Bloomsbury reveals music book tie-up with Spotify

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The imprint features books about music by artists including Bjork as James Brown (Source: Getty)

Bloomsbury has revealed a major partnership with music streaming service Spotify, making a selection of the book publisher's titles available to listeners.

The tie-up will see Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 imprint - a series of short books about popular music, focusing on individual albums by artists ranging from James Brown to Bjork and from J Dilla to Neutral Milk Hotel - become available to Spotify users in a variety of formats exclusively through their streaming service.

Each album covered in the series occupies such a specific place in music history, so each book-length treatment is different. Jonathan Lethem, Colin Meloy, Daphne Brooks, Gina Arnold and Alan Warner are among the authors who have contributed to the series.

The Harry Potter publisher said this new partnership was "a natural fit between the books and the music they cover", and will help bring the series to a new, wider audience of listeners.

Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton said: This is an exciting opportunity for our authors to reach a whole new audience. For 15 years the series has produced an amazing range of personal, experimental, and innovative music writing.

"I’m delighted that our partnership with Spotify will break new ground for the 33 1/3 series. It is one of a number of partnerships which Bloomsbury is successfully seeking out with the world’s most ground-breaking companies to expand our digital offering.”

Courtney Holt, vice president and head of Spotify Studios and Video, added: “As a die-hard music fan, I discovered the 33 1/3 series many years ago. When I first joined Spotify to think about spoken word and audio content, I knew this would be a perfect partner for Spotify. We look forward to bringing this amazing series to our global music-loving audience.”

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