How to Find Audiobooks and Non-Music Content on Spotify

Stream audiobooks, podcasts, speeches, poetry, and more

Spotify is a major player in the streaming music arena. The digital service hosts millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world, and users can stream this content on a variety of devices. But Spotify isn't just a music service. Its spoken-word content includes audiobooks, podcasts, self-help materials, guided meditations, poetry, and much more. Here's a look at how to access Spotify's array of audiobooks and other non-music content.

Spotify launched in 2008 and as of September 2019 boasted 248 million users, including 113 million subscribers, across 79 markets.

Spotify's Word Category

The bulk of Spotify's non-music content resides in its Word category, which can be found at the bottom of Spotify's Browse page. The Word section has a slew of playlists featuring poetry, famous speeches, college lectures, language-learning tutorials, literature, guided meditation, self-help content, and much more. To access content from the Word genre:

  1. On the desktop, open Spotify and select Browse from the menu on the left. (In the mobile app, tap Search.)

  2. Scroll down to the bottom to the Word category.

    Browsing in Spotify
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  3. Select Word. Spotify will show you popular current spoken-word playlists.

    The spoken-word playlists in Spotify
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  4. Explore to find content that interests you, and enjoy your spoken-word choices.

More Audiobooks

There is an Audiobooks Spotify playlist in the Word section, but to find more audiobook content, search "audiobooks" from the home page's search box. Scroll down to reveal a slew of artists, albums, and playlists.

An "Audiobook" search in Spotify
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Selecting an artist, album, or playlist will reveal a plethora of additional audiobook options.

Search for a specific title in Spotify's search bar to quickly find it, rather than scrolling through the various playlists.

Podcasts

Spotify features thousands of podcasts, so you can listen to your favorite podcasts on Spotify or explore its offerings to find new ones. To find or browse podcasts in Spotify:

  1. Open Spotify on the desktop and select Browse from the menu on the left. (In the mobile app, tap Search.)

  2. Select Podcasts.

    Browsing Podcasts in Spotify
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  3. Browse featured podcast episodes, or scroll down to browse by category or explore various playlists.

  4. Hover over the cover art and select the Play button to start listening, or select the podcast title to see more episodes.