Well I have taken my reading habit to a new level, with the help of Audio Books. Now I listen, instead of reading. And still trying to come to terms with this change.
I am not entirely sure whether I will adopt audio books instead of paper books or PDF’s. One thing I like about them is that they are less demanding on the effort required to read. And it requires less physical action, you just plug the earphones and listen. And it gives me a chance to put my PDA to better use.
But this same lack of involvement somewhat makes audio books less engaging than reading a book. When you read a book, your eyes are on the book. This helps me concentrate more on what I am reading. But when I am listening to an audio book, my eyes are left to wander, and this causes more distractions. It is not as if you are listening to someone in person. There is no eye contact with the material. I think, if you need to study, still reading will be a better bet due to the fact that it is more engaging.
But, audio books allows you to read (listen) faster. I am able to go through a book at a much faster rate. But what I need to see is whether the rate of retention is more or less than reading. But it could also be sue to the fact that I am not that used to audio books. My learning has predominantly come from reading. Hence listening to audio books requires somewhat of a paradigm shift in the way that I am used to read. Maybe if I can make this transition effectively, then I think audio books will allow me to read more!