Audiobooks and Ebooks are popular across age groups and demographics. From the academic to the leisure reader, these alternative books are now indispensable. Demand for these books is growing, and it has surpassed demand for printed versions. Sometimes back, Amazon reported that for every 100 printed books they sell, they sell 105 digital books. Audiobooks and Ebooks have many benefits that sustain their demand and popularity. Readers and listeners love them for the following reasons:
Benefits of audiobooks
Audiobooks are convenient
You can listen to a talking book almost everywhere, anytime and even when doing other tasks. People are busy. Even the avid readers lack the time to engage in their hobby. Audiobooks solves this problem. All you need is to download and store the book in your gadget. Access the book any time you want and conveniently “read it with your ears”.
Audiobooks are readily available
With the right technology, you can easily download the book you want. Many modern titles have audio versions, and readers can buy them from online stores.
Talking books brings books to life
They make books entertaining. Gifted narrators bring out the humor in the book and make the book lively and interesting. People who are not natural readers like audiobooks for this reason.
Audiobooks have been proven to be essential learning tools
People now have access to books that would otherwise be beyond their reading level. Students can quickly learn critical listening and pronunciation.
Talking books can be cheap
There are many free audiobooks. There are also many rental services that have made access to audiobooks cheap.
Audio books require no physical space
These books do not clutter. You don’t need a physical library, and you will not need to keep on arranging your books.
Audiobooks are safe to use
Traditional reading can take a toll on eyes. Many people require reading glasses to read printed books. Audiobooks make it easy for such people. In fact, audiobooks were first developed for visually impaired people. The technology has since developed to offer convenience to all and sundry.
Audiobooks are green
They require no paper to be published. Environmental conscious people prefer them to printed versions that lead to cutting of trees for paper. Audiobooks also need no chemicals and no ink. They are environmental friendly in many aspects.
Benefits of e-books
Here are just a few of the benefits eBooks provide:
- Ebooks are ageless
- Owners are not worried about issues like fires and mildew.
- Ebooks are green
- No paper is needed for publishing needs. There is no fuel used to process paper or to transport the books.
- Ebooks promote reading
- Modern populations spend a lot of time on computers and other gadgets. The reading culture was on the decline, but Ebooks made reading cool.
- Ebooks are easily available and can reach readers a few hours after publishing
- Readers can now access books without publishing and distribution delays. Ebooks can also be easily edited to update, correct errors or add information
- Ebooks are portable and convenient to use
- Ebooks require no physical space. When reading them online, you can easily scroll and search the information you need.
- Ebooks are cheaper to produce and publish
- They require fewer investments to produce. More publishers will continue passing this benefit to readers and prices will continue to plummet.
- Access to free Ebooks
- There are many free Ebooks. There are many websites that give access to free Ebooks. Many classics can, for instance, be downloaded for free. Many marketers also offer free Ebooks as incentives.
- Ebooks can be interactive
- Some Ebooks allow readers to leave their comments and to ask questions. Writers can get feedback and readers can get confusing issues clarified.
- Ebooks can escape censorship
- Ebooks cannot be easily banned or banished. Oversensitive authorities lack the means for censoring them. Readers are the ultimate judges of the book.
- Ebooks can be customized and personalized
- Readers can customize their copies in ways that suit them. They can edit out some parts, they can play with formatting and can combine different books.
- Ebooks can be easily translated
- Readers across linguistic orientations can access any books despite its original language. With technological advancements in translation software, readers can even do their translations.
Audiobooks and Ebooks have enhanced access to books. They are popular because they are in tune with modern lifestyles. They have rekindled the love for books in avid readers and made books attractive to those without much affinity to books. Thanks to them, reading is now hip and cool.