Should audio books count towards a yearly reading goal?

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Re: Should audio books count towards a yearly reading goal?

Post by Lincolnshirelass »

I don't see any reason why not, though perhaps not if they are heavily abridged.
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Post by DustinPBrown »

Of course it should count! It's just a spoken book, it's still a book. I listen to books on my way to work, and I read them in my downtime, but they're all books still.

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Post by vaz222 »

I would say yes!!
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Post by Lincolnshirelass »

But would you say that listening to a book serialised on the radio counts?
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Post by Camille Turner »

I think it absolutely counts! You're devouring that book just like you would be if you were reading it yourself rather than listening to it on audio. It totally counts!

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Post by Sakilunamermaid »

Yes, you have heard all the words, you have spent the 5+ hours listening to the book and know the story. If you spend the time to experience a story then you get credit.

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Post by Misty Dawn »

If it's unabridged, then yes, I absolutely count it; it's only a different format. I know a few people who have a hard time getting through standard books, and if not for audiobooks probably would hardly read at all. I don't think it's fair to treat hearing the words as a lesser accomplishment than seeing them; your brain still has to do the work of understanding either way.

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Post by Ameesa »

I agree with the above post, if it's unabridged, it should count. If it doesn't count then you are leaving out a segment of the population who can not read due to a vision impairment. One of my closest friends has macular degeneration and can no longer read like she used to. If she gets exactly the same from an audiobook as I get from reading, why wouldn't audio books count? On the other hand, I do not think abridged forms and movies do most books justice and therefor, should not count. For instance, I love the Wheel of Time series, and once tried out an abridged version of the first book. I listened to it right up to point the editors of the abridged version left out someone who is actually a major figure in the series. If you know the Wheel of Time series at all, you know Nyneave cannot be left out!

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Post by Omohobhio »

Yeah...there's book at the end of audio. Lool!

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Post by seymmarc »

I count the book. Reading is an experience for me and I'm still getting an experience with someone's written work. It's just in a different format.

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Post by Clinical1 »

I say yes. Many self-help books are easier to understand in audio. I also use that format when on the train so outside sound doesn't impose

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Post by Jfoust1988 »

I have dyslexia and have to listen to audiobooks while following along to help keep the words/letters straight in my head. I do count them towards my reading goals. If I didn't I'd never have a read list. It would take me a year to get threw one book. I would probably have never became an avid reader without audiobooks.

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Post by Javier Campos »

Of course I count them! It is all about learning or having an experience!

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Post by ValBookReviews »

No. I do not believe audio books should count towards a yearly reading goal. It's almost like cheating and does not compare to flipping pages to gleam from.
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Post by ayomie »

I believe that listening to audio books is the same as reading and as such, should count towards the yearly goal. Sometimes, I'm able to get more comprehension listening to audio book than reading.
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