Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts, and this week Frank wants to know…
Aside from those with physical limitations that would impair their ability to actually read, does listening to audio books count as actually reading in your mind? Why or why not?
I’m not a purist when it comes to reading books. There are those who say that the only way to read a book is to pick up the book in your hands and physically turn the pages. They say that reading an ebook should not count as reading a book. I think that’s ridiculous. My entire book collection, these days, is on my iPhone in my Kindle app. And when I read an ebook, I consider it to be reading a book, even though I’m not actually holding a printed, physical book in my hands.
As to audio books, I haven’t partaken in that form of book reading. But I don’t see that there’s any big deal to be made of listening to someone read a book to you versus reading the book yourself. It still counts as having read the book.
To my mind, the point is to enjoy the contents of the book, so whether you require the feel and smell of a printed book, would rather enjoy the convenience of reading a book on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, or would prefer to hear someone’s voice reading it to you, it’s fine with me. I am pro-choice and as I often say, “whatever floats your boat.”