to expand its content portfolio beyond music. The platform’s previous forays into podcasts, video podcasts, and original shows have been well-received. Now, the addition of audiobooks solidifies Spotify’s position as a comprehensive hub for audio entertainment, further diversifying its offerings and appealing to a broader audience.