Audiobooks or reading?

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Panther
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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by Panther » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:30 pm

It's real books for me every time. For a start there's something special in just being able to pick up the book and hold it in your hands, look at the loose cover, open it, check when it was first published and how many times it's been reprinted. Then there's often information about the author on the cover which serves to wet the appetite and draw you in to really wanting to read it straight away. If those first few lines are doing their job they hook you and draw you in. By the end of just the first one or two pages you are caught; you're dying to know more about that first character and what on earth is going to happen to them. If it's non-fiction, there is that thirst for knowledge, that eagerness to learn something new which makes you desperate to read further.
As I've got older I've found it increasingly more difficult to assimilate and retain facts as I read. It's therefore great to have the book in your possession; you can go back and re-read a sentence or a whole page as often as you like. You can dip into it next day, next month, whenever you like.
Once read, books for me can become valued possessions; something to keep and treasure.
Yes, it's reading for me every time. :D
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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by Medusa » Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:10 pm

Physical books for me always. I dont get on well with Kindles and as someone else said I cant listen to anything if their voice annoys me (which is a frequent thing). I could spend hours in second hand book shops and have no issues with pre-loved books at all. I will happily buy books online and have several of them on my Amazon wish list which are out of print, however my kids have a real issue with buying them for me. I love the smell and feel of books and how they look on my bookshelves. Ereaders just remind me of those magic slate things I had as a kid.
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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by jansman » Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:03 am

Right now I have returned to my paper library. Re reading some smashing books. During lockdown, I am doing as much physical, manual labour as I can to keep fit,Then about mid afternoon we retire to the Summerhouse and read. TV and internet is totally off limits as all we hear and read there is The Obvious.
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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by redskies » Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:27 am

Both. Real books are reference/tutorial/how to books. Kindle books - over 1800 - for everything else and audio books for when I have stuff to do & want something in the background. With very few exceptions, I will usually listen to an audiobook when I've already read the book.


(If you have kids & an audible account, there's loads of free stuff to stream for kids from teeny to teen right now.)

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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by omega man » Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:48 am

Simply anything, physical books, Kindle/E books, PDF's, audio books, newspapers and magazines. I see no reason to limit where I find the written word.
Obviously some mediums are better suited to a situation than others, For example, I like the kindle if reading in bed due to it being lightweight and back lit. Reference books can be good as actual books for flicking back through quickly and sharing.
For me it's fluid.

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Re: Audiobooks or reading?

Post by lostmind » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:12 pm

I prefer to read books, especially when you have a series and new books to follow, for the kids it builds up thier knowledge and it increases their vocabulary. While we are reading we also have the record player on, and that really sets the mood for reading. I am not against audio books or kindles but for me, if my kids had them they would take the easy way out... We have a large selection of books from fiction to reference books and dictionaries. We try to have fun with the reference and dictionaries by setting activities and games by giving them a word/place/animal and they have to race to find it.

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