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The idea of reading a book without actually investing more time and effort into it felt fascinating when I first got to know about Audiobooks. But when I finished listening to the first few audiobooks, I realized there are a few cons to audiobooks.
In this post, you’ll go through the pros and cons of audiobooks. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of audiobooks and physical books can help you decide which option is best for you. So let’s start with the benefits of Audiobooks.
The biggest benefit of audiobooks is that there are many things to do while listening to audiobook like cleaning, driving, walking, public transport, mindless day-to-day tasks, etc. You can turn your time into something worthy by listening to an audiobook.
Audiobook apps like Audible or Audiobooks.com have an inbuilt feature that shows the time it requires to finish an Audiobook. Knowing the time to finish a book can help you schedule & manage your time accordingly.
Do you want to finish more books this year? If yes, then go for audiobooks. They can help you out! How? It’s simple, turn the audiobook speed to 1.25 or 1.5 times. You will find it uncomfortable initially, but it will become your habit after listening for a few minutes.
Listening to Audiobooks is more comfortable than reading physical hardcover books. Isn’t it more convenient! You don’t need a reading chair or book stand, night reading light, bookmarks, highlighter, etc. You will only need good earphones and your smartphone.
Do you read fewer books or avoid reading just because it makes your eyes tired? Then it would be best if you went for audiobooks. This single pro of audiobook is enough for you to choose between audiobook vs. physical book.
This is one of the best benefit audiobooks give us over physical books. Who likes to carry heavy paperbacks while moving or relocating? With audiobooks, you don’t need Bookshelves to keep the books & you’ll not fall into the trap of leaving your favorite books while moving or relocating.
Like physical books, audiobooks also help you fall asleep, provided you are not listening to heavy books like 21 Lessons for 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari or any other research-based non-fiction books. Otherwise, you may never fall asleep, hahaha 😊.
Audiobooks are the biggest opportunity for people who have an Impairment disability and can’t read books.
This one is my favorite benefit of Audiobooks! Have you ever experienced not reading books for such a long time & then going through an audiobook to get back into reading books again?
Reading slump is something that every avid book reader goes through, and it’s important to end it ASAP. You can get out of the reading slump by listening to audiobooks!
Audiobooks are environmentally friendly. By listening to audiobooks, you are helping in fewer tree cuttings to create paperback books and ultimately saving the environment.
When you open the book, hold it, smell the pages, the feeling is very different than putting on your earbuds and listening to audiobooks. You will miss it for sure.
Audiobooks cost more than paperback as there are many people involved in the production of an audiobook. If you want to save some bucks, then paperback is the best option for you.
Not being able to go back and forth is the worst con of audiobooks. Of course, you can go back 15 or 30 secs, but you have to listen to know whether you want to stop at a particular moment or not.
The more effort any activity requires, the more benefit you’ll get out of that activity. The same is with reading habits.
It would help if you had full concentration, involve your all senses like touch, eyes, need a brain to process the words, imagination to create the picture, etc. to complete the reading activity.
Since listening to audiobooks is a passive thing, it’s easy to get distracted. You can lose your concentration anytime while listening to audiobooks. For example, you can fall asleep while listening to an audiobook and miss the important message the author has for you.
Narrators can make or break your listening experience. It may turn into the biggest con if there are multiple characters involved in the book. Also, you may or may not like the voice of the narrator and your whole experience.
You can’t highlight the part you like the most and want to read it in the future. You can’t see any diagrams, images and skim through the book to get the gist of it. You will not get the same reading experience.
|Pros of Audiobooks||Cons of Audiobooks|
|Audiobooks help you to do Multitasking||You’ll miss the feeling of reading physical books|
|You’ll know how much time it’ll take you to finish the audiobook||Audiobooks cost more than paperbacks|
|You can finish more books a year||You can’t go back and forth|
|No need for Reading Gadgets||You’ll not retain information for more time|
|Audiobooks save you from eye strain||It’s easy to get distracted|
|You can carry 1000’s of books anywhere||The quality of audiobooks is depended on narrators|
|Audiobooks can help you fall asleep||You’ll get less out of an audiobook|
|Audiobooks can help you get out of reading slumps|
So, books vs. audiobooks vs. ebooks- which one is better? In my opinion, it’s not a question at all. They all are just a medium to pass on a person’s wisdom, knowledge, and experience.
You can use all the mediums to your benefit. So I would recommend using audiobooks and paperback in different situations & getting the most out of them.