Spotify isn’t limiting its audio aspirations to podcasts and music. Today the company revealed it’s furthering its audiobook experiments with the release of 9 brand-new audiobooks available solely in the app. As initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter, amongst the works, which are all part of the public domain, are David Dobrik narrating Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Forest Whitaker reading Frederick Douglass’ memoir Story of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; and Hilary Swank telling Kate Chopin’s The Awakening It’s likewise launching an accompanying audio series called Sitting with the Classics on Spotify, a show in which Harvard teacher Glenda Carpio explains the stories’ histories and stories for a modern-day listenership.
Although this is Spotify’s most significant effort in audiobooks to date, it’s not its first attempt. The company initially partnered with J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to release Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in audio kind
The choice to pursue audiobooks is interesting, specifically offered the reality that the business is starting out with public domain works, meaning Spotify does not need to pay to license them. It’s a lower-risk investment for the business, which it might require given that some analysts are beginning to recommend customers to offer their stock because they don’t see podcasting efforts yielding high returns.