SPOTIFY’s major upgrade to its app has seen the introduction of audiobooks for UK users.
You can now purchase hundreds of thousands listen-along books on the app.
In September of last year, audiobooks started appearing in America for subscribers. Now, it is available in Australia (UK), Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Australia.
“Users will be able to purchase and listen to a catalogue of more than 300,000 audiobook titles,” Spotify explanation.
“Whether by cosying up on a rainy afternoon, or listening on the go, there’s something for everyone.”
The audiobooks will be available on Spotify along with music and podcasts.
These will appear in searches if they already exist.
The app will also offer audiobook suggestions in its Home section.
Audiobook recommendations are currently made by editorial staff at Spotify – but eventually algorithms will be able to make suggestions too.
The books will only be available for purchase once.
It’s also possible to view the content free of charge before buying it.
This complete list includes books by Michelle Obama and Sally Rooney.
The book also includes Tom Felton, Harry Potter’s star and author of Beyond The Wang; as well as Alex Scott’s autobiography “How (Not) to Be Strong”.
Unfortunately, there’s a huge catch.
It is currently not possible to purchase audiobooks through the app.
A pop-up window appears when you attempt to listen an audiobook you don’t have. It reads “Want to hear? The app doesn’t allow you to purchase audiobooks.
“We know, it’s not ideal.”
Spotify has no link for audiobooks to be purchased.
Instead, you will have to manually navigate to Spotify.com using a browser.
This may be an attempt to avoid paying Apple and Google for in-app transactions.
It’s impossible to predict when or if this will happen.
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