Spotify has published a dozen audiobooks on its platform. (Photo: 123RF)
The online music platform Spotify has launched several audiobooks in its colors, classic works that have fallen into the public domain and narrated by big names in the show, such as actress Hilary Swank or comedian Forest Whitaker.
Asked by AFP, a spokesperson for Spotify said that this launch was part of “tests” that the Swedish group regularly “to improve listening to our users.”
“Some of these tests pave the way for wider deployment and others are only for valuable learning,” added the spokesperson, without further clarification.
Audiobooks have been around for a long time on the platform, but this is the first time Spotify has placed copies in its colors and produced by the group itself, after the Harry Potter trial run last spring.
The nine audiobooks, in English, were posted online Friday, including The Awakening of American Writer Kate Chopin, read by Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, and The Life of Frederick Douglass, American Slave, autobiography of the former American slave turned activist, narrated by Forest Whitaker.
Spotify also called on YouTuber David Dobrik to read the Frankenstein of the British Mary Shelley, or the British actress Cynthia Erivo for Persuasion of the English writer Jane Austen.
Listen like a podcast
The works, which were first posted online by The Hollywood Reporter, are divided into short chapters that can be listened to like an episode podcast.
To accompany these audiobooks, Spotify has uploaded an audio series titled “Sitting with the Classics” in which Harvard English and American literature professor Glenda Carpio gives a short analysis of each work.
In early May 2020, Spotify had published, on its platform, an audio version of the first volume of the Harry Potter literary series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, read by celebrities, in particular by actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played the famous wizard with glasses at the cinema.
In August, the group posted an ad to recruit a head of audiobooks, a sign of its new ambition in this market, today dominated by Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon.
Known to be a music platform originally, Spotify has made podcasts a growth driver since early 2019, and now seems to be taking a closer look at audiobooks, the only literary publishing sector to post premium rates. double-digit annual growth.