Audiobook vs Ebook. Which is better? Are you wasting time listening to audiobooks?

I love reading books, but the number of books that have managed to read in the last few years is downright pathetic. I have many excuses... kids, wife, youtube!! But the simple fact is that, in this daily grind of life, finding a dedicated time-slot for reading books is very difficult. Until a few months back, I would have never considered listening to audiobooks.

I have always looked down upon them. I have been a snob insisting on the superiority of reading experience over listening to an audiobook. I would argue that reading is an active exercise as opposed to listening to audiobooks which is passive. Now, I had no data to back this up, but I believed in it anyway. I had never tried audiobooks and continued believing that if you listen to an audiobook, you wouldn't absorb its contents as efficiently as reading it.

Luckily, someone in my family who loves audiobooks gifted me 3 months of audible subscription. I had no idea how my reading habits would get altered because of this gift. If you are not familiar with audible, think of it as spotify of audiobooks. Since installing audible in my phone, I have listened to more books in the last 3 months than I read in the last 3 years.

I have come to the conclusion that there is no difference between reading or listening to an audiobook. I am able to absorb the contents of the book regardless of the format.The biggest advantage of audio books is that you don't need to allocate a dedicated timeslot for reading. Since audible app is on my phone, I can listen to books while I drive in my car. And you have no idea how productive this is.

Earlier I would listen to talk radio while commuting back and forth from work. I now realize how toxic that talk radio shit is. It would make me angry and depressed and by the time I would arrive at my destination, I would be pissed off. On average, I spend about 30 mins in my car everyday. Thats 2.5 hrs in a week and 10 hrs in a month. I can easily finish a book or two in that time. Which is precisely what I have been doing for the last 3 months.

"7 habits of highly effective people" is a great book which I have owned for a couple of years. But I couldn't find time to read it, it just sat on the shelf for over two years. Now thanks to audible, I have finished it my car while commuting to work. So long story short, I think audiobooks are awesome. I have converted from an ebook snob to an audiobook fanboy. If you are an ebook snob who is curious about audiobooks, then you should try Audible. Amazon is running a free trial membership for Audible. You will be able to cancel anytime before your trial membership ends, so it's a win-win situation.

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