Spotify launches audiobooks
The Related Press – Sep 20, 2022 / 2:38 pm | Story: 386125
The increasing audio books market has a significant new retailer: Spotify.
On Tuesday, the music streaming service introduced its long-rumored audiobook initiative, launching a retailer that features greater than 300,000 titles, together with such widespread works as Delia Owens’ “The place the Crawdads Sing,” Michelle Obama’s “Turning into” and Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us.” Spotify has beforehand provided audio books on a restricted foundation, together with J.Okay. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and such public area novels as Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”
“We’ve at all times believed that the potential for audio is limitless, and have been saying for some time now that our ambition is to be the whole bundle for everybody’s listening wants,” Nir Zicherman, Spotify’s vice chairman and world head of audiobooks and Gated Content material, stated Tuesday.
“Audiobooks are subsequent to come back into the image as a result of we see a considerable untapped market: whereas audiobooks signify only a 6-7% share of the broader guide market, the class is rising by 20% 12 months over 12 months.”
Different accessible works embody Dave Grohl’s “The Storyteller,” James McBride’s “Deacon King Kong” and Emily Henry’s “Folks We Meet On Trip.”
No less than initially, Spotify will promote audio books individually, not on a subscription foundation, at costs which might be “aggressive” with different sellers. In accordance with a Spotify spokesperson, “After assessing testing and consumer analysis, we discovered that the perfect preliminary providing would enable customers to buy books individually,” a coverage which “permits for pricing flexibility and for extra informal listeners to entry audio books simply.”