Cheating on Paper

I’ve always had this thing about paper books. The way they feel in your hands, the way they smell, how they take up space. I swore I would never read books digitally….then got a Kindle less than a year after Matt got his. I swore I would never listen to audiobooks…and now I’ve fall for them, too.

See, I have a commute. Not a particularly long one. Thirty minutes to get there, maybe 40 to get back. But I also drive around to run errands or clear my head. I spent a lot more time in the car than I ever realized before I started to listen to audiobooks.

We’re lucky because our local library has a subscription to the Overdrive service where, just like normal library books, you can rent either Ebooks or audiobooks. As long as I can finish a given book before the 21 day limit, I’m good. They even support putting holds on popular books and have a great app you can download the books to and take them with you via phone/tablet. Go to the Overdrive site to see if your local library has a subscription or, you know, ask your librarian who would be happy to help you with something more specific than the usual “It has a green cover and is about a girl and her pet horse. I think it was written by a teenager.” sort of requests.

Having started listening to audiobooks just two months ago, I’ve already read through 9.5 books which I wouldn’t have read. Mostly memoirs and biographies but with a little humor thrown in. (You can see my list, thus far, in my BuJo post.)

Do you listen to audiobooks? In the car? At home? Somewhere else?

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