So, I recently did a post about whether or not it counts as reading with graphic novels but what about audiobooks?
Like with graphic novels, in their wrap-ups many people on BookTube say they have read a certain number of books that month but when it gets down to it a bunch of the books are audiobooks, so do they really count? Or rather is it really fair to say they read them?
I’m not against audiobooks being included in wrap-ups, but I think something along the lines of “I read 5 books this month, and listened to 2 audiobooks” for example, is a more fair representation compared to saying “I read 7 books this month”. From what I have seen on BookTube it’s only the introduction where they give their overall number without distinguishing what form the book came in and that’s fine, it’s not even disappointing the way the graphic novel issue is when you hear a high number. What I really care about is the story, and whether or not I would enjoy it, not whether someone looked at or listened to the words. In the real world though, when someone asks if you have read a book and you have only listened to the audiobook what should/do you say?
Some people read along in the book while listening to the audiobook so I don’t think anyone would argue that that doesn’t count as reading because, well, that would be weird. For those that just listen to the audio though, personally I don’t think you can claim to have read the book. Yes you know the story but that’s not the same thing. If you hear something on the radio you know the information but you don’t claim to have read it so why should audiobooks be any different? If someone asks if you have read a book, you can just say “I listened to the audiobook”, why try and mislead?
I’m not bashing audiobooks, I think they are a great idea if you have a long drive or have other things to do and still want a story. If you don’t see the words of the story though I really don’t see how it could be considered reading.
What do you guys think?