Just finished my first audiobook. It was a great experience.
I was reading blogs, tweets, and reviews about Seth Godin’s new book, Linchpin. I went to several bookshops while on my way to work/home, but it was not available. I ordered one online at Amazon.com. After a long wait, I finally got to Amazon.com. I decided to try audio download as it seemed the most efficient option. I was directed to Audible.com, an Amazon company. There an audio download was available for USD7.49 when you sign up for a new account. I signed up, paid for the money, downloaded, and began listening immediately! These are the benefits
1. It’s fast. After just a few clicks, I was listening to it in a matter of minutes.
2. It’s cheap. The book versions cost USD13-25.
3. It’s convenient. To listen to it while I commute to work, I saved the file to my iPhone.
4. It’s safe. It’s safe. I have copies on my iPhone, computer, and backup. They will last as long as I want (damage-free).
5. It doesn’t take up any space. It takes up less space. There are no worries about what to do with your stuff.
6. It’s environment-friendly. No paper, ink, chemicals.
7. It’s comfortable. This is great for someone who spends too much time looking at computers and books. Listening can be done standing, sitting, or lying down.
The disadvantages are:
1. Technology is essential – Internet access, computers, and software like iTunes.
2. To maximize audiobook use, you need a handheld device – iPhone, iPod, or other MP3 players
3. Online purchases require a credit card
4. You can’t share. I enjoy giving my books away to anyone who may find them useful. Many audiobooks cannot be shared across multiple computers/accounts.
5. It’s not as easy to refer. I like to go back to particular passages in my favorite books for inspiration/information/sharing. Audiobooks allow you to fast-forward through chapters, but it can be difficult to find the right passage.
6. It is easy to lose it if you don’t have a backup.
7. Antisocial behavior is a sign that you are becoming less social. If you wear headphones, your chances of engaging in meaningful conversations with strangers are greatly reduced.
It all depends on your life, circumstances, and the book you are reading. Do you have an audiobook that you would like to share? Are you interested in trying one? Which other pros and cons are there?
7 Pros and 7 Cons of Audiobooks
Audiobooks are one of the most convenient reading formats available. It is easier to multitask and read at the same time. While this can be a disadvantage, it makes reading an audiobook much more convenient. You can listen to the audiobook with your eyes closed or with the light on. In addition, you can listen to more books at once. As with all reading formats, audiobooks have their pros and cons.
You don’t have to carry a physical book around. Likewise, you don’t have to turn pages or scan through a book. You can listen to an audiobook while walking or standing in a car. It will last forever, and you won’t have to worry about losing your place in the story. A major drawback of audiobooks is that you have to stop listening to them to finish the book. However, this isn’t a major disadvantage for many people.
An audiobook’s limited range of content is the primary downside. You may find the plot difficult to follow or a critical detail missed. Furthermore, you’ll have to turn pages and scan the text to make sense of it. This can take time and effort. You may also have trouble concentrating on the story, which means that you’ll be more distracted when you’re listening to an audiobook.
Another disadvantage of an audiobook is that you can’t skip the parts you don’t want to listen to. Sometimes, the plot of an audiobook is confusing and you may miss something crucial. It can be difficult to go back to an audiobook. A physical book can be easily read by turning the pages or scanning the text. This process can take longer than reading a book in this format. You’ll have to devote more time to listening to an audiobook than you do to reading a physical one.
Some people find audiobooks to be boring or not worth their time. You won’t be able to skip a lot of content or skip through a story without a pause. And if you’re a person who likes to read, then an audiobook will be a great choice. But it’s important to consider the pros and cons before buying an audiobook. There are a few things that you should be aware of before deciding to listen to an audiobook.
First of all, an audiobook may be slower than a paper book. It may take you a long time to finish an audiobook than a book. And audiobooks don’t have the ability to skip chapters. This can be a significant disadvantage if you’re a fast reader. You may also find the content hard to follow if you’re not familiar with the book. And, of course, the quality of the audiobook isn’t always what you’d like.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to audiobooks. If you’re not a fan of reading, an audiobook is a great option. But the most important pro of all is that audiobooks are an excellent way to listen to books. They allow you to multitask while doing other tasks. That’s not true with paperback books. If you’re a fan of both, however, audiobooks are definitely the way to go.
In addition to being more convenient, audiobooks also require less time than paperbacks. A typical audiobook takes about ten hours to complete, but an average paperback book is only three hours long. Therefore, if you can find the time to read in print, it’s a better choice for you. But don’t forget about the cons. It’s important to remember that audiobooks are not suitable for everyone.
An audiobook is slow compared to a paperback book. If you read quickly, you don’t need to listen to every word. If you have trouble reading slow, an audiobook is an ideal option. It also allows you to save your precious time for other activities. So, if you’re a fast reader, audiobooks are perfect for you. There are no distractions with physical books.