Spotify isn’t limiting its audio ambitions to podcasts and music. Today the company announced it’s furthering its audiobook experiments with the discharge of 9 new audiobooks obtainable solely within the app. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, among the works, that are all a part of the general public area, are David Dobrik narrating Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Forest Whitaker studying Frederick Douglass’ memoir Narrative of the Lifetime of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; and Hilary Swank narrating Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. It’s additionally releasing an accompanying audio series called Sitting with the Classics on Spotify, a present during which Harvard professor Glenda Carpio explains the tales’ histories and narratives for a contemporary listenership.
Though that is Spotify’s largest effort in audiobooks up to now, it’s not its first try. The company first partnered with J.Ok. Rowling’s Wizarding World to launch Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone in audio kind. The chapters, which got here out weekly, featured celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, and David Beckham. (The present not seems to be listed in Spotify, however we’ve reached out for clarification and can replace if we hear again.)
The decision to pursue audiobooks is interesting, especially given the fact that the company is beginning out with public area works, that means Spotify doesn’t should pay to license them. It’s a lower-risk funding for the company, which it’d want given that some analysts are beginning to advise shoppers to promote their stock as a result of they don’t see podcasting efforts yielding excessive returns.