On Reading and Listening to Audio Books

A brief rant:

In my perusal of productivity content, I continually come across writers who give tips on “how to read more books.” It is not uncommon to discover that one of the tips or practices of these voracious consumers of the written word is listening to audio books.

Listening to audio books is not reading books for the same reason that listening to the news on the radio is not reading the newspaper. To say that you are reading more books when you are actually listening to more books is a bit disingenuous.

There is, of course, nothing wrong with listening to audio books, but it isn’t reading. By all means enjoy your audio books, but if you want to read more, then you’ll actually have to read more.

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