7 Pros and 7 Cons of Audiobooks
I simply finished my first audiobook. Plus it was an event worth sharing:
I used to be reading reviews and blog articles and tweets about Seth Godin's newest book, Linchpin. Went to a few bookshops on my way to work/home; it wasn't available. So I went to Amazon.com to get one. I used to be at Amazon after a number of years, and was surprised to find out your options available: Kindle (ebook download), hardcover, paperback, audio CD and audio download. Audio download seemed like the quickest option therefore i checked it. It took me to Audible.com - an Amazon company, where a good download had been offered for just USD7.49 with a brand new membership! I signed up, paid the amount of money, downloaded it, and began paying attention to it right away! The benefits:
1. It's fast. I became playing the novel after only a few clicks in matter of minutes.
2. It's cheap. Book versions were USD13-25.
3. It's convenient. I copied the file to my iPhone to listen in doing my commute from work.
4. It's safe. A copy each on my computer, iPhone and backup probably will last (damage-free) provided that If only.
5. It takes no space. So less clutter. Don't worry about it about if they should keep, put up for sale, recycle or give-away.
6. It's environment-friendly. No paper, ink, chemicals.
7. It's comfortable. For someone who spends lots of time in front of computers or books, a great break to the eyes. It is possible to listen while standing, walking or lying down.
And also the disadvantages:
1. You'll need technology - computer, Throttle, applications like iTunes, and power supply
2. You will need a handheld device to optimize the usage of audiobooks - iPhone, iPod or other Mp3 music player
3. You will need a credit card for online purchase
4. You cannot share. I love handing out my books to anyone who might enjoy/benefit. Most audiobooks is not shared on multiple computers/accounts.
5. You cannot refer as fast. I love to get back on particular passages in my favorite books for inspiration/information/sharing. In audiobooks, you are able to fast-forward to chapters however it is hard to visit the exact passage you are looking for.
6. It is possible to lose it easily - if you don't have a very good backup system.
7. You in turn become anti-social. Your odds of interesting conversations with strangers greatly diminish if you go around with headphones with your ears.
On balance, I think it depends upon your way of life, circumstances and also the kind of book you want to read. Relax and take a couple of minutes to express your views through comments: Maybe you have tried an audiobook? Or else, will you? The other advantages and disadvantages is it possible to think about?