Celebrate Audiobook Month
June is Audiobook Month (sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association) – a month with many opportunities to listen to a great book.
All those long hours spent soaking up the sun beside the pool? Listen to a book. Cutting the grass on a warm summer evening? Listen to a book. Going on road trips to fantastic destinations? Listen to a book.
Listening to a book leaves your hands free to drive, push the lawnmower, or rub on suntan oil. And nothing ends the “are we there yet?” blues like a great audiobook – kids can even knock off a few titles on their summer reading list during vacation.
There are other great benefits, too, especially for younger readers/listeners. Audiobooks help kids develop their imagination, introduce them to books above their current reading level, help them learn new vocabulary, history or geography, and improve their listening and pronunciation skills. From a practical standpoint, audiobooks can help kids cope better with that 10-hour drive to the beach – and it’s much more productive than a video game.
Here are some recent numbers from the audiobook industry:
- Twenty-five percent of Americans had listened to an audiobook in the last year, according to the Audio Publishers Association.
- The majority (94 percent) of audiobook listeners had read a book in the past year, versus 70 percent of non-audiobook listeners.
- The average audiobook user spends about 5 hours a week listening.
- Many authors love audiobooks, including Scott Turow, Janet Evanovich, Judy Blume and Tom Wolfe.
Did you know audiobooks even have their own awards, like the Oscars for movies? The 18th annual Audie Awards were presented at the end of May in New York. Top honors went to some classics, including Audiobook of the Year: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, and read by Academy Award winner (and British hunk!) Colin Firth. Kentucky’s own son, Silas House, won Best Children’s Title for Ages 8-12 with his book, Same Sun Here (he also read the audiobook version).
At BCPL, we have tons of audiobooks (all genres) on CD, ready for you to check out and stick in your CD player. But with your library card, you also have free access to thousands more via our digital download offerings: OverDrive and OneClickdigital (Recorded Books). These free downloading services are found in the ematerials section of this site – just click here. They are easy to use – you just need your BCPL card to get started. Digital audiobooks can be checked out for 14 or 10 days (depending on the platform). After that, the digital file just disappears.
Our helpful information services staff, at the Ashland, Catlettsburg or Kyova branches, can show you how to download. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!
So, check out an audiobook today – and get caught listening!