Does Listening to Audiobooks Count as Reading?
Personally I'm not much of an audiobook person. I definitely think it counts as reading, it's just a different form. I can't take that much auditory stimulus (seriously, I can read for hours from a book but listening for more than maybe one or two kills my head).
One of the beautiful things about audiobooks is that you can listen and get the fun and intellectual stimulus you're seeking from a book while you're driving or running or any number of other activities. Driving tends to be the only time that I listen to audio and even then only rarely. I can definitely see the perks and I know people who listen to dozens of audiobooks while traveling, so I think that it's great we have that option.
I know some people may not consider listening to a book reading, but to me it's the same thing. We might get different things from reading ourselves and having the story read to us, but overall the experience is the same. We listen because we love the stories, the writing, the beauty of the written word. And when a book is brilliant in audio form that pretty much means it's just brilliant.
What are your thoughts, do you think listening to an audiobook is reading? Do you listen to audiobooks? What format do you prefer for your books? Let's discuss this in the comments!