To Listen or Not to Listen, That is the Question
A discussion is happening on Facebook about the role of audiobooks in bringing obscure writers to a broader audience. The original poster asked if people would want an audiobook version of a book that was hard to find in print if it gave them the chance to discover a new-to-them author. Like most topics on social media, the responses were polarized. Several commenters were anti-audiobook, some thought they were only valuable for people whose vision prevented them from reading words on a page.
Listening Has Its Benefits
Still others thought audiobooks presented a wonderful way to hear stories, harkening back to the days when most stories were transmitted orally. Plus, audiobooks were much safer while driving. And much easier to manage while cooking dinner or doing the laundry. Listening to a story while you work makes the work fly by.
A Book by Any Other Name
I fell into the “a book is a book, regardless of format” camp. Anything that offers an opportunity to find a new favorite is a good thing. So, whether you read with your eyes, your ears, or both, read on!