Swedish audiobook streaming service Storytel announced on Thursday, May 20, it was partnering with music streaming platform Spotify to serve its audiobooks on the service.
The move aims to expand Storytel’s distribution of its roster of audiobooks.
A Reuters report noted that while Storytel has books in 30 languages, it is restricted to the country a subscriber is in as well as what credit cards they use. The reach of Spotify – with it serving over 150 countries and with some 356 million total monthly active users – should aid in spreading the word, so to speak, of Storytel.
Storytel founder and CEO Jonas Tellander said of the partnership, “We want everyone to have access to great stories, and today Storytel offers more than 500,000 audiobooks on a global basis across 25 markets.”
Courtney Holt, Global Head of Studios at Spotify, meanwhile said in a statement, “It is Spotify’s goal to be the singular platform for all audio: music, podcasts, live conversations, and now via this partnership, audiobooks.”
“By utilizing the Spotify Open Access Platform, Storytel will be able to deliver its premium audiobooks offering using Spotify’s best-in-class platform, all while retaining direct control over their relationship to their audience,” Holt added. – Rappler.com