Is the Audiobook Industry Broken?


  1. Club Penguin says:

    I have tried using Audiobooks, but I just can’t listen. I need a good ole’ fashioned hardcopy in front of me.

  2. Jason Penney says:

    For me, the time to sit and read is a luxury I can’t afford, even if I’d like to (which I would, actually). The vast majority of books I consume are in audiobook form at this point, but even there my pace has slowed lately.

    Were you just sitting there listening? I find listening while doing things I can do mostly on autopilot (like the dishes) works best for me.

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  3. Club Penguin says:

    The only way I can listen to an audiobook is to just sit and listen. If I was to perform another activity while listening I would get nothing out of it. I would focus on the activity so much that the audiobook would just become background noise, so it would be a waste for me to even listen to it. I would have to relisten to it just to figure out what I missed.

  4. Jay says:

    Everyone is different. Sounds like audiobooks just don’t work for you.

    I don’t possess the ability to give my full attention to mundane tasks, so for me they’re great. I know pretty quick when I’ve lost track of the story (which isn’t to common), and I scan back.

  5. Lynne says:

    I love audiobooks. I listen to them on my long commute, while walking and even while doing the dishes. If I didn’t get to listen to my stories, I wouldn’t be able to “read” as much. I believe that audiobooks are here to stay personally. Especially with the younger generation. My son is 15 years old. The only way he reads books other than what’s required for school is by audiobooks. We’ve been doing it for years. We “read” the whole Harry Potter series that way. He liked Harry Potter, but would not read the books when I bought them for him. So I stopped buying them and we just listened to them from the library.

    Thanks for your post.