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Audio book sales are increasing since 2010 in the world.

But do audio books really help us analyze a book? I ask because some people (including me) like to touch what they read. This is also the reason why I don't like e-books.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of audio books?

{ asked by Soner Gönül }


I don't think that the fact that you can touch the book is all that important.
The main differences are first of all that reading doesn't allow you any other simultaneous activities, so that you are much more likely to be fully concentrated on the book.
The second difference is that with reading you determine the speed of the information intake. You can slow down or stop on passages that require more thought, or reread parts for better understanding. You can also skim and skip parts. With an audio book you are tied to the performance of the reader. This means that audiobooks are unsuited for anything structurally complex that requires your full attention.

{ answered by gzost }