Spotify subscribers in Australia can now look forward to a little more than music and podcasts. The audio streaming service is set to rival Audible with the launch of its audiobook service in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the UK. The extensive catalogue of over 300,000 books will be available within a new ‘Audiobooks’ section in the Spotify app.
If like me, you’re also scrambling to complete your Goodreads Reading Challenge before the year ends, you know Audiobooks can be pretty handy. They are increasingly changing the way we consume books and providing an alternative when reading can be a challenge.
Offerings include Aussie favourites like Jane Harper’s The Dry, Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, The Boy from Boomerang Crescent by Eddie Betts and Liane Moriarty’s bestsellers including Apples Never Fall and Big Little Lies.
Grab a drink and enjoy a lazy afternoon reading in the sun with new titles like Book Lovers by Emily Henry and The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner. Plus find all the Harry Potter books, Richard Osman’s charming and entertaining Thursday Murder Club Series, Stephen King’s extensive and enthralling bibliography and heaps more.
The wide assortment of audiobooks spans a variety of genres including thrillers, fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and autobiographies. The big catch is that audiobooks cannot be downloaded directly on the app. You need to purchase them via Spotify’s website although they’re available to listen on the app. Also, rather than paying a subscription charge in exchange for access to the full library, each audiobook will need to be purchased individually.
Much like with music and podcasts, Spotify eventually plans to use algorithmic recommendations to suggest audiobook titles to users. Head to Spotify’s website for more information.