33% of U.S. high school graduates will never read a book after high school, and 42% of college students will never read another book after they graduate. 80% of U.S. households did not buy a book this year.*
The human race loves stories and we love learning – it is part of who we are. So why the terrible statistics in reading? There is a myriad of reasons why some people just don’t read; we’ve all heard them:
- There isn’t enough time in the day
- I am just too tired by the time I have a chance to sit down and read
- For me reading is too much of a chore and not enough of a pleasure
But what if instead of reading with our eyes, we were encouraged to read with our ears? Audiobooks should be considered the equivalent of reading and afforded the same respect. People have listened to stories far longer than we’ve been reading them (some 100,000 years longer, in fact). To some extent, our brains may be hard-wired to process audio easier than written text.
So are audiobooks for you? Here are some reasons to consider that you should try them out:
1 – Audio books are hands-free. Working on something else with your hands? Arthritis? Breastfeeding? Are you a one-armed pirate? Whatever the reason you can’t hold a book or even an e-reader, audio books solve that problem.
2 – Audio books allow you to multi-task. Listen up busy bodies – this one is for you. Start up that audio book while you are cleaning, cooking, working out, or whatever. ‘No time’ is no longer an excuse.
3 – Audio books are for commuters. Driving, bussing, biking, walking – however you get to where you are going, an audio book will help pass the time. The best part is, no one has to know which book you are currently reading (ahem – erotica readers).
4 – Audio books are a wonderful alternative for those with visual impairments. We aren’t just talking blindness – we are talking eye-tracking problems, dyslexia, phonemic awareness, and other processing issues. Did you know 15% of the U.S. has a reading disorder, and 50% of NASA employees have dyslexia?
There are some downsides to audio books. One that I consistently hear about (and complain about myself) is the cost. Case in point, the first e-book of my Akasha Series, ‘Water‘ is free. The audio equivalent is $17.95 on Amazon. Ack! However, Audible (Amazon’s audio book company) does a good job of offering deals. New members start out with one free book, then get one book for $14.95 every month. Granted, it is a far cry from free, but it may be worth saving a little time, and entertaining yourself on the road or while you do chores.
Look into the program, and start listening! Click here to listen to a sample of ‘Water, Book One of the Akasha Series’ and let me know what you think!
*statistics found on http://www.statisticbrain.com/reading-statistics/ and applies to U.S. households only