Let’s Talk Bookish | Audio-books

Good morning and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Audio-books: Reading or Not? (Aria @ Book Nook Bits)

Many thanks to Aria for suggesting this topic! Audio-books and whether they count as reading has been a huge debate through-out the reader community for a long time, and I’m curious to see what everyone thinks about this one.

In a word: yes. Audio-books do count as reading.

Now for the long version.

When I say reading, I don’t mean the actual physical act of using your eyes to read a book. I mean the general way that you absorb/understand the information from the book, be it in audio-format, an e-book, braille, etc.

Obviously, in it’s literal definition, audio-books don’t count as reading, because you are listening to the words, rather than reading them with your eyes.

But that doesn’t make audio-books any less of a way to read and enjoy a book.

For many people, that’s the only way for them to even read a book.

Just because the way you get the information is different, doesn’t mean it’s not reading or that it’s less than it. If someone was blind, or had poor eyesight, and audio-books were the only way for them to read a book, would you tell them that they aren’t a reader? That, by listening to audio-books, they aren’t really reading?

It all really depends on how you view the word “read”. I think of it to mean any way to understand, or know what the words are saying. Of course it also has a literal definition, of using your eyes to read the words, but I think it’s used a lot more figuratively to mean any way of, well, reading the words. There’s really no other word to use.

This Week’s Participants:

Ashlee @ Books Are 42 | Jane @ Blogger Books | Dani @ Literary Lion | Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads

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This post was rather short, but there isn’t much for me to say. I think that listening to audio-books counts as reading, just as much as reading a physical book does. What do you think? Do you listen to audio-books? Is listening to audio-books the same as reading a physical one? Chat with me in the comments below!

18 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish | Audio-books

  1. I have never listened to an audiobook before but I have a friend that is obsessed! I tend to go for podcasts instead when I want to listen to something. I love the feeling of a book in my hand and I just love collecting them! A stack of books is always a pretty sight 🙂

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  2. Wonderfully put, Rukky! ❤ I've seen this debate circling around the reading community for a while, and I truly don't understand how it has stirred up so much commotion. I really love and agree with what you said here: "Just because the way you get the information is different, doesn’t mean it’s not reading or that it’s less than it." A book is ultimately created to deliver information, whether that be as a story, instructions, or some other form of literature, matters not. Absorbing this material is what I consider “reading” to be, regardless if it’s done through auditory or visual means. 🙂

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  3. Great discussion! I totally agree with you 🙂
    I’m planning to post mine next week, couldn’t write it before today 🙈


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  4. I think you and I really have the same opinion on this subject but also somehow approached it differently. We both agree that audiobooks absolutely count as “reading” when it comes to enjoying the story and counting a book as read, but that they’re different from the physical act of reading and that both experiences differ slightly.

    Great post ♥

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  5. I have the EXACT SAME OPINION. Reading shouldn’t be defined by the physical part of it, but by the joy and fun of the story! And you’re so right, for many people it’s the only way to enjoy a book and it’s so unfair it doesn’t count then…
    Happy reading!

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  6. I have to be honest, I’ve never listened to a full audiobook before.. 😬 . I find it hard to concentrate and be as immersed in the story as I am when I actually read the book myself. I know most people say audiobooks are practically the same thing as physically reading the book but I don’t know. I really like your definition of “reading” so I definitely agree. Audiobooks count as reading. I just can’t really compare them, though. Not that one is better than the other, it’s just quite different, at least to me.

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    1. I have the same problem. It’s easy to get carried away when I’m listening to something, and I’m just a very visual person and really prefer reading, or seeing something rather than listening to several hours worth of someone reading it to me.
      They aren’t the same thing, because you’ll have different experiences, but you’re still getting the same story, so it’s the same thing in that regard. Yeah, I agree it is different.
      Thanks for reading ❤

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