If you’ve never listened to a book, rather than reading one, 2016 could be your year. Audio books have become increasingly popular, especially with the rise of the tablet. If you think you wouldn’t like listening to a book, you might want to reconsider.
Obviously one can’t carry a stack of books wherever he travels, but it’s easy to have a stack of virtual books or magazines on your tablet or mobile device. Popular audio sites like Audible.com allow you to download an app and listen on the go. Amazon was abreast of the audio books’ popularity back in 2008 when it purchased Audible.com for reportedly $300 million.
Another advantage of listening to a book is that you improve your listening skills without effort. Life is so fast-paced that it can be a form of relief to have only one story to focus on.
Audio books also allow you to stretch your visual imagination as you picture what the characters and settings may look like. While this isn’t necessarily different from a physical book, you have the added advantage of being able to close your eyes. Some argue that after sitting in front of a computer all day, reading provides too much strain on the eyes, and of course with audio books that is not a concern.
Some may still think of audio books as outdated romance novels, but this is certainly not the case. There are audio books on virtually every topic you could imagine. You might prefer reading fiction and listening to more instructive titles. For example, you can listen to books on marketing, sales, investing, or just about any type of hobby you’d like to learn more about—caviar and champagne!