These days, many people are discovering the joys of audiobooks. Where once we were limited by the location of a CD player (or cassette deck…), our handheld devices now allow us to listen to books wherever we go.
But even so, there’s a certain… what’s the best way to put this?… snobbery about audiobooks. You know the sort of thing: “That’s not real reading,” etc, and so on.
But we at River Forest Public Library are here to tell you: However you consume your books — that’s reading! Everyone enjoys stories a little differently, everyone learns a little bit differently, everyone has different demands on their time. However you consume the written word is the best way for you to read. Indeed, it could be argued that when reading books for which particular dialects are important, or details are particularly dense, listening allows a more intimate, immersive experience that taking the words in through your eyes.
And we’re not the only ones who think so! If you’d like to hear from other folks about the value of audiobooks, here are a few links:
- Is Listening to Audio Books Really the Same as Reading? (Forbes)
- 20 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Audio Books (Literature Young Adult Fiction)
- “Listening to Books is Cheating” and 7 More Myths About Audiobooks (BookRiot)
If you think you’d like to give audiobooks a whirl but don’t know where to start, the bestseller lists at Audible.com are a handy jumping off point — to see the latest, click here. River Forest Public Library offers audiobooks in traditional CD form, via hoopla, and through Media on Demand.