03 June 2021
Spotify has signed a deal with Storytel that will see it deliver audiobooks to users. The announcement was made by both the companies in their respective press releases. The expansion is part of Spotify's ultimate goal of becoming a one-stop destination for all audio needs of users around the world.
The deal will allow Storytel subscribers to listen to their favorite audiobooks using the Spotify app. The integration between the two services will go live later in 2021 but an exact date is unknown. Once it becomes available, users will have to link their Storytel account with Spotify to get started. This will likely fetch their whole library of audiobooks and make them accessible directly through Spotify's applications.
It should be noted you will still have to subscribe to Storytel through its own official website or apps. The deal simply means an additional way for users to listen to their audiobooks. Spotify will not be selling any of the audiobooks or subscriptions. If you are someone who does not want to go to Spotify and prefers Storytel's apps for listening, you will be allowed to do that as well.
For the uninitiated, Storytel is one of the leading audiobook services in the world. It boasts over 500,000 audiobooks spread across various genres/languages and available in 25 countries. It also offers eBooks that can be read from anywhere but the aforementioned deal only covers audiobooks.
Jonas Tellander, Founder and CEO of Storytel said,
“Partnering with Spotify will make amazing audiobook experiences and exciting authorships easier than ever to access for our customers, while we will also be tapping into the opportunity of reaching new audiences who are on Spotify today, but have not yet experienced the magic of audiobooks.”