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This year alone, I have probably listened to more audiobooks than in years past. I enjoy listening to audiobooks while traveling, while spending time at the beach or simply to pass the time at home while doing other things.
I recently wondered if listening to audiobooks counted as reading one?? I know I'm not technically reading a book, but listening to the book instead. However, I still consider listening to an audiobook on par/equivalent to reading a book.
Interestingly enough, I recently came across an article on The Wall Street Journal titled Is Listening to a Book Same as Reading? Do Audiobooks Count as Reading? by Dan Ariely, which poses the same questions I've been wondering about audiobooks myself.
The answer provided by Dan Ariely wasn't so straight forward. For me personally, I will continue to equate listening to an audiobook on par to reading one.
After reading what Dan Ariely wrote in his article, I definitely have new food for thought when it comes to 'listening to' verses 'reading' a book, that sheds new meaning for me on how to view the situation.
For instance, in Dan Areily's article he writes:
"...I purchased an audio book and I listened to it on a long flight—and for what it is worth, I find it is harder to focus when listening to a book than when reading one."
I couldn't agree more with Ariely's observation as I find it more difficult to focus on listening to a book than reading one. For me, reading a book is easier to comprehend /focus my attention on than listening the very same audiobook.
Also, whether you read a book or listen to the audio version, you're still enjoying the experience, just in a slightly different way.
Perhaps, it really isn't that important whether you consider listening to an audiobook counts as reading it. The important thing to consider is how much you enjoyed the book's content.
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Weigh in with your thoughts about audiobooks. Does listening to an audiobook count as reading it? What's your preference to a read a book or to listen to the audio version if it is available? Do you find it more difficult to focus your attention to listening to an audiobook verses reading a book?