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Storytel buys $135m Audiobooks

Audio streaming company Storytel is to buy the KKR-owned in a deal valuing the company at $135m. Audiobooks has a library of over 250,000 titles which can be streamed and downloaded via the US-focused Audiobooks app. The portfolio will supplement Storytel’s catalogue of 700,000 titles which is more successful across northern Europe. was launched in 2011 and its acquisition marks a push into English language market for Storytel which already has a subscriber base of 1.7m across 30 languages. The deal is expected to complete this year.