Spotify audiobooks have long been something most Spotify users wanted, as well as anyone unhappy with Amazon’s model.
Now, US Spotify users have the option to enjoy audiobooks straight in the app, thanks to a library of 300,000 books now available on Spotify.
You can browse for new books to listen to and sample them before you buy, though you’ll be sent off-app to buy the audiobook from the publisher.
Just like on Apple Books, publishers can set their own price, a difference from Audible, where a user has to pay $14.95 per month to get a single credit which can unlock a single book, regardless of its price.
“While we have ambitions to introduce new audiobook business models in the future, in speaking with partners across the industry, we felt that à la carte was the best way to begin activating audiobooks, and learning from how people interact with individual titles,” said Nir Zicherman from Spotify.
However, while this might sound very good for now, don’t fall in love with Spotify just yet because this statement might hide some pesky ads.
As The Verge notes, during Spotify’s Investor Day in June, the company’s chief of content and advertising said that they’re looking into opportunities to “advertise within audiobooks”.
While Spotify audiobooks don’t have ads just yet, the company is considering that option.