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Yes! My Ears Can Read?

Updated on February 21, 2011

I have noticed that a big percent of people out there in our hub-world and else where make this following statements: "I am a writer and I want to publish a novel." "I just don't have time to read all the books that I want to."

Yet, that being said when they approached the publishing world they are bold over by the cost of the gauntlet that they must endure. There is an agents fee, who can only talk to the publisher, then if the publisher happens to like or had not filled his or her quota for that---year you might have a chance if you can afford all those hidden fees that are down the line. Sure it is exciting to get that book that you spent numerous hours on to maybe be seen in print.

I have found other avenues that you might like to explore or think about. There are pro's and con's to both side.

For several years I have "Self-Published" my own novels---Fiction--Non Fiction and that can be successful if you understand that you will spend most of your time marketing. This was something that I disliked for it is very time consuming and I just wanted to write that next novel that was whirling around in the back of my mind. Maybe for those that have that kind of patients it would be enjoyable?

Many say that they read books also for the fact that the like to sit and feel the flipping of page to page. Yet, here we sit writing an email and using a keyboard to type and reading the monitor. Yes, we are all creatures of habit and yes I too will always read and enjoy the Hubpages that we are all here doing at this moment.

All of us seem to have book shelf's and boxes of paper-back, hard-cover books, that we just hang on to after we have read them. No! I too can not throw a book away. Some can read a book several times and enjoy it---I only wish to read it once and then move on to the next exciting one. Oh! Yes we all say that we pass some of our books on to other people to read. Well, what about that author of that book that worked so diligently on every word in that book---remember it could have been you. Did you receive any monetary reward other that maybe someone might purchase you next book if they liked it.

• Book Store Returns:

Returns are the process which booksellers can return unsold stock to the publishers. Some have admitted that return rates have topped 50%, and the numbers have been rising for some time. This means that they are disposed of, usually pulped or simple placed in landfill.

• Trees Into Books:

According to the USDA Forest Service's Assessment, 20 million trees and an estimated 5 million acres of natural forest are logged annually to provide wood pulp for the writing and printing market. We are failing to recognize or accept that all systems on the planet are mutually related, alive and sacred.


• Digital Formats:

The term e-book is a contraction of "electronic book,"  An e-book is usually available through the Internet and can be down-loaded to different devices and read either at the computer or printed out or transferred to hand held readers.

I am a big fan of Audio Books.   I very seldom buy a paper book---for the following reasons:

•  Audio Books:

An audio book is simply a spoken reading of a book.  Usually, that of a regular book and recorded on to a medium such as CDs or cassetts.  This had made the door open for accessible to the blind or illiterate and on many occasions when reading is impractical or impossible, e.g., driving or commuting to and from far destinations, etc.

•  Formats:

Audio Books are usually distributed on CDs, cassete tapes, down-loadable digital formats (e.g. MP3, mp3)  Windows Media Auido (wma) and Audible (aa) and most recently, some preloaded digital formats.

I enjoy the feature of the bookmarking.  This allows a listener to pick up where the last listened.  Most MP3 players will bookmark.  The popularity of portable music players such as the iPod has made audio-books more accessible to people for portable listening.  Now the most popular titles are put on audio books by the publishers and or authors.

I am here to tell you that I have read books through audio that I would have never read with paper books.  I have also listened to audio's that I would have never picked up in the paper version, simply because of the time it would have consumed.  Many people complain that their eyes get tired and they then put the paper book down and many times never finishing it.

In audio you hear added sounds that make the story become more real.  (Mysteries, e.g. a door creaking when it opens.)  (a sudden sound of a phone ringing) etc.  This also makes your mind engage deeper for you are thinking about all those sounds and what they could mean only to you---each listener will see this play out differently.  Those that just sit in front of the TV and maybe watch this same book that has been turned into a movie---they don't have to think---(the TV does it for you), your brain is just sitting there in that dull state.

There is nothing that compares to seeing a young persons face light up when he or she is listening to a story and the sounds, (e.g. Harry Potter)  Once again their creative imagination is immediately connecting and the brain is stimulated.

Learning a language, now you can hear the correct pronunciation, plus the spelling of the word.

•  CD Recycling:

Let us remember that the plastic in CDs are non-biodegradable; dumping them in landfills adversely affects the soil.  There are many recycle services now that are free of charge.  They are processed and then reused in automobile and building materials.

I marvel and I am grateful for all the technology that has been placed at my finger-tips in all forms, for it has given me the opportunity to choose and learn new things.


  Learn as though you would never be able to master it, hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.---confucius





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    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Tubbs I am enjoying "PayBack" you have a great one going. Please don't limit yourself to just PAPER books---this is an electronic world now and I believe we have to move with it to accomplish our dreams with writing.

      Just think what AUDIO could add to say?---Chapter 11 with a background sound of maybe a (knock on the door) a (tugboat sound)

      Yes, it is all at our fingertips now to use In todays world if you (snooze you lose.)

      My last hub might help because it is the direction that I am following. "Audio books are now outselling Paper books"

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tubbs Merouge 8 years ago from Louisiana

      You got my curiosity up on this one Ginn. I think I'll take a harder look at it!! Thanks Ginn, good hub!!

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Charia yes, audio books have many advantages. It does teach you how to pronouce the words correctly when learning a new language. It saves the strain on the eyes if you have a lot of studies or eye problems. In todays world people are very busy and they can use this media while doing other task too.

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      Charia Samher 8 years ago

      I remember my grandma listening to all sorts of radio drama. I bet it's in the similar pattern. I wouldn't mind reading in my ear too and there I would learn to say the words in a correct manner. Now this gives me an idea, audio book might help me pass the English proficiency exam that I might be taking in the near future. Thanks! =)

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Brenda thanks, Yes audio books have really made a wonderful door open for the blind and others.

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      Inthe nursing home where I trained, we had a lovely blind lady, who used these listening books all the time..... what a memory she had, she taught me so much, lovely lovely lady, I used to borrow the tapes, even though I love to write, reading bores me, unless it is not long even now....... tapes bored me more though I am afraid, but they are a life line for some.....

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      LOL I bet you would! :D

    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Hey Cris, we all have to go with what works for us. I personaly don't rely on the reader but the story has to be the main point. A lot of the audio books fail in the fact that they just don't add some of the other sounds and only rely on the perfect voice of the reader.

      Maybe when you are a young 77 year old and your eyes fall asleep before you do---audio books may be still around and I'll be laughing at you!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Miss Ginn

      Audiobook is not for me. No matter how great the storyteller is, I usually find myself waking up in the middle or at the end of the audiobook. Sound of any form lulls me to sleep. Or those I have listened to were not good readers?! Whatever. But this is still a great hub as usual :D

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Jerilee, yes audio's do have that advantage and I for one can enjoy many more books.

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      I'm with Jo -- I'm listening to Sailing to the Edge of the World, Journyes of the Great Explorers, taught by Glyndwr Williams for the umpteenth time and I don't need me contacts to do so.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      ryanobie yes, there are so many wonderful audiobooks out there and more to come. Adults and children audiobooks are the direction to go---so let's---go-go-go.

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      ryanobie 8 years ago from Washington, DC

      I think one things I love about audiobooks is that when my eyes are weary from a day of illustrating, and I can't see straight -I can still read a book by listening to it.

      Also, when I'm working in my studio, I have the pleasure of hearing a story. Sort of reminds me when my grandma used to read to me every night. Very soothing and better than listening to all the commericials on commerical radio that yell at us in-between songs. I'd much rather be listening to a book.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      K@ri yes indeed, your ears can read too, thanks.

      Feline, no one has to give up the printed word, we just have more ways to read all those great books ---our ears!

      Jerilee, I agree that TV is a no-brainer now and it seems to only know how to report ---negitive news and comericals---over and over. I will just let my ears--read.

      Thanks Brenda, it's all at our finger-tips and all we have to do is reach out and try more things.

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      \Brenda Scully 9 years ago

      I really enjoyed this hub, it was full of useful information....

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      Jerilee Wei 9 years ago from United States

      It's one way I keep my sanity beneath the din of the TV in the next room.

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      Feline Prophet 9 years ago

      I can't imagine giving up the printed word, but perhaps I should give audio books a chance. Thanks for arousing my curiosity GN. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 9 years ago from Ohio

      I love listening to audio books when I am traveling! They really help make the time pass quickly. When I lived in NM as worked as a traveling nurse I listened to them all the time.

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      Ginn Navarre 9 years ago

      Frieda, I too listen to one before sleep. Love them. thanks!!!!

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      Nelle Hoxie 9 years ago

      Hi Ginn,

      Yes I guess your right no more reselling artists' work on ebay. I have been put in my place.

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      Frieda Babbley 9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I am a major fan of the audiobook. Paper Moon and I have spent many a roadtrip with them and they make for a great listen before sleep. They are fantastic, especially if you have a great reader like George Guidell on the voice end. Great article, Ginn!

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      Ginn Navarre 9 years ago

      Hey Nelle, you forgot to say what the author that put all that work into the book ---got $0.0?

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      Ginn Navarre 9 years ago

      Thanks Nancy, I think if we snooze we loose in this fast pace world and there are a zillion books out there that I want my ears to read.

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      Nelle Hoxie 9 years ago

      Books that are returned to the publisher become the remainder or bargain books that you see in the major bookstores selling for just a few dollars. These books are sold at a lot of discount dollar stores as well. You can pick up hardcover Grishams and Pattersons for about $4.95. I love shopping these racks! Sometimes I even find first editions to resell on Ebay.

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      Nancy's Niche 9 years ago

      Great article and catchy title...Loved it as always!

    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 9 years ago

      U-writer, thanks I to have a big collection too and find it much more interesting than the TV-with mostly comercials and very little program.

      Aya, Yes it's all out there for us to learn. Plus it has opened that door for so many to hear what they could not see. Thanks for passing on the info on the windows utility.

      Teresa, yes it does provide work for that industry. I love recording my own tool---Now I have an excuse for talking to my self. I tell my family I was just recording!!!!

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      Sheila 9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Great hub. Plus Audio books provide work for the readers, some of whom are professional actors.

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      Aya Katz 9 years ago from The Ozarks

      Gin Navarre, thanks for this hub. It's an idea whose time has come. Of course, even hubpages can be heard rather than seen. There's a windows utility under accessories that will read anything that appears on your screen!

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Excellent hub. I love audiobooks. I was a member of Audible for a while and have a nice collection on my Ipod.


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