Membership-based audiobook company Audible is launching a new platform with a focus on Spanish-language storytelling and digital audio translation of popular books, including the Harry Potter series.
The company is featuring the performance of some notable figures in the Latin American community, such as singer Armando Christian Perez (Pitbull) and Puerto Rican actor Carlos Ponce.
"As the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio content, Audible celebrates the power of storytelling and shares captivating stories across languages and cultures with millions of listeners across the globe," Manny Miravete, director of original content, Spanish language at Audible, said in a news release. "With the launch of Audible Latino, Hispanic customers now have access to a dedicated home comprised of the largest selection of Spanish-language audiobooks in the U.S. We are thrilled to provide this important audience with this customized listening experience."
A production of Audible and Pottermore Publishing, the audio premiere of Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J. K. Rowling is performed by Carlos Ponce and available for download, with the subsequent six titles set to release later in in the year.
"The magic of Harry Potter has entranced people the world over for more than 20 years. I am thrilled about this amazing new listening experience, for my fellow Gryffindors (and members of the other casas too!)," Ponce said in the release. "Audible Latino is bringing outstanding storytelling and entertainment to the U.S. Hispanic community and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it."
Other titles available include Mi Historia, the Spanish-language translation of Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming, Mi Mundo Adorado, a memoir by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and a collection of essays by actress America Ferreira titled, American Like Me.