New West library touts the magic of e-Audiobooks

If you haven’t tried an e-Audiobook yet and insist they are not for you, I encourage you to read on.

I will be the first to admit that I did not go down without a fight. I concurred with many that e-Audiobooks are just not the same as “real” books. You cannot touch them, smell them, enjoy new crackling covers and revel in cover art. You cannot tell how “big” the book is either: Am I near the end? Half-way through? Is this book a 1500-page magnum opus or a quick-read? Indeed the e-Audiobook robs you of many biblio-senses and changes the way you experience the “book”.

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However, you may be surprised to learn of benefits you have never considered. Consider cumbersomely large books for example. Download e-Audiobooks and weight is irrelevant. You can take all of your favourite epic reads such as Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 (925 pages), Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth (973 pages) or Martin’s Game of Thrones Book 1 (864 pages) with you simultaneously in your back pocket.

Another benefit is that digital loans for eBooks and eAudiobooks go back to the library on time, every time. You need not worry about due dates. Your books are automatically “returned” for you.

E-Audiobooks also allow you to listen at your own pace. If you are like me and you like to “listen quickly” you can increase narration speed. Conversely if you are learning English or otherwise prefer to listen at a slower speed, you can slow it down.

If you like to listen to stories as you fall asleep you can set the sleep timer for the number of minutes you would like the book to “play”. No more falling asleep and missing the next eight chapters.

There is no need to abandon your beloved real books for e-Audiobooks, but you may find that you can augment the traditional reading experience by using the two in tandem for an even greater reading, and listening, experience.

For help downloading e-Audiobooks, visit us in person, email AskUs@nwpl.caor call 604-527-4667.    


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