Listen to audiobooks on Spotify – this is how it works (also for free)

If you want to listen to music on your smartphone, you can hardly ignore Spotify. You can find songs by your favorite artists from almost every music genre on Spotify. The offer is regularly expanded. Audiobooks can also be heard on the streaming service. The audiobooks are a bit hidden. GIGA shows you how you can find the audio books on Spotify.

If you enter “Audiobooks” in the Spotify search bar, you will find a large number of results. However, these are mostly playlists that only have the word “audio books” in the title. So that’s not entirely helpful. Spotify does not yet offer its own category for the genre. So currently you still have to search specifically for a title in order to find a corresponding audiobook in the Spotify offer.

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How to find audiobooks in Spotify

Alternatively, you are looking for the author whose literary work you would like to hear as an audio book. So enter, for example, “Stephen King” or “Sebastian Fitzek” as a search term. Then you open the profile page of the relevant author. This gives you a quick overview of all available audio books for the respective writer. You can theoretically use the audio books in the free Spotify version. But here you quickly come up against the limits of the free account. Most audiobooks are divided into several chapters. In the app version you can use Spotify for free but only in shuffle mode.

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So you hear the different chapters in a random and irrelevant order. So if you want to listen to audiobooks for free on Spotify, you should access the desktop version or the browser version.

On Spotify you can find many bestselling audiobooks and unknown titles in audio format.

Unlike in the app, individual tracks of an album or even audio books can be listened to in the correct order from beginning to end. If you want to listen to the various stories comfortably on the sofa or before you go to sleep, you can simply set your “big” PC to switch off automatically after a certain time using a timer.

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Spotify: Finding good audio books and radio plays

Many users have taken the trouble to combine various audio books into their own playlists. Search for “Audiobooks” and let Spotify show you all playlists in the upper window area. You can now search through them for interesting audiobooks.

An extensive collection of different audiobooks on Spotify can be found here. If you want to access various novels and documents in read form while on the move, we recommend taking a look at the “lismio” app, which was previously called “Spooks”. Here you will find a directory of various audio books that you can browse through according to different genres. Lismio brings you crime novels, thrillers and children’s books for Spotify on the Android smartphone as well as on the iPad and iPhone.

Lismio im Play Store

lismio: Discover audio books & radio plays

lismio: Discover audio books & radio plays

Developer: Zebralution GmbH

Lismio im Apple App Store

lismio: Hörbücher & Hörspiele

lismio: audio books & radio plays

Developer: Zebralution GmbH

Finding audiobooks on Spotify is not as easy as expected. As with pieces of music, you should at least know in advance which author you want to stream in the audio book version. The music streaming service itself does not yet offer a general search for audio books. If you are looking for inspiration for the latest audiobooks in advance, take a look at the audiobook charts on Amazon and then search for the appropriate author and title on Spotify. You can find children’s radio plays in abundance on Spotify.

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Spotify integrates audio book platform

The volume of audiobooks on Spotify could soon change significantly. With “Findaway” the company bought a large audio book platform. The US company has one of the largest audiobook catalogs ever. But it is still unclearwhat Spotify is planning to do with Findaway and whether the well-known music streaming service will be upgraded to include a new audiobook offer or whether a completely new audiobook platform is being planned. Apple recently annoyed audiobook friends when most of the available tracks were deleted from the “Apple Music” program and can now only be heard via the separate “Books” service.

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