-- Bethaney Wallace
For avid readers everywhere, the idea of books on tape – listening to someone else reading – is an act against books. While eReaders were heavily embraced, after all they’re a way to enjoy more books more often, the same cannot be said for listening to various stories. Whether classics, self-help, fiction, and everything else in between, most readers agree that hearing a book is far different than actually sitting down to read one. And it’s a change few are willing to make, even temporarily.
However, despite the differences in preference, there can be multiple benefits to listening to one’s books. For instance, when driving, working out, or other activities that can’t be done with eyes glued to a book, “reading” can still be enjoyed. Pop in headphones while going for a jog, hike, or walk or insert a CD before a road trip to make an enjoyable use of one’s driving time. While this may not be the standard reading experience, as many will agree, some form of book is better than none at all.
A great way to ease into books on tape is to pick out a lengthy read, or one outside one’s normal genre. Listening helps new types of books to be explored while in transit, and many even flock toward listening as it allows them to “read” in settings all types of settings.
And instead of investing in copies of CDs, hundreds of volumes can be found at the local library. Checked out just like a book would be (although generally listening takes less time), these CDs allow patrons to hear stories while on the go. They also come in as many genres and subjects as print or electronic versions.
Books on tape can also come in the form of MP3s, where it can be uploaded to an iPod or other music player. These electronic files can be purchased for a small fee, found online, or borrowed from a library that practices file-sharing methods.
Whether a long-time lover of book on tape, or one who continues to hold out, listening to facts, fiction, and more can be a great way to experience new types of books … and in virtually every location.
Check out TSR’s book reviews for recommendations, or head to Jans.com for exercise tips and advice for your next book on tape.
About The Blogger
Bethaney Wallace is a professional writer and editor for The Social Robot. Other than blogging, she can be found drinking tea, looking for new DIY projects, and maxing out her library card.
For more from Bethaney, visit her blog at http://bethaneywallace.com/
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