Spotify is launching a series of audiobooks, recordings of works of classic literature available in the public domain

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 .”

“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.

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Despite temporary Covid-related economic setbacks, small business owners across the nation are hopeful for a speedy rebound.

Despite nearly two-thirds of entrepreneurs admitting to SCORE that 2020 didn’t produce company profits, 55% remain optimistic that they’ll be able to grow their businesses in 2021.

Yet growth doesn’t come without careful planning, especially for C-suite executives working on a tight budget.



Expanding Sales on a Budget

Scaling up on the heels of a pandemic may sound tricky. However, it’s doable—and doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, sales leaders from organizations of all sizes can take a few cost-effective steps to get a larger industry share without risking fiscal security. And if your goal is to gain traction, you’ll want to consider adding at least a few to your operations.

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