For more than two decades now, people have been given the opportunity to absorb the content of published books without actually having to sit down and read the pages.
The purpose of audio books is to provide people the knowledge and the important content that is written in a book, in a manner that would be massively appreciated and more easily accessed by all people.
Audio books are basically one of the modern ways on how education is being provided to people. They are fun, easier and sometimes are far cheaper than the published edition of books.
Because audiobooks are recorded, they obviously can reach more people. In one audio book playing session, lots of people can listen to the content and learn. Comparatively, only one person can read a book at a time, and it would take days, sometimes months, before a single book is completely read.
Modern educators also recognize the potential of audio books in teaching children. Thus, currently, there are numerous audio books that are designed to basically teach children to write and read.
Aside from that, some audio books also learn learning strategies that help listeners raise the level of their reading comprehension skills. Experts assert that young people can easily retain knowledge that they heard than read.
Listening to books is also appealing and makes learning more interesting because of the creative ways of presentation. Dramatization techniques and the use of music and sound effects make up for a better and more lively form of presentation.
While it is not possible to do in print media, it is the strength of the audio media.
Different formats of audio books
There are three major format types of audio books. There are CDs, cassette tapes and Internet downloads. All formats have specific uses and advantages and all cater to different audience.
CDs today dominate the audio book format because they are easily accessible, easily carried and produces better sound quality. Almost all audio equipment nowadays are equipped with CD playing capacities.
Cassette tapes are the pioneering format because the first audio books introduced to the market more than two decades ago were in the form of cassette tapes.
Still, some people prefer the cassette format over CDs because cassette tapes do not easily break and playing cassettes in players are simpler. Some people are also just determined to not bid goodbye to their cassettes easily.
Downloadable formats of audio books make up about 6% of the current audio book market globally. An online user can easily download an audio book in a Web site for such activities.
However, some people do not rely on online purchases, especially if the transactions would require credit card accounts. Quality and speed of downloading also depend on the Internet connection, whether its broadband or the slower dial up, and the memory capacity of the computer.
Playing audio book downloads also is not that convenient because people can only play them using the computer. Otherwise, the audio book download must be burned or transferred to a CD. That way, the format becomes CD, but the source is Internet download.
Listening practices for audio books
It is estimated that currently, there are close to 25,000 titles of audio books on the format types of cassettes, downloads or CDs. These titles also range from novels, to learning books, to simple know hows to history.
Whatever the content type, audio books are truly effective means of imparting knowledge to people.
Because listening is not as tedious as other physical activities, people find audio books more advantageous. Thus, a listener can also do other activities or chores while at the same time, listening to an audio book.
For example, a housewife can listen to an audio book while doing the laundry. An executive can listen to an audio book while driving his way to the office.
Blind people can also make use of audio books. Since they cannot read, and books published especially for the blind are limited in number and are hard to find, blind people can always opt to buy audio books instead.
Audio books are also great because they can be replayed or paused anytime. Thus, a learner could easily retrieve data by simply clicking the rewind button, or skip unnecessary portions of a book by pushing the fast forward function button.
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