The music streaming service Spotify now also sells audio books. So far, however, only customers in the USA can access it. A new user interface has also been introduced that is designed for listening to audio books.
Starting today, in addition to music and podcasts, users in the US can also find audiobooks on Spotify as a section in their library, in search, and in their curated recommendations in Home.
Audiobooks appear with a lock icon on the play button to signal that they must be purchased in order to listen to them. Users who discover audiobooks in the Spotify app can purchase them through a website.
When they return to Spotify, the book is automatically saved to their library and can be listened to at any time. Almost 300,000 audio books are currently available on Spotify, Audible has more than double the number.
Listeners can download content to listen offline, and the auto-bookmarking feature remembers where they left off so they can easily pick up. There’s also a speed control with a variety of options to speed up or slow down the tempo.
Whether Spotify wants to expand to other countries is not known.
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