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Audiobooks on Spotify Premium: The Pros and Cons

Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service, has recently added a new feature to its premium subscription: audiobooks. This means that you can now listen to hundreds of classic and contemporary books, narrated by some of the best voice actors and celebrities, without paying extra.

- Based on Spotify's news release published on October 3, 2023 and an article by Cliff Weitzman on Speechify, published earlier, on May 6, 2023.

But is this a good idea for avid readers and audiobook fans? According to Speechify, a leading app for text-to-speech and audiobook creation, there are some pros and cons of using Spotify for audiobooks.

Some of the advantages are:

  • You can access a large and diverse library of audiobooks, from novels and memoirs to poetry and self-help books, with just one subscription.

  • You can enjoy high-quality audio production and narration, featuring stars like Hilary Swank, Forest Whitaker, Cynthia Erivo, and David Dobrik.

  • You can easily switch between listening to music and audiobooks, depending on your mood and preference.

Some of the disadvantages are:

  • You can only listen to the audiobooks that Spotify offers, which may not include the latest releases or your favorite genres and authors.

  • You can’t adjust the playback speed, pitch, or tone of the narrator’s voice, which may affect your listening experience and comprehension.

  • You can’t bookmark, highlight, or take notes on the audiobooks, which may limit your learning and retention.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced it on this video.

So, should you use Spotify for audiobooks? The answer depends on your personal taste and needs. If you are looking for a convenient and affordable way to enjoy some great books, Spotify may be a good option for you. But if you want more control and customization over your audiobooks, you may want to try other apps like Speechify.


Summary by The New Bing AI

Illustrations taken on the Spotify news release


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