Streaming giant Spotify is extending its foray into audiobooks, dropping nine new public-domain classics narrated by celebrities including Hilary Swank and Forest Whitaker.
The platform known best for its music has used podcasts to drive growth since 2019, and recently began bolstering its audiobook selection.
A Spotify spokesperson told AFP the launch is part of “tests in an effort to improve our user experience.”
“Some of those tests end up paving the path for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning,” the spokesperson for the Swedish company said, without elaborating.
In May 2020 Spotify released an audio version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first volume in the beloved series.
Daniel Radcliffe—who played the bespectacled wizard on film—was among the celebrities who read chapters.