The Benefits of Audible Reading
It’s no secret that productivity is a topic we’re very passionate about here at Keep Productive (of course!) and we’re always on the lookout for new ways to improve it.
This month, I tested Audible for you and my hope with this article is to give you an idea of why I think listening to audiobooks can benefit your productivity.
What is Audible and how it works
Audible is an Amazon company that sells and produces popular audiobooks and also Audible Original titles.
To get started with it, you can take out a free 30 days trial and get one or two credits (it depends on the marketplace you log in, the US one gives you two credits).
With a credit, you can purchase an audiobook for free that you’ll still own even if you decide to not pay for the monthly subscription.
After the free trial, Audible will charge you monthly and it will give you a credit but you’re free to cancel any time (just like Netflix). If you want to buy more books, you can either buy more credits or pay for single audiobooks.
Features and availability
Once you purchase your audiobook, you need to download the free Audible app, which is available for iOS (Apple iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad), Android, Sonos and Alexa-enabled devices, but also Windows or Mac computers (more info here). The best part is that, when you switch a device, you can even pick up right where you left off.
The mobile app itself is very easy to use and it’s very similar to your average podcast player. You can also add bookmarks, take notes and find them later in a single menu page. This is very useful if you’re listening to an audiobook on the go and you don’t know where to write your notes.
Finally, you can swap books. If you purchased an audiobook but then you realize it isn’t for you, you can return it and you’ll receive your credit back.
Benefits for productivity
Audible allows you to listen to an audiobook while doing other things that don’t require too much concentration. For example, I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute, when I do house chores or play videogames. Other people may find it useful while exercizing or doing other repetitive activities. That said, I wouldn’t recommend it while working or doing other activities that demand our attention.
Audiobooks, in general, are great if you want to read books you like but you need to rest your eyes. Many of us spend our weekdays glued to a screen for work and/or school and the last time we want to do, at the end of the day, is to pick up a book and read more words. I still remember my first years at university when I was so tired after studying for hours every day and my reading life was basically nonexistent.
Whether you’re rereading a favorite non-fiction book or consume it for the first time, Audible (and, of course, audiobooks in general) is great to learn new things or review your knowledge on certain topics. For example, I'm weirdly passionate about the history of piracy in the 18th century and, while I've already read a couple of books about it, I've decided to get an audiobook by another author that talks about the subject. This way, I'm listening to a topic I already know about but, this way, I can brush up on (and expand) my knowledge.