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Of Course I Read With My Ears!

Updated on February 26, 2011

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."

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    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Hey Becky,I know how you feel and I'm as old as dirt so Mr. Arthritis takes control many days.

      I would have never been able to read these 76 books that are now on my Kindle any other way. thanks

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      Becky 

      7 years ago

      I have carpel tunnel and ulner nerve damage. When I hold a book open, it makes my hands cramp up and hurt really bad. My Kindle does not do that because I don't have to hold it open. It is also a lot lighter than a lot of the books that I like. I have been loading my Kindle up with all of these books that I love and haven't been able to re-read. I own the books but the pain wasn't worth it. Now I can enjoy them again. My Anne McCaffrey collection sits on the shelf but I still can enjoy them.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thanks ethel, my i-pod or Kindle read aloud to me bed-time story's every night. Some watch TV which is mostly BORING and it does the thinking for you. "The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing".

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love your style of writing. Yes audio books can be a godsend. They are also great for traveeling. No need to hold a book or kindle just close your eyes and relax.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      toknowinfo thanks. My Cajun grandfather had a saying "Man has no need to walk--backwards."

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      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      This was great hub. The passage of time takes us through many modes of reading information. Just one note, my daughters are still lugging heavy books to class. But when I think back when I had to type my school reports on a typewriter and corrections were done with white out, it is only natural digital books are trending upwards. Thanks for a great read. Rated up and awesome. This was a great topic to write about.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Oz yes indeed,sound has opened the doors in many areas. thanks for stopping by.

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      attemptedhumour 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Ginn, my wife and I used to run a blind hostel where talking books abounded. Poetry would work so much better with the right inflection too. Cheers from Oz

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Fay yes indeed, "no body better mess with my KINDLE."

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Ginn, I'm with you. Give me my Kindle and leave me alone.

      Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

      voted up/funny

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Feline yes, but isn't it great that we can have the freedom of both?

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      Feline Prophet 

      7 years ago

      Sigh...I will never quite get used to the digital era! For me a book is still not a book unless I can hold it in my hands and smell the paper! :)

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Nancy thanks, I too enjoy my digital camera. I can hardly wait to see what those smart little GEEKs come up with next to teach me more?

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      Nancy's Niche 

      7 years ago

      Ginn, I so enjoy your writing talent and I agree with your article 100%. When on stops learning, life stands still. I enjoy the technical side of life too; i.e. the Kindle and especially my digital camera!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Eiddwen, yes I know what you mean about there not being enough hours in the day to enjoy all our hub-friends, seems my eyes go to sleep before my body????so thats why I wrote this hub.

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Ginn,

      Another great hub that I thoroughly enjoyed.

      You write so naturally and I look forward to reading many more.

      Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day.

      take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      dahoglund now don't tell anyone but sometimes I wake up and have missed who-done-it. Mysteries & Romance are my favorite. I bet you will love the Kindle when you get one.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Okay drbj make room for me in that dirt. I agree because I do not miss some of those things. I do love all these new things that are just at my finger-tips.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      7 years ago

      Hey Will,yes we have came a long way with those old shows--some of my favoriets were(twilight zone,Inter-sanktom. Before that those miles flew by with--Burma-shave signs along those long Arizona highways.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I loved radio, especially the comedy shows and mysteries. I'm afraid I fall asleep when I listen to talking books. I'll get a kindle eventually but not yet.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane, Ginn. You are so right about digital books - they are the world of today. Since I'm older than dirt I, too, remember the radio from the world of yesterday, and wringer washers, and airplanes with just plain ole engines, no jets, and even cars with running boards. But I do NOT miss them! :)

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Ginn

      I have thousands of old radio shows and they're all on our car radio's hard drive. Listening to them makes the miles melt away.

      Great Hub.

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