That’s the discussion quite recently on Facebook – audiobooks or textbooks? Which are more beneficial and more effective for you?
I personally read a lot of textbooks – both digital and physical. However, I’m still a big fan of physical books, and I always go through them a lot faster than through digital books.
I haven’t listened to audiobooks up until recently, because for a non-native speaker it’s difficult to consume information by listening to it. Or maybe I just convinced myself of that. And I’ve always been a visual type of person, that’s why I prefer reading over listening. What’s funny is that I love listening to podcasts, but audiobooks were always tough.
What I usually do when I read books is I keep a notebook right beside me, so I can take notes and write down important points from the book. With audiobooks I can’t do it, especially if I do something else while listening to it. And that’s the biggest advantage of the audiobooks (and that’s why I love them right now too). You can listen to them whenever you do something else. If you’re commuting to your work, you can listen to it. If you’re working out, you can listen to it. With textbooks you have to be focused on it if you’re reading. And you can’t do anything else at the same time.
Textbooks, on the other hand, have a lot of other advantages (especially if English is not your mother language). When you are reading, you can dramatically increase your vocabulary, and that’s the reason I started reading books in English at the age of 16. I wanted to get better at English. And I keep reading more and more, of course. Another skill that is gonna improve is your grammar in general. I was always a freak at English grammar, so I wanted to get really good at it. I have always looked at different variations of sentences, and how they are structured. So whenever YOU start writing (e.g. blog posts) you’ll see that you’re getting better and better. And that’s what it’s all about – you have to be constantly growing.
A couple days ago I bought 5 Grant Cardone audiobooks. And the reason I did was I figured that if I’m not comfortable listening to then, I should do it anyway. Why? Because that is productive (like I mentioned earlier about multi-tasking). And you always have to go outside of your comfort zone. So that’s what I did.
I know some people who are not comfortable reading books. And if that’s you, then go and read book. This will stretch you, but that’s the only way to grow. Period.
In the video below I shared more insights about what’s more effective – audiobooks or textbooks.
Audiobooks or Textbooks?
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