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Okay, so why audiobooks? Why have I been spending so much time since I returned from BEA putting together and promoting this audiobook week?
I love audiobooks primarily because they help maximize my reading time. Before, time spent driving, knitting, washing dishes, folding clothes, straightening my hair, walking places, it was all wasted reading time. Now, though, I just stick my earbuds in my ears, and I can consume more books as I’m doing a whole variety of activities that don’t allow me to hold a book in front of my face. I actually wrote a guest post last week for Recorded Books about how it was exactly that I learned to love audiobooks. It did take some time when I started listening to train my brain to take in books that way, instead of visually.
Now, for the other question: why did I spend so much time putting this together and coaxing people into participation?
Well, sadly, there are still some audiobook haters out there (link goes to a discussion on LibraryThing). Honestly, when I listened to my first audiobook I wasn’t too sure about the whole experience either. I wondered whether it really counted as something I’d read (my husband didn’t think so), but as I’ve spent more time with audiobooks, I know that they count. Are they exactly the same as reading a book? No, but that doesn’t mean they are any more or less. They are an equally valid way of absorbing a story or learning something new. They may not work for everyone, but I think most people who have a hard time with them could probably retrain their brains fairly easily if they so desired.
If you don’t want to try audiobooks, that’s fine, whatever works for you. But I do want readers to know that audiobooks are fabulous, and are totally acceptable forms of reading. Plus, I want to celebrate all the fabulous audiobooks, narrators, publishers, and listener/readers out there who make audiobooks awesome!