I love to read, I have a pile of books so high I can barely reach the top, I also love to listen to audiobooks – I like the way an actor or author can put emphasis in places I didn’t expect it or play a character in a way I hadn’t imagined.
Of the two formats though there is still nothing like reading a book yourself. Curling up on the sofa, book in hand and just reading and immersing yourself in it.
When I listen to audiobooks it is always while doing something else – while walking, while working on the computer, while washing up or while avoiding people in town.
It doesn’t give me the same level of immersion that a paper book does – but its for that very reason that I use audiobooks a lot more than I use paper books.
It’s for that reason I get through three or four audiobooks in a month and maybe one paper book in two months.
But even if I do get my hands on a Kindle I’m going to have the same problems that are in place with paper books – time.
I don’t have time to sit and get completely immersed in a book – I get about an hour a day to myself where I don’t have to do anything else and that isn’t enough time to properly read.
I would start reading, get a few chapters in and then I’d have to put it down when my time is up and I need to walk to work, change a nappy, do the washing up or … well write something.
However, If I could have an audio version (unabridged) and a text version of the same story on my Kindle (owned by Amazon who also own Audible) and then have that audio version and text version linked – I would be extremely happy.
Let me explain.
The text version has chapter markings, the unabridged audio version could easily have chapter markings – if you could link both version together I could finish reading the text version in the evening and then, when I walk to work the next day have the audio version take over from where I left off.
I could then get home again that evening and finish reading (have the Kindle automatically open the story where the audio version left off) during my spare hour.
That way I get, as my daughters favourite TV personality would say, the best of both worlds.
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