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Reading books

Reading books
Reading invariably requires one to sit and focus only on the book or the ebook he is using, like Kindle. The need for light to be right is there unless the ebook reader is backlit. The advantage is that readers learn their vocabulary, spelling, expressions, and punctuations, among others. In fact, reading helps to improve their language skills far more easily than listening since when one reads he can learn how to describe and express correctly with proper grammar. Reading is considered to be a hobby for many, and it is something that can be done at nights, when others are sleeping, or while traveling without other passengers being disturbed.

Pros
  1. It improves grammar, spelling and writing and language skills.
  2. It can be done without disturbing others.

Cons
  1. Pronunciations are not easy to learn while reading;
  2. People cannot do anything other than reading at the time;
  3. People have to remain seated for long which is not good for their circulatory system;
  4. People also require light and reading for long can have bad effects on the eyes.

Supporters

Sue

Reading

Audio books are good but i prefer to read an actual book. There is just something about curling up with a gopd book that i enjoy. I like to feel the pages of a book and to flip the pages. The smell of a book is also all a part of the reading experience for me.
Posted by Sue on 11-10-2017
Mehano

Reading the normal way!

I have tried both and reading books is a clear winner for me. I actually dislike listening to the audiobooks because I feel that it's hard for me to keep up with the narrator/reader. I often forget what was said and I have to rewind and relisten.

When I read a book, I read it at my own pace, I can stop whenever and just try to imagine things without having to rush forward. Plus, when you hear a voice reading something to you, you might imagine things differently than if you'd read it by yourself.

Posted by Mehano on 11-11-2017
kataomoi

For Sure

For some reason, audiobooks never really caught on with me. I don't understand the point. I can read perfectly so why does someone have to read to me? I've never listened to audiobooks and I don't think I ever will. It doesn't interest me and kind of takes the fun out of reading...
Posted by kataomoi on 11-14-2017
overcast

Reading is Better

When it comes to some time out for myself. I'd surely prefer the reading books. And that can free me from most of the tasks. You can see that listening to audiobooks can be boring. And on that note it'd be reasonable to make use of the reading some of the time. I prefer to have the books option ready for myself. I have seen that's good enough.
Posted by overcast on 11-12-2017
gata montes

More enjoyable - less irritating

Having tried audio books - I have to say that although the concept is good and think it especially so - for the elderly or those whose eyesight is not particularly good or even deteriorating - I much prefer to read a book myself than listen to an audio book.

Simply because - my experience of the latter hasn't yet been very enjoyable - particularly as - the majority of narrator's voices are so irritatingly annoying that I'm very quickly reaching for the off button.

Posted by gata montes on 11-11-2017
JoeMilford

Reading is Better

I really love the experience of reading my books. Audio books are fine, and they serve their purpose for those of us who are on the road a lot or maybe have issues with our eyesight; however, I love how reading stimulates my imagination and how it enriches my vocabulary. Hearing the words in my own voice as I read is also an interesting experience, and I think that reading a book is a much more intimate experience than listening to a book read by another person or narrator.
Posted by JoeMilford on 11-11-2017
Marvadaum

Better

You can take your time to immerse in the universe and also you can imagine things you read and recreate them in your mind. Really good
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-14-2017
felabruno

I prefer reading

Of course audiobooks are good for some people. It is awesome we can buy books in many forms. I however prefer to read than to listen, I can focus on it better. With listening I feel like I wouldn't be able to focus on it for too long and i would forget what I heard pretty quickly.
Posted by felabruno on 11-13-2017
blank629

Reading Books.

When I was a kid, my mothers always say to me that I have to read books. So everytime I finished a book, she always buy me a new one. It become my hobby and even I grow-up now, I still read books and a lot of it. For me reading books is way better than listening to audiobooks. You can understand more if you read a book. And also if you have a problem in listening to every words in audiobooks, it is not good. So reading books word by word may understand it well.
Posted by blank629 on 11-18-2017
ColdFlameChris

Reading

It's better to read the book rather than listening to audiobooks because It's a good exercise for your eyes and brain to read every single word on your mind, that way, you're practicing not only your vocabulary but also your ability to read. If you always depend on listening to an audiobook, you'll have experience difficulty reading when the time comes since you're not used to it. Besides, listening to an audiobook makes me fall asleep.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 11-10-2017
NickJ

Reading for me

I know audio books work while you're in the car, driving but I still prefer to read books. If you want to read a good book or are anxious to read a particular book you've purchased while you're en route somewhere - you can always choose to be taken there by plane, bus or train instead of driving. Gives you a chance to get some reading done.
Posted by NickJ on 11-10-2017
mildredtabitha

Reading books

I prefer reading books because I can choose to read slowly or faster at my own convenient time.

My grammar also improves when I read books and I also learn how some ambiguous words are spelt. Reading was meant for books and there is no better substitute.

Posted by mildredtabitha on 11-17-2017
hazel42704

Understand in your own pace

I'd like to stay traditional and vote for reading books since reading the book yourself make it more understandable and you get into it more and feel the atmosphere in the scenes better. I believe that no other method can bring the same feels as reading the book yourself.
Posted by hazel42704 on 11-11-2017

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Listening to audiobooks

Listening to audiobooks
Audio books have now become more popular than they used to be, and can be considered as an alternative to reading. Books are read aloud and people can complete their other chores such as cooking, walking, bathing, or exercising, while listening to an audio book. Effectively, it offers better utilization of one’s time. It is easier to learn the right pronunciations from audiobooks. But these books cannot be used without earphones when others are around. They should not be used when attention is needed as the person would be completely engrossed in listening. Audio books require a device, such as a tablet or computer. Such devices are more susceptible to be damaged and they need power to run. So there may be times when one cannot listen to an audiobook unless the device is available.

Pros
  1. It is good for multi-tasking;
  2. It prevents damage to eyes;
  3. It helps to make the most of the time available;
  4. It helps to learn pronunciation.

Cons
  1. The electronic device needs to be taken care of. It is also expensive, and the battery in it needs to be charged.
  2. It is not ideal for learning spelling.

Supporters

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Comments

lovely
I like reading my books myself than listening to the audio, sometimes I might not get the pronunciation right and might be thinking a different word while the reader means a different word.Reading myself keeps me focus while audio could be boring and put me off after some time.A book read alone would be interesting than hearing it from audio.I have tried the audio reading I didn't just enjoy it and since then I read books myself.
Posted by lovely on 11-10-2017
vhinz
I would prefer both because reading and listening to audio books are important in learning a language. By reading you will learn the correct grammar, spelling, and proper way or writing while in listening audio books you can learn the proper pronunciation of the words of the language you are learning.
Posted by vhinz on 11-10-2017
hermessantos
It is for this reason that I think both options are excellent. I believe if you want to master a certain subject, then reading and listening can definitely make your brain completely absorb content.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-18-2017
babyright
Reading book is much better than listening to audio books. The words you read in books helps you to learn better grammer and spelling also. You can go through the book several times and read it to learn better and it is easily available with you unlike in audio books.
Posted by babyright on 11-11-2017
Pixie
I have never listened to audio books. I prefer reading books. To be honest, I have improved my written communication skills due to book reading. Reading has helped me in improving my vocabulary and grammar. Moreover, I am a book lover. I am always buying or renting new books.
Posted by Pixie on 11-11-2017
hermessantos
Exactly. But I think a book can also make you sleep. Some people have the most formative vision, others already have the most trained ears to capture the content. Either way, if the subject is not in your best interest, you will simply go to sleep or abandon the material, no matter if it is in audio or book format.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-18-2017
vinaya
I have listened to audio books, lessons, discourses etc. Listening to audio book is better for understanding. Generally speaking, you will understand when you listen from others. That's why we have to go to college and universtity in order to study. The only problem is if you are not interested in the audio book content you might fall sleep.
Posted by vinaya on 11-11-2017
hermessantos
Exactly. But I think a book can also make you sleep. Some people have the most formative vision, others already have the most trained ears to capture the content. Either way, if the subject is not in your best interest, you will simply go to sleep or abandon the material, no matter if it is in audio or book format.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-18-2017
overcast
I think reading books has a lot of benefits. Though it takes more space. And if you have that issue then surely go with the audiobooks. And it can save you a lot of time. You can see that some of the time it'd be reasonable to make use of the audio content is good. I think for each one of us things could be lot different in that context. I guess we just have to check it with our options on this.
Posted by overcast on 11-12-2017
wiseagent
I won't choose either option as a favorite because it depends a lot on the subject I'm looking for right now. For example: for academic subjects, I'd rather read books... For stories in general, I'd rather listen to an audiobook.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-12-2017
Corzhens
I have been used to reading books and although the audio books are convenient since you can listen in any position you want particularly if you are in the bedroom, I still prefer the reading. I don’t know why but I get irritated when I listen with the earphone for more than 5 minutes. Is it my ear or my mind?
Posted by Corzhens on 11-16-2017
hermessantos
I confess that I prefer to read a book instead of listening to it. But lately I have chosen to listen to many audios while doing other tasks. This has been very practical for me, because I do not necessarily have to have a book in my hands and dedicate myself to it. Anyway, I really like both options.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-18-2017