Of Course I Read With My Ears!
I have written on this subject several times and will continue for I believe we must go forward and in my book that means---NEVER STOP LEARNING NEW THINGS.
I constantly find new avenues that you might like to explore or think about and there are pro's and con's to both sides as there are in any subject. I also hear many wonderful writers and would-be-authors complaining that they can not run the gauntlet through the agents, publishing houses,and waiting months to possibly get a response.
Just this last week in the main news, it was announced that Borders books was filing chapter 11. Many book stores across the US are closing and I foresee many more will follow, so where does that leave us?
Today's Reality: 1. All the classic are now available in many digital formats.
2. Our Public Library's are now offering their books to be downloaded to your e- reading devices. You no longer need to go physically to them to check out a book.
3. Students are no longer required to carry heavy worn out books and are furnished computers in the class rooms with the same material and many subjects are now more interesting with modern day graphic.
SOUND: Okay let's back up this train!
Yes, sound can bring any subject to life. Many of you were probably read stories to you when you were young by a parent or grandparent and they made that story come to life with just their voice. Maybe some of you if you are as old as I, remember that thing they call RADIO??? Well we sat there staring at that box with the two knobs and a little dial with a few numbers on it and listened to stories told by people we could never see but in each of our minds and imaginations---we knew them and that made us use our---brains to think, because it only gave us---sound. (People today do not have to think as they watch TV---it does it for you.)
There are many very talented writers here on hubpages and I find myself thinking as I read their hubs-WOW! that would really be great with a voice and sound added to special areas. Example: For those that have written novels, just adding a sound of a door opening or closing or a phone ringing, etc.
Yes, Audio Books have opened the doors for many that maybe were visually impaired. Now Teachers have a new tool in their class room that today's youth understand. We can learn new languages by hearing the correct way to pronounce the words. In this busy world that we all live in today all one has to do is look around and see folks enjoying this great technology that has been placed at our finger-tips in all forms.
I personally enjoy the use of an ipod and a Kindle, it is very convenient for me at most grocery store's to purchase and i-tune gift card or an Amazon gift card and then redeem them on line and choose any material which will be sent to your reading device within 30 sec and it is also cheaper and cleaner for our environment.Oh, I know many out there say; "No, I like the feel of the paper-book in my hands," sooooo! you can have both? Yet, take a few moments to notice that your favorite authors have taken most of their paper books and now present them in audio forms and they are no longer available in paper, that is why digital books are out selling paper books and those stores are closing.
Yes, my friends this is the 21 century and I see "Digital Bookstores."