Some of you may already know this but I most certainly didn’t!
Did you guys know that June 2017 is Audiobook Month?
I didn’t even if I happen to have the complete works of Dale Carnegie in audio format. I just haven’t found the motivation to listen to him tell his story because audiobooks aren’t really my cup of tea. I still prefer the traditional paperback or hardback books. I even have a Kindle 5th Generation e-book reader but still, I hardly use it.
Personally, reading is my way of relaxing and unwinding after a long hard day at work. On weekends, it’s how I roll. I rock the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea. When I read, I go places. I go on many wonderful adventures around the world without having to leave my home. I travel the world without having to spend on accommodation and flight tickets. I get to go places without even moving an inch (except my hands to turn the page). You even get to live the many lives of the characters in your book without having to be them!
The Surrounding Hype of Audiobooks
With audiobooks, one could be gently coaxed to sleep. You don’t need to have the lights on. You just need your trusty earphones and a fully-charged mobile phone or tablet. Although there is the danger of being caught up in wanting to read “just one more chapter” before you sleep (the situation where many readers have found themselves in, yours truly included). Nevertheless, Audiobook Month celebrates the invention that makes “reading in the dark” possible!
The History of the Audiobook
The phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison. He may not have been the first person to record sound but he made it possible to listen to a reproduction of the recording. Alexander Graham Bell made some practical improvements a year or so after the telephone was invented. Early records could only hold a few minutes of audio, so orating an entire book was still impossible. However, the amount of time did allow for children’s verses and poetry.
The Library of Congress in the United States invested in the Books for the Adult Blind Project. Early recordings included readings of Helen Keller, The Bible, and Edgar Allen Poe. As many soldiers sustained eye injuries during WWI and WWII, these war veterans and other visually impaired Americans were given access to audiobooks. Evidently, the British invested in similar programs around this era as well.
Created by two college graduates by the names of Barbara Holdridge and Marianne Roney, Caedmon Records produced one of the most well-known early audio recordings — a reading by Dylan Thomas. According to NPR, the duo went on to record readings by Eudora Welty, T. S. Eliot and William Faulkner. Today, Caedmon Records is a part of the famous publishing brand, HarperCollins.
This was the time when the audio cassettes were invented. These audio cassettes were collectively adapted as the bright future of audiobooks (they were then known as “talking books” at that time).
Audiobooks became the perfect road trip entertainment but were considered as clunky and impractical for carrying around everyday. Today, with the wealth of technology at our fingertips, enjoying an audiobook is no longer a challenge. You can’t complain now that you have your smartphone with you!
Source: Book Riot.
How to Celebrate Audiobook Month
Celebrating Audiobook Month is easy. Like I mentioned somewhere up there, all you need are a good pair of earphones and your smartphone or tablet. Don’t forget your favourite book in audio format too! Its format even allows you to listen to it at any given time, anywhere. You can listen to it on your way to work, while you’re soaking up the suds in your aromatic bubble bath, while you’re busy testing out a new recipe, or laying in bed. The opportunities are endless with a huge variety of books that you can find on tape, from compilations of mythology to books on learning a new language, and even certain forms of technical manuals!
So what are you planning on listening to during Audiobook Month? Time to start a list!