Spotify isn’t limiting its audio ambitions to podcasts and music. In the present day the corporate introduced it’s furthering its audiobook experiments with the discharge of 9 new audiobooks out there solely within the app. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, among the many 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 collection known as Sitting with the Classics on Spotify, a present by which Harvard professor Glenda Carpio explains the tales’ histories and narratives for a contemporary listenership.
Though that is Spotify’s largest effort in audiobooks so far, it’s not its first try. The corporate first partnered with J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to launch Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone in audio type. The chapters, which got here out weekly, featured celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, and David Beckham. (The present now not seems to be listed in Spotify, however we’ve reached out for clarification and can replace if we hear again.)
The choice to pursue audiobooks is fascinating, particularly given the truth that the corporate is beginning out with public area works, which means Spotify doesn’t should pay to license them. It’s a lower-risk funding for the corporate, which it would want on condition that some analysts are starting to advise purchasers to promote their inventory as a result of they don’t see podcasting efforts yielding excessive returns.