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    Do you prefer to read or listen to your books?

    My vision is failing and even the Large Print offerings from the library tax what vision I do have when I'm tired. I started dabbling in e-books about a year ago in an attempt to get even larger print and better contrast and it seems to be working. However, my wife suggested that I try an audiobook and I gotta say, I think I like it- at least the professionally done ones from the publisher as opposed to the synthesized voice of the screen reader.

    I find that I tend to stay more focused when listening to a story instead of music, and I finish the story faster than if I read it myself. Not to mention that the odd foreign language segments are pronounced correctly vs my inner voice butchering it or just skimming over it.

    I've installed Overdrive on my Nexus tablet in order to access both e-books and audiobooks from my local library. I'm thinking about doing the same for my laptop (if there is an app for Win8) and sync'ing them.

    I have noticed that there isn't as big of a selection of audiobooks as e-books, which again aren't as many as hardcopy offerings- at least through my library. I may have to check out Amazon's Audible catalog and see if it would be worth it to pay for the service in order to listen to complete series.

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    Read. It takes me much less time to read than listen as I can read a few lines a time. Listening I have to hear it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
    read. It takes me much less time to read than listen as i can read a few lines a time. Listening i have to hear it all.
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    I prefer audiobooks, my wife prefers Kindle versions. I've listened to hundreds of them, all free from either Overdrive or NetLibrary. Mostly listened to while cycling
    My wife has read hundreds of Kindle books, all free from Overdrive.

    If I can't find the specific book I want in the preferred format I request that the library order it; if all else fails I request the library get the hardback book.

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    Reading, but taking up all the space that they do...and being able to listen while on the go (like with my podcasts) has made me consider audiobooks (too bad they usually go for $15-20 compared to books you can pick up for $5)
    Then there's the nightmare of loading it to your mp3 player if you don't have a high profile gadget (ipod, smartphone)
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    Quote Originally Posted by krobinson103 View Post
    Read. It takes me much less time to read than listen as I can read a few lines a time. Listening I have to hear it all.
    When listening, I'm captive to the speaker's interpretation of the material, through tone, phrasing, accent, and other vocal/verbal emphases; when reading, I'm "partnered" with the author, joining to make the content come alive in my mind's eye (and ear). So, it's reading... hands-down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrozombie View Post
    Reading, but taking up all the space that they do...and being able to listen while on the go (like with my podcasts) has made me consider audiobooks (too bad they usually go for $15-20 compared to books you can pick up for $5)
    Then there's the nightmare of loading it to your mp3 player if you don't have a high profile gadget (ipod, smartphone)
    No need for expensive playback devices or wacko synching procedureswith Itunes, Windows Media Player, or some other proprietary BS. Get a plain jane mp3 player, that drags and drops WMA/mp3 files just like a thumb drive. No nightmare unless transferring files to/from a thumb drive is too much trouble. Lightweight and easy to carry while mobile in any kind of weather, lasts for many hours on a single charge. Good features like recall and bookmarking. No need for Tagging files. Available at Walmart and other stores for $20 or so. An example is the Phillips GoGear Philips 4GB Gogear RaGa MP3 Player - Walmart.com.


    Download the audiobooks in wma or mp3 format for free from your library.

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    I'm a reader, but I have listened to a couple of audiobooks whilst driving and enjoyed that. I find that it's much faster to read a book though.

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    Here at my job my officemate and I decided to listen to a Harry Potter audio book. Mind you this is my first time and while the voice was quite entertaining it was nonetheless extremely distracting.

    Short answer reading is the way to go, but you seem to have a better time with audio books. I might give audiobooks another try, maybe in a more isolated setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bara View Post
    Here at my job my officemate and I decided to listen to a Harry Potter audio book. Mind you this is my first time and while the voice was quite entertaining it was nonetheless extremely distracting.

    Short answer reading is the way to go, but you seem to have a better time with audio books. I might give audiobooks another try, maybe in a more isolated setting.
    How distracting would it be to for you or your officemate to read a Harry Potter book or any other book at work?

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    Read. Because then I'm truly involved with it and it has my full attention. If i'm listening to something it's because I'm filling the dead air while I am doing something else. I wouldn't just turn it on and sit on the couch and stare at the wall, or close my eyes (i'd fall asleep). So listening it wouldn't have my full attention.

    I also prefer real books. I don't have an e-reader. I love displaying books in my home as well.
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    @I-Like-To-Bike

    You make a valid point, especially since I work in data entry.

    I don't completely dismiss audio-books, but I guess I need to try it in a more isolated setting.
    Last edited by Bara; 11-16-14 at 05:00 PM.

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    I prefer books.Most edifying!

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