Spotify is enhancing its audiobooks streaming service with a function that could be acquainted to the app’s music shoppers: Countdown Pages. These YouTube-like Countdown Pages have been launched alongside different new additions for Spotify’s artists final yr, providing a devoted house on artists’ profiles the place a timer may depend right down to a brand new launch. Now, that very same choice shall be out there to audiobook publishers and authors, the corporate introduced at present on the London E-book Truthful.

For audiobooks, the Countdown Pages will enable Spotify’s customers to pre-save books forward of their launch. When the guide turns into out there, Spotify will alert the customers by a notification. With this new choice, publishers and authors will have the ability to promote their guide earlier than its launch, gathering curiosity within the upcoming title — a lot as they will at present on different websites like Amazon, the place books will be pre-ordered.

Plus, when customers go to the Countdown Web page to save lots of a title, they’ll have the ability to faucet on a “Extra Like This” tab to see comparable, however already launched, books that they will hear to right away. This might immediate additional adoption of audiobooks total.

Forward of its enlargement to audiobooks, Countdown Pages had been utilized by artists like Taylor Swift, Karol G, Florence and the Machine, Paramore and the Jonas Brothers — the latter who launched the function ultimately yr’s Spotify’s press occasion. Since then, greater than 80% of individuals utilizing the pre-save function would stream the brand new launch inside the first week, on common.

The Countdown Pages for books will turn out to be out there in mid-April, Spotify stated.

The corporate additionally supplied an replace on its audiobooks service’s utilization, noting that “thousands and thousands” of customers have now listened to greater than 150,000 titles on the platform since its launch. In whole, the service presents a catalog of over 200,000 audiobook titles. With the addition of the brand new Countdown Pages function, Spotify hopes to develop the service’s adoption additional by tapping into its bigger international person base of over 600 million listeners.

Spotify first introduced that audiobooks would turn out to be part of its Premium subscription in late 2022, with preliminary launches within the U.Ok. and Australia, adopted by the U.S. and Canada and elsewhere. With a Spotify subscription, customers can stream 15 hours of audiobooks monthly. In any other case, Spotify’s free customers can now choose right into a standalone audiobooks subscription for $9.99 monthly, which debuted earlier this month.

Countdown pages for audiobooks will launch in all markets the place Spotify’s audiobooks can be found, together with the U.S., U.Ok., Australia, Canada, Eire and New Zealand.