Spotify has Amazon’s Audible in its site after launching Premium Audiobooks.
Lead image: Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO, Spotify.
The new feature will have a catalogue of 150,000 audiobooks now available for up to 15 hours of listening per month.
Launching first in Australia and the UK, the introduction of Premium Audiobooks shows Spotify’s evolution as a platform. Last month it also launched an AI-powered DJ feature to Premium users in Australia.
Currently, the two main options for Aussies wanting to listen to books are Audible and Audiobooks.com. Audible is owned by Amazon with the month-to-month membership costing $16.45 per month, whilst Audiobooks.com will cost you $14.95.
Spotify Premium Audiobooks will include 70 per cent of recent bestselling titles from around the world from top publishers including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and RB Media, as well as independent publishers such as Dreamscape and Pushkin.
Users will get access to 15 hours of audiobook listening each month as part of their existing premium subscription. Additional 10-hour allocations can be purchased as top-ups whenever needed.
Any audiobook marked as “Included in Premium” can be listened to with a Spotify Premium subscription and users will be able to track their monthly audiobook listening time and see how much they have left at any point in their in-app settings.
Premium subscribers can download audiobooks for offline listening, and Spotify’s automatic bookmarking feature saves their place so they can easily pick up where they left off.
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