When most people start their journey to become better readers, the decision is often between paper and audiobooks. Although there are benefits to using each method, they are not equal in the long run. In many cases, audiobooks can benefit your listening skills, while paper books will detract. However, with a few tips, you can greatly improve your chances with either method.
Audio Books VS Paper Books
This one is easy-peasy! When you read from a book, you are essentially being hypnotized by the written word. This process has been scientifically studied over decades, and the evidence is quite conclusive in showing that it works. Paper, on the other hand, does not allow you the same ability to be immersed within words to the degree that audio does.
How about the student?
If a student is spending the majority of their time studying, then audiobooks can benefit them greatly. They have far fewer distractions during class and can focus more accurately and faster on their studies. The overall efficiency and speed at which they read are much higher than what they would achieve by reading from a computer screen.
There are other factors that make audio a better choice than paper when it comes to studying. First of all, audiobooks allow your brain to take in more information than paper does-by the time you reach the book’s end, your brain has absorbed a lot of it. It is also much more relaxing, as there is no pressure or stress involved. Paper, on the other hand, is a stress-inducing medium!
Does this mean audio is superior to paper?
No, but it certainly makes the argument a bit more compelling for the casual reader. Another factor is that the audio version can oftentimes be downloaded to your computer. Paper can’t be done this way. As mentioned above, reading from a book is significantly easier on the brain than reading from a computer.
So why should audiobooks be preferable to paper books?
There are two major benefits to using audiobooks: listening ability and concentration. Paper works wonderfully when you just need to get some words down in order to write them down, but once you’ve finished reading your brain gets distracted and slows down. This causes the information you just read to slip into your brain completely and leaves little to no chance for you to remember it later on. Listening ability is the key to learning and retention, so if you want to improve your ability to concentrate, audiobooks are a great option.
One thing to watch out for though, as with any product of this kind, is the scams. Some websites make it seem like their audiobooks are real, and others try to sell you on the “real” thing but are nothing but a scam. Don’t be taken in by those kinds of scams. Instead, look for a company that has been in business for at least a few years, or takes pride in what they offer. Look especially for testimonials and a refund/denial policy.
If you use audiobooks, you’ll be able to easily get them in your car, listen to them on your MP3 player, or use them on your home theater system. They’re portable and you can carry a bunch around with you and bring it with you whenever you’re ready to listen to something. You can also take audiobooks with you on public transit or bus or train rides. They’re a great way to expand your reading habit, take a break, and get in tune with the world around you. Audiobooks don’t have to be boring, they can actually be fun and entertaining!