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Spotify just added 200,000 audiobooks at no additional cost - but there's a catch

Your Spotify Premium subscription just got even better. Here's what you need to know.
Written by Sabrina Ortiz, Editor
Spotify audiobooks

If you are a loyal Spotify user, you likely already have a Spotify Premium subscription because no one wants to listen to ads while streaming music. Now, your subscription is about to get you a lot more bang for your buck.

Spotify has announced that it has added more than 200,000 audiobooks that are available at no additional cost for Spotify Premium members.

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To kick off the audiobook addition, all US Spotify Premium individual account holders and plan managers for Family and Duo accounts will be given 15 hours of monthly audiobook listening. 

Although there is a time limit, there is no limit on the number of titles users can access within those allotted hours. 

If you run out of the 15 hours before the next billing cycle, you can purchase a 10-hour top-up to listen to more titles or finish the series you are listening to. 

Spotify's audiobook catalog includes upwards of 70% of bestselling books with titles from major publishers, including HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and more, according to Spotify.

The audiobook selection includes every genre, from romance to science fiction, and even includes new releases, such as Britney Spears' The Woman in Me or best sellers such as Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us.

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I skimmed the selection and found it included a lot of the titles that I currently have on my reading list, which was actually heartbreaking to see as an Apple Music user

To access the audiobooks, all you have to do is type in the title in Search and hit play. You can also browse for titles from the recommended audiobook section in your Home feed or browse Spotify's audiobook hub. 

If you don't have a Spotify Premium account and are considering joining, an individual account is $10.99/month. For context, an Audible subscription starts at $7.95/month, but doesn't include access to bestsellers or music. 

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The 200,000 audiobooks are offered in addition to Spotify's expanded catalog, which has more than 100 million tracks and five million podcasts. The audiobook addition is also available for UK and Australia users.

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