Hello everyone 😊
For this month’s ‘asking bookstagram’ post I had SO MANY responses from all of my fabulous IG followers! I am just loving this monthly feature on my blog. It is such a fun time learning what people think about different topics!
This month the bookish question I asked everyone was……
Do you count listening to audio books as reading?
So I have never listened to an audio book before so I don’t really have much of an opinion on this. A part of me wants to say no, its not reading because you are not physically reading it with you eyes… BUT audio books are still books technically so really I suppose it can count as reading.
I know this is a controversial topic and I feel like people are either a hard yes or a hard no and not really in between 😂 I am on the fence only because I’ve never listened to one before.. but perhaps I need to give it a go!
Responses from my wonderful friends:
I think audiobooks should definitely count as reading, you’re getting through a book and your spending the time to listen to it.
I count them! Books are books, you’re still putting all this time in listening to the book 😊
Yessss!!! I never used to think so and then I realized some people can only do audio so definitely counts 🙌🏻
I don’t always listen to them but if I’m going on a long drive I will find one I like! I would absolutely count them, you are still taking the time to listen and absorb it. In my opinion they are still books 😊
I count them but not towards my reading goal. They are surplus books that I review but wouldn’t add to my goodreads (at least not with a date).
I haven’t gone the audio route yet either… but interested as its a great way to pass time while driving. I don’t consider it reading though. Its listening. If you watch a movie adaption of a book would you say: oh I read that book on film? Doubt it 😏 Either way, great entertainment and escape!
I used to not count audiobooks but for a lot of people (visual impairments or learning/reading disabilities for example) audiobooks are the way they usually read books! This changed my perspective and now I count audiobooks the same way 😊
Absorbing words-however you may do that- is reading!!
I count them… but I only listen to non-fiction. Things that are more factual ad boring to read but interesting to listen to
I don’t listen to audiobooks either. I lean more towards the side of it not counting but I cant really judge since I don’t do it myself.
What do you think about audiobooks? Do they count as reading? Chat with me in the comments!