Friday, March 15, 2019

Yea or Nay: Audio Books

There are many folks who love audio books and equally as many who just don't, for a multitude of reasons. Here are some thoughts...

  • Audio books are cheap, convenient, and portable. You can get them for a few dollars or grab them from your library. You can listen to them in your car, on your phone, working out, just about anywhere.
  • Audio books can be shared over various electronics (computer, phone, iPod or iPad, etc.) and therefore require no carrying around of books or ereaders.
  • They don't take up a lot of space, very convenient if you have a small apartment/home.
  • They are eco-friendly.
  • They are easier on your eyes.
  • Narrators and authors can share audio books with emotion and pronunciation that you might misread (Hermione!). They can introduce new vocabulary or difficult names.
  • They allow for a shared listening of a story, for example on a road-trip, which opens up opportunities to discuss with a partner.
  • Audio books can allow readers to access content that is beyond their reading level. Children for example or making longer classics accessible for someone who otherwise couldn't get through them.
  • Audio books teach critical listening skills.
  • Some people hate having books read to them.
  • Initial costs. Along with a book file you will need to provide technology to play it (phone, computer, etc.) with speakers or headphones.
  • No real way to mark or tag passages or save comments/thoughts on what you have read.
  • You must actually be relatively tech-savy to get audio books onto your player, with any required apps, and then figure out how to access and play them. And, files can be lost.
  • Audio books make you anti-social as you block out others while listening.
  • If you are easily distracted, its easy to lose your place.

In my opinion...

Audio books are convenient, but they NOT reading (in my humble opinion). Just like watching a movie of a book isn't reading.

And frankly, I just cannot concentrate on the intricacies of the story, cannot visualize the characters or environments when someone is reading to me. And I am way to easily distract...

Nope, audio books are not for me!

What about you?