Audible may not be operating in China in any official capacity, but the audiobook company has just developed a new Chinese landing page. The Audible in Chinese catalogue at launch comprises over 300 audiobooks and audio dramas in Mandarin and will grow to include many more over the coming months.
“Audible.com currently offers content in 38 languages, and I am excited to extend our catalogue to include Chinese in such a dedicated way,” said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies. “For the first time, Chinese-speaking audible.com customers can now explore and enjoy a diverse library of authentic content. Through these incredibly produced titles, Audible can now offer the tens of millions of Chinese speakers outside of China compelling listening experiences.”
You can download samples or purchase Chinese audiobooks from the landing page and then listen to them on any of the Audible apps for Android, IOS and a myriad of other operating systems. You can even listen to them on your new Kindle Oasis via wireless headphones.
I suppose Audible wants to see if there are a number of people willing to purchase Chinese content on their website and if they do, expect a ton of additional content to be added.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.