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Spotify enters the growing audio book market: Here are some free audio book alternatives.

Spotify launches audiobook store with  300,000 titles with a basic service that was initially made available to the American market in its announcement post on Tuesday. Any purchased title can also be downloaded for offline listening.

Additionally, the corporation promised that customers could alter the audio’s tempo. The various speed settings are comparable to already-available features in the app that “retain audio quality while enabling adjustability. The business noted that, at least for now, no advertisements are currently playing in audiobooks.

In a press release the company said, “The Spotify you know and love is getting a lot bigger with the addition of a catalog of content that users have been requesting for years: audiobooks. Starting today, Spotify listeners in the U.S. will be able to purchase and listen to more than 300,000 audiobook titles—making our platform a true all-in-one destination for everyone’s listening needs. And we’re excited to launch audiobooks with a brand-new user interface that’s geared specifically for listening to audiobooks and fits them seamlessly alongside the music and podcasts you already listen to and love.”

You can’t purchase audiobooks through the app. Instead of sending you an email to a link where you may purchase the audiobook on the Spotify website, clicking a title within the mobile Spotify app will send you that email. After making the audiobook purchase online, it is added to your Spotify account. Then you’re directed to a  Spotify premium subscription offer. Instead of offering them as subscriptions, Spotify will sell audio books separately at letting users   have some  pricing flexibility to allows more casual listeners to acquire audio books easier.

However, they are now featuring well-known novels like Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us,” Michelle Obama’s “Becoming,” and Delia Owens’ “Where the Crawdads Sing.” J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and other public domain literature like Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”  which were previously available on Spotify on a short-term basis.

Only a few of the a la carte audiobooks available are priced below their full retail value. Spotify does not provide a monthly membership plan like Audible’s premium plus subscription plan, which costs around $15 per month and grants consumers one credit redeemable for any audiobook. The cost of an audiobook might range from $20 to more than $30.

Over 50,000 public domain audiobooks are available on LibriVox, all of which were produced entirely by volunteers, from reading and recording to editing and distributing. Of all, LibriVox is totally free thanks to the tremendous benefit of volunteer creation.

Similar to LibriVox, is  Loyal Books which  has a library of free, public domain audiobooks. Although Loyal Books also provides thousands of eBooks, its audiobook selection is substantially smaller than LibriVox’s.

Libby connects  your library card to access your local library’s digital collection of Ebooks and audiobooks. Hoopla is comparable to Libby in that anyone in the US can use it for free by linking their library card to the app. You can download audiobooks for offline play or stream them in the app to borrow them remotely.

Daily discounts on well-known audiobooks are offered by Chirp Audiobooks. These discounts are frequently much more than the typical 5–10% from the original price. On Chirp, it’s not unusual to see offers for audiobooks that would normally sell for $20 or more in the $3–6 area. The audiobooks are also yours to keep.

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