Are you someone who would like to read more often? Plenty of people struggle with finding the time to sit down and read books. Today, there are so many great books available in audio form that you don’t actually have to just sit and read. Do audiobooks provide the same benefits as reading, though?
Amy Elliot-Meisel is an Academic Program Coordinator with a passion for reading. Today she shares the benefits of reading versus listening to audiobooks.
Benefits of audiobooks:
- More immersive than written text.
- Ability to listen while you do other tasks such as cleaning, cooking, driving, etc.
- Fantastic for audial learners or people who struggle to read, such as those with dyslexia.
- More portable than books.
- Provides many of the same benefits as reading written words, such as improving vocabulary, helping you relax, etc.
- Audiobooks are better at improving pronunciation skills because you are actually hearing the words said aloud, which is especially helpful for kids or people learning a second language.
Benefits of traditional books:
- There is a wider variety of written books to choose from, as not every book gets made into audio form.
- Traditional books can be more affordable than audiobooks.
- Read at your own pace instead of having to keep up with the speaker.
- Often times when reading, you can zone out and miss information. It is much easier to go back to the spot where you zoned out than it is to rewind an audiobook.
Both audiobooks and traditional books provide great benefits to your brain and well-being. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide which format you prefer.
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