Why Are Audiobooks Gaining Popularity in the US?
According to recent research done by Pew Research, audio books are gaining popularity in the US. Based on recent surveys, the number of Americans who have switched from printed books to audiobooks have increased in the last 12 months. The research on American reading habits first started way back 2011. And in the past few years, numbers of readers who prefer to read in audiobook format have begun to rise. With an 11% rise in 2011, 14% in 2016 and finally 20% this 2019.
With these findings, it is undoubtable that audiobooks are becoming more and more popular. But what are the main factors that are making audiobooks so popular? Could it be the fact that audiobooks make the reading process more engrossing? Could it be the fact that you could do another task while listening to an audiobook? There is a certain charm to listening to Little Women while doing household chores.
But aside from the multi-tasking features, yet another great reason to listen to audiobooks are the narrators. The narrators are usually professionals who add a certain panache to the reading process. Even better is the fact, that some audiobooks are narrated by the authors themselves, which makes the audiobook even more of a joy to listen to.
Audiobooks are also somewhat more environmentally friendly because it negates the need to use paper. This is especially true for downloadable audiobooks, because it cuts out the need for using tapes and is in a digital form.
Audiobooks are especially helpful for people who are not fast readers or have conditions that makes the reading process difficult like dyslexia. You can easily finish a 500 page book in a few hours if you devote the time and attention to it.
Overall audiobooks are becoming so much popular, and every year a larger percentage of people are switching to the audiobook format. So if you are thinking of publishing a book of your very own, it always pays to convert your book into audiobook form as well.