The reasons for any lover of books to switch to audiobooks are plentiful and many people are now listening to audiobooks on an ipad. Whether the concern is price, convenience, durability, or ease of use, there is no shortage of reasons to switch to audiobooks and being able to use them in conjunction with your ipad is making them even more poplar
When the topic of change comes up, more often than not price is a motivating factor. In general, the price of a new book at the bookstore will range between five and thirty dollars. Though many times retailers will be running some sort of new release special, the price of a new hardcover remains high.
This is not so with audiobooks. Many new releases in audiobook formats can be purchased for as little as three dollars. Additionally, many websites run specials such as being able to rent unlimited audiobooks for $24.95 per month.
Convenience is also a driving factor when it comes to switching formats to audiobooks. No other format is as versatile, allowing the user to purchase and download onto a multitude of devices, including ipads ipods etc. The purchase and download process has become extremely intuitive over the past few years. Simply choose the provider of your choice, enter your payment information, and within minutes you can have an entire library at your fingertips, which can be accessed at any time with the push of a button.
Audiobooks are also a big draw due to their durability. More specifically, their lack of a physical presence which makes their durability a non-factor. Print books, unless treated with the most utmost care, will eventually wear to the point that they must be replaced. Books on CD must also be cared for in order to avoid damage, and will again eventually lose their ability to function. Audiobooks in a form such as .mp3 will literally last forever. There is no upkeep required, no need to worry about how they should be cared for. Quite simply, they are the perfect book.
Lastly, and perhaps the single most important aspect to many of us, is ease of use. At first glance, this fact wouldn’t seem to apply well in the category of books. After all, they have no moving parts, and serve their purpose flawlessly simply by existing. However, once you look a little deeper, audiobooks prove to be even easier to use. After purchasing an audiobook and downloading it to your ipad or other portable device, you simply select which book you would like to hear, then sit back and enjoy. No worries about finding a well lit corner of a room, or making sure you have a bookmark, or even locating a napkin because you don’t want to mess up the pages with what you are eating. With no book to hold, or pages to turn, you are left to do nothing but enjoy the world that is being created for you, at your leisure.
The examples listed are simply a small sampling of reasons why switching to Audiobooks on to an ipad is a smart idea. There are as many advantages as there are books to listen to. Enjoy!
Technology and the classroom are beginning to form a rather unique relationship and as technology continues to develop so will it impact learning. Take for example audiobooks, they are becoming widely available at different price points so as to provide affordable options for people and educational audio books are growing in popularity.
These portable devices are also making education a unique and individual experience; individual in that audiobooks have become a student’s own personal, interactive educational tool that they can control and over time, with technology advancing so rapidly they may become an ever increasing supplemental educational tool with teachers.
Let’s face it, people have different learning styles and not all students grasp concepts as easily by just sitting at a desk and reading chapters from a book. According to researchers audiobooks will become a vital tool in alternate educational resources. What that means is that students have access to pages and pages of information and it is only a click away.
Audiobooks have become a very lucrative enterprise, it is currently a two-billion dollar industry in the United States and according to the Audio Publishers Association the number of households that have purchased or listened to an audiobook has more than doubled over the past three years.
So what does this mean? The data can be interpreted in such a way as to demonstrate that physical readership has decreased in the United States and people are employing new ways to obtain knowledge; especially students. Nowadays, kids are even more busy than before and are constantly in transit; from baseball to soccer practice and music lessons, and play dates.
Audiobooks open up a world of possibilities for kids who are not able to sit still for hours on end engaged in reading a textbook. Reading is merely the mechanical means to an end and what is that end? Gathering content so that you have learned the concepts. Listening is just another way to get to desired end and it does not necessarily have to compromise the growth and advancement of other skills.
Also, it is very important to add that the use of audiobooks can help a student who is more adept at learning through listening. This type of learner is called an auditory learner and they learn best through hearing. They simply grasp knowledge better when they listen to them and audiobooks could be an excellent tool for driving home various concepts. Research even suggests that auditory learners can benefit from watching videos, taping notes after writing them, and using audiotapes. So it stands to reason that audiobooks would be an excellent supplemental educational tool if you have a student or are the parent of a child who leans more toward this learning style.
Additionally, audiobooks can be a fun alternative to reading. The process of learning can sometimes be tedious and monotonous because sometimes a child’s faculties are only engaged in one way but when a student’s senses are engaged in such a way that learning becomes fun, well then that benefit alone is worth its weight in gold and educational audio books should be therfore always be considered when tryig to learn or teach.