Spotify is planning to introduce a pilot program to diversify its content by offering free audiobooks to subscribers.
The streaming platform is in discussions with major US publishers to finalize the program's details.
Users will be able to listen to up to 20 hours of audiobook content per month at no extra cost.
The specific list of books to be available at launch is still being determined but is expected to be diverse.
Spotify initially introduced audiobooks in September 2022, offering access to a library of over 300,000 titles, which has now grown to over 350,000.
This audiobook program is planned to be available for a limited time as Spotify wants to gauge customer interest before committing fully.
The launch countries for this test program are expected to include English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
It's unclear whether Spotify will offer the free audiobooks in Ireland and New Zealand, where Spotify's audiobooks are already available.
The introduction of audiobooks aligns with Spotify's aim to diversify its content, similar to its approach with podcasts.
This diversification effort may require Spotify to allocate resources away from music streaming, potentially affecting user satisfaction, especially if there have been recent price increases.