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Listening is the new reading

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If you’re behind on some of your reading goals for the year and want to catch up, I’d recommend checking out Amazon’s Audible program.

You get two free audiobooks as part of signing up.

I listen to audiobooks on the road, at home, and at the gym. It’s also a pleasure to take a respite from the lite bright of my phone or Kindle.

According to recent studies, people comprehend books listening just as much as they do reading them. The brain doesn’t have to do any additional decoding.

Says University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham:

“If you take the question from the perspective of cognitive psychology — that is, the mental processes involved — there is no real difference between listening to a book and reading it. So, according to that understanding of the question: No, audiobooks are not cheating.”

Of course, there’s no beating the tangible reading experience of a paperback with the sound and smell of turning fresh pages.

But listening is a viable alternative for tired eyes or anyone on the move. Here’s the list of benefits:

Audible Free Trial benefits

  • Get two free audiobooks to start — after 30 days, get 1 book each month for $14.95/month
  • Get 30% off the price of additional audiobook purchases
  • Cancel anytime. Your books are yours to keep, even if you cancel.

Remember: You’re getting 2 FREE Audible books.

About: Audible, an Amazon company, offers the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks and spoken word content. With Audible, customers can listen anytime and anywhere to professionally-narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres.

Listening is the new reading

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.