Storytel's Lotten Skeppstedt has been appointed director of books and podcasts at Sesamy, a Sweden-based platform for subscription-free audiobooks and e-books.
Skeppstedt, former head of global content at Storytel, will be responsible for consolidating Sesamy's home market alongside preparing the digital book platform’s offering for territories beyond Sweden, as Sesamy gears-up for international expansion. She will also oversee negotiations with major global publishers and lead the organisation’s book and podcast business development.
During her career at Storytel, Skeppstedt led the company's expansion into Spain and headed the renegotiation of roughly 1,000 content agreements with international publishers, while driving the global content acquisition, metadata, and curation department since 2018. Before Storytel, she spent almost 10 years in different roles at Bonnier Books, working as an editor, product owner and country manager.
Skeppstedt said: “While digital books are becoming the primary source of income for creators and publishers worldwide, accelerated by lockdowns, how people discover, purchase, consume and store digital books deserves to be improved. Sesamy is determined to make the user journey a whole lot more exciting and rewarding, empowering both the creators and their fan base to engage in — and spread — great stories."
Sesamy was created by the founders of podcast company, Acast. The new platform says it also creates a novel revenue stream and opportunity for direct-to-fan engagement for writers, as individual authors are directly remunerated for any sales generated through their personal channels.
“At Sesamy, we are dedicated to creating a digital model that opens up the internet: providing more options for consumers and content-creators, alike,” said Måns Ulvestam, founder and c.e.o. of Sesamy. “With this core value, we are excited to welcome Lotten Skeppstedt, who has such a strong track record and reputation in the publishing industry. Our commitment to creating a more durable platform for culture and information will be enhanced by our new colleague and we look forward to the global rollout ahead. The internet was never intended to wall us inside platforms, and we envision a space that does justice to digital content, its diligent creators, and passionate consumers. Lotten will become a key part of making this future a reality.”
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