Attention all readers, June is audiobook appreciation month. The month where you can shamelessly (and simply) press play and let your ears and mind wander. Celebrate by giving your eyes a rest and allow a narrator to guide you through the trials and tribulations of a story-line.
We love books in all of their forms. However, there is something fascinating about unwinding with an audiobook. To celebrate this glorious month, we wanted to share three reasons the staff at the UNG Press loves audiobooks.
Audiobooks are perfect for all types of listeners.
Audiobooks are popular because of the ease that comes with listening to them. One can immerse themselves in an adventurous plot while exercising or be inspired with a life lesson while on their morning commute. The possibilities are endless. However, Statista (2017) has found that “some 28 percent of consumers listen to audiobooks most often on a desktop or laptop.” This statistic sheds light on another way consumers can enjoy audiobooks. Instead of flicking on the television, let the spoken word and your imagination inspire.
There are so many options to choose from – and the list is growing!
It can sometimes be exhausting searching through aisles hoping to find a title that speaks to you. It can become overwhelming and eventually feel as though you are alone. However, the audiobook industry is growing – and fast. In 2016, Good-E-Reader stated, “The Audio Publishers of America has stated that every year for the past three years 36,000 audiobooks were issued.” With the growing number of audiobooks, a reader could never feel alone. There will always be a book for every reader.
You can share the book with others.
The traditional way to read a book can sometimes be lonely with you being the sole navigator through a strange new world. One of the major benefits of audiobooks is their ability to be shared with others. Listen to a story with others, have a meaningful discussion, be inspired by how various listeners interpreted the meaning of the work.
If you are looking for a platform to find great audiobooks at a small cost, we recommend Audible. At the moment, Audible is offering a free 30 day trial and if you enjoy their service, it is only $14.95 per month.
Audiobooks are a great way to be inspired while navigating through a busy, chaotic world. This June, start an audiobook and leave a comment about which audiobook you chose and how it made you feel. Happy listening!