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Apple and Deezer reveal their latest books and audiobooks expansion


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Music and podcasts are increasingly intertwined on various streaming services, but books – and specifically audiobooks – may also be joining the party.

We recently reported on Spotify’s ambitions on that front, but Apple already has an ebooks store with audiobooks options. Now it’s announced its latest related partnership, with Oprah Winfrey and her famous ‘Book Club’.

Her latest selection, ‘Caste’ by Isabel Wilkerson, is now available on Apple Books in ebook and audiobook form, with plans for Winfrey to curate related articles on the Apple News app next month; to interview Wilkerson in her Apple T+ show; and for a ‘Caste’ discussion guide on Apple Books.

Meanwhile, Deezer is also expanding its audiobooks activities. It’s had them available in Germany for a while, but now it’s making audiobooks available in the Netherlands too – complete with a dedicated audiobooks channel.

It’ll curate audiobooks on Deezer in 12 categories, with editorial picks and (for subscribers) the ability to download audiobooks to listen offline.

Stuart Dredge

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