7 Pros and seven Cons of Audiobooks

I just finished my first audiobook. Also it was an experience worth sharing:

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I had been reading reviews and blogs and tweets about Seth Godin’s newest book, Linchpin. Attended a couple of bookshops walking on to work/home; it wasn’t available. Therefore i went to Amazon.com to get one. I became at Amazon from a while, and was surprised to view the alternatives available: Kindle (ebook download), hardcover, paperback, audio CD and audio download. Audio download appeared as if the best option and so i checked it. It took me to Audible.com — an Amazon company, where a sound download had been offered for USD7.49 with an all new membership! I enrolled, paid the money, downloaded the ebook, and started playing it immediately! The rewards:

1. It’s fast. I had been hearing the ebook after just a couple of clicks in short while.
2. It’s cheap. Book versions were USD13–25.
3. It’s convenient. I copied the file to my iPhone to pay attention in doing my commute both to and from work.
4. It’s safe. A copy each on my computer, iPhone and backup will probably last (damage-free) provided that I wish.
5. It takes no space. So less clutter. Dont worry about if they should keep, sell, recycle or give-away.
6. It’s environment-friendly. No paper, ink, chemicals.
7. It’s comfortable. For an individual who spends time and effort in front of computers or books, this is a great break to the eyes. You can listen while standing, walking or prone.

As well as the disadvantages:

1. You’ll need technology — computer, Internet access, applications like iTunes, and power
2. You will need a handheld device to increase the usage of audiobooks — iPhone, iPod or other Mp3 music player
3. You need a bank card for online purchase
4. You cannot share. I enjoy giving away my books to a person who might enjoy/benefit. Most audiobooks is not shared on multiple computers/accounts.
5. You simply can’t refer just as easily. I love to return to particular passages in my favorite books for inspiration/information/sharing. In audiobooks, you’ll be able to fast-forward to chapters however it is challenging to see a exact passage you are interested in.
6. You can lose it easily — if you don’t possess a good backup system.
7. You become anti-social. Your odds of interesting conversations with strangers greatly diminish in the event you go around with headphones with your ears.

On balance, I think it depends upon yourself, circumstances and also the level of book you would like to read. Please take a matter of minutes to share your views through comments: Have you ever tried an audiobook? Otherwise, do you want to? Any alternative benefits and drawbacks are you able to think of? short stories