Beginning later this week, Goodreads will let users listen to free audio samples of 180,000 titles on its platform through a new “Listen” button drawing from Audible’s digital audiobook catalog.
Those samples will be available to all Goodreads users whether or not they are Audible customers, but the new feature comes with an offer of a 30-day free trial of Audible, which, like Goodreads, is owned by Amazon.
The streaming feature will be available to users on the Goodreads website, with plans to extend it to the mobile site and apps shortly, according to an announcement today.
The move is push to help ebook readers discover audiobook content and comes at a time when publishers and retailers are experimenting with ways to encourage crossover usage of the two formats. Last week Penguin Random House added more than 9,000 digital audiobook titles to Scribd’s subscription-access content catalog.