How are audiobooks going to change the way of traditional book reading?

Books play a significant role in the life of a human being by laying down the foundation of learning at a young age. They aim to deliver authentic information to the readers.

In the last few decades, not just the appearance of books has been changed, but the mode of reading books has also taken a turn, which is mainly due to the digitization process. eBooks and audiobooks have come into vogue in recent years.

Printed books are the physical form of books, consisting of pages or sheets of paper fastened together inside the cover. It is a literary work of fiction and non-fiction, which contains information, stories, poetry, or similar stuff. In other words, a printed book is an extended published literary composition.

An audiobook (or a talking book) is a recording of a book or other work being read out loud.  Many spoken word albums were made prior to the age of cassettes, compact discs, and downloadable audio, often poetry and plays rather than books.

Reading a physical book and listening to an audiobook are two different paths that lead to the same destination. Each creates differing experiences and memories.

In this article, we will discuss how traditional books differ from digital reading. 

Reasons of printed books are better than audiobooks

1.The feel of paper 

For some people, this is a very important factor. For wholehearted readers, holding a book in hand, the smell of the paper, nice binding, and flipping through pages is a beautiful feeling which lacks in a digital device. Also, it feels great to always have a book nearby, no matter if you read it or not.

 2.Sharing the books 

You can share a printed book with any friend or colleague whereas paid audiobooks can be used with one account only. That means you cannot share purchased audiobooks with a friend without sharing your account details. This is one very important factor in the debate of audiobooks vs printed books.

 3.Illustrations and images 

Printed books are great when it comes to displaying images and illustrations. However, audiobook readers are not so good at this. 

 4.Flexibility in annotating 

Annotating a printed book is very difficult in an audiobook. In a printed book you can use pencils and pens of different colors to highlight, use symbols, drawings, etc. But this feature is very difficult  in an audiobook 

5.No need for electric power 

You don’t need to charge printed books. Since it needs no electric power. You can carry them anywhere without the worry of charging.

6.Cheaper than audiobook

A printed book is much cheaper than an audiobook reader.  If you don’t read much, a print book will be more economical. But if you read a lot of books, the overall cost is reduced with an audiobook reader.

Reasons of audiobook are better than printed books

1.Preference

Some people prefer audio over text for learning and maybe you’re one of them. If you don’t like reading, experiment with audiobooks, and see if this helps you with learning.

2.Faster Learning

One of the main advantages of audiobooks is that you can pace the information you consume. I like to play my audiobooks at 1.5x or 2x speed and it doesn’t affect my comprehension. If you want to go through a lot of information, this is a great way to do that.

3. Save Time

As much as we discourage multitasking, sometimes it can be useful and effective. Audiobooks are great for that. You can listen while you’re cleaning the house, folding clothes, shaving, or anything else that doesn’t require much focus.

4.Convenient

Audiobooks are really convenient. You can have them on your phone, iPod, computer, and in the car. This makes the content accessible and you can easily.

Even though book reading always helps in gaining or learning something new, irrespective of the purpose, i.e. personal, professional, or educational. There is a fine line of difference between printed books and audioBook, with respect to cost, availability, and features. A consumer has to weigh the options so as to arrive at a decision, concerning the kind of format they like to prefer.

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