Audiobooks are becoming more popular lately and there are a few reasons why people prefer them over printed material. One of the biggest reasons people prefer audiobooks is because they are considered to be more convenient. It can be difficult to find time to read a book or find a quiet place to do so, and even the avid book lover may resort to audiobooks to get some more reading in. An audiobook allows people to listen to a book while continuing to perform their daily tasks. You can listen to a book when you’re driving, getting chores done, or even working out at the gym. Instead of having to give something up in order to get some reading time in, you can listen to your book while doing something so there’s no need to compromise your schedule.
Audiobooks can also be of great value to people who are disabled, blind, or for people who are trying to learn a new language. Older people or disabled people who can’t hold a book for long periods of time or have limited movements with their arms and hands can find audiobooks especially useful. The same goes for people who are blind or have vision problems. They can also help people learn a new language by letting them listen to a book of their choice in the language of their choice with the text written in their native language. For example, you can listen to a book in Spanish with the words written in English so you can fully experience a new language and gain a deeper understanding.
Listening to an audiobook can also give people a more personal experience with a book and they can help disinterested readers get through a book. Actually reading a book may be immersive for some people but for others, listening is what helps them relate to and experience what they’re reading. Listening to a book can help readers get in tune with the character’s thoughts and feelings; they can put themselves in the character’s shoes and really consider their perspective. Audiobooks are also a great choice for people who need to get reading done for a class but can’t get themselves to start. It can also help people focus more on the reading material and ignore potential distractions.
Listening to audiobooks can also be easier on the reader when it comes to understanding a difficult passage. Reading a passage over and over in a book because you don’t fully understand it can be frustrating, and instead of becoming clearer, the passage seems to become more difficult to comprehend as you keep rereading it. Listening to the book instead of reading it may solve this problem; sometimes hearing something rather than reading it can help people make sense of what’s happening. Also, the ability to rewind the audiobook is much less stressful than having to read something again and again. The right narrator or actor can also make the audiobook more enjoyable; rather than guessing on what the proper tone should be when reading a book, listening to a book with the emotions and dramatics set in can encourage people to keep up with their reading and help them understand the overall mood of the story.