Are Audiobooks Real Reading?

Jada Garnett, Writer

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Technically, audiobooks are hard-copied books spoken. Is hearing a book being read really not reading? Some say listening to audiobooks are just like watching a movie, and it’s not real reading. Others would argue listening to an audiobook is real reading as long as you follow along with the actual book. As long as you know what the book is about and the information is retained in your brain, whether it be listening to an audiobook or reading the hard copy with no sound, it’s real reading.

Some kids learn to read through sounding out words and sometimes even listening to others read. Therefore, you can learn to read with sound. If you were one who did this, would you say you’ve never learned to read if an audiobook isn’t real reading? 

If you read better by saying what you read, you are technically audiobook reading yourself.  If you believe audiobooks aren’t real reading, would you say when you read your book out loud you are not actually reading ?

Listening to an audiobook without following along to the actual book is like listening to a song. If you don’t have the hard copy book in front of you while listening to the audiobook, some could say you are not actually reading. Therefore, if you are one to consider audiobooks reading without following along to the actual book, when you listen to a song are you really just audio booking the lyrics?

These are just a few different views and opinions on whether listening to an audiobook is real reading or not. The fact of the matter is: how ever you read, and, more importantly, retain the information you read, it’s considered real reading — whether it be listening to an audiobook or reading the hard copy with no sound. If this isn’t enough to satisfy the answer to the question are audiobooks considered real reading? the dictionary definition of reading is “the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud.”

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