Great advantages to listening to audiobooks
First, let’s clear up a misconception. Listening to audiobooks counts as reading. Think of it as books for your ears instead of your eyes. Audiobooks give you another way to experience and enjoy books!
So what are the advantages to listening to audiobooks?
The biggest advantage is cost. Lots of online services offer audiobooks – for a fee. The library gives you the chance to stream or check out audiobooks for free. We have books on CD in our branches plus we offer digital versions through Hoopla and the Ohio Digital Library, and Libby. All at no charge to you!
- Portable. You can listen to an audiobook anywhere using your smartphone. You can also listen using your computer or smart speaker.
- Enjoy having a book read to you. Audiobooks have fantastic, expressive narrators!
- Fit more reading into your schedule. Even if you still enjoy reading books, audiobooks give you the chance to listen when you can’t read like while you’re driving.
- Multitask. Listen while you’re at the gym, walking the dog, doing housework, gardening, or standing in line at the grocery.
- In the dark. You can’t read in the dark but you can listen to a book with no problem.
- Learn a new language. Listen to an audiobook in your new language. It’s a great way to practice your new skill.
- If holding a book is uncomfortable, listen to an audiobook.
- Family time. Play an audiobook when you’re in the car with the kids. It’s a great way to share a book.
- If you or one of your kiddos has dyslexia, audiobooks are a great way to enjoy books. For reading assignments, listen to the audiobook as you follow along in the physical book.
Getting started listening to audiobooks
For audiobooks on CD, visit one of our branches to explore our collection.
To listen on your smartphone or tablet, download the Hoopla or Libby app. You’ll need your library card number to set up your account. Don’t have a library card? Apply for one of our eCards.
Have questions about how to download an app or get started? Ask our team of experts!