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I was that guy. You know, the guy who didn’t read anything. I preferred spending my time watching movies, documentaries, YouTube videos and basically anything else that did not require me opening a book. Oh, and playing sports (I love playing sports). Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to like reading – I just didn’t. It required more work and discipline than I cared to invest.
I wanted the information and benefits the books offered, but felt I had no time or energy to spend reading a book. I knew reading had huge benefits. To mention a few it:
- Improves memory
- Cultivates new ideas
- Stimulates the mind
- Improves focus and concentration
- Expands vocabulary
- Expands knowledge
- Improves writing
- Improves critical thinking
I knew the benefits, which is why I forced myself to repeatedly open many books – and finished none of them (the OCD in me went crazy). Sound familiar? I knew the benefits, but hadn’t experienced any of them – mainly because it was hard to commit to something that didn’t give instant results, but required much time and mental energy. Reading a book per week sounds cool, but proves to be difficult for someone who has not been accustomed to enjoy reading.
Then Audible came along. For those not familiar with Audible, let me fill you in. Audible is an amazon company that records audio books you can purchase online, just like you’d purchase a book from a book store. Basically, the best invention ever for someone who wants what is in a book, but doesn’t like or have the time to read. It takes most of the work out of reading. Well, it’s not reading, its listening. I call it the gateway to becoming a reader – that’s what it did for me.
Reading was simply not a priority for me – although it should be for everyone – but it wasn’t for me at the time. Finding the time to sit down, open a book and read was partly what deterred from actually reading. Suddenly with audible one could plug their phone into the car stereo and listen to any book on their way to-and-from work. Listening to an audiobook didn’t require extra time from my day, I’d just listen to books on my commute.
What’s to Like About Audible
Audible has allowed me to receive 2-3 books worth of information every month without so much as stepping into a book store, or looking inside a book. It doesn’t take any extra time (well, maybe a few seconds to plug-in my device). I usually listen to Audible on my commute to-and-from work – about 30 minutes each way for a total of one hour every day, 6 days a week.
Here is how it works:
- The Audible app allows you to take your books everywhere. No extra devices or books you need to carry. Just open the app on your phone and plug-in your headphones. You can even download any book directly to your device – in case there isn’t reception or Wi-Fi wherever you go.
- If you don’t love your book, you can exchange it for another, anytime. Just go online, or call – hassle free. Audible will give you one credit for each return.
- The books are cheaper. Audible uses a credit system – 1 credit equals 1 book of any price. They have different membership packages. The one I use allows me one credit each month for roughly $15. If you’ve bought any book lately, chances are you spent more than $15 – I’d say that’s a great deal.
- The credits rollover and are yours as long as you hold a membership. If you run out of credits, you can use a credit card to purchase any book for a discount of approximately 30%.
- You can cancel your membership at any time and keep all your books. If you close out the account without using all your credits to purchase a book, you lose the credits – wouldn’t want you to throw away your money.
- Audible allows you access to a plethora of podcasts (or channels) without having to spend any of your credits. I often go to these podcasts when I run out of credits to buy books, or simply want to mix things up a little that day.
- You can bookmark and share clips of your audiobook with friends.
- You can customize the speed in which the audiobook is read.
- The narrators are top-notch. Sometimes there are more than one for effect.
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My dislikes are few in number honestly – it’s a great product. But here they are:
- They offer book specials from time-to-time that only apply to a limited amount of books. Thus, I often don’t get the books I prefer on special.
- Some books were written to have workbooks, or printed material to supplement the reading. It is hard to get a hold of them.
- From time-to-time I’ll notice one of the audiobooks has an audio glitch. Sometimes it skips, other times part of a word is missing.
Gateway to Reading
After a few months of Audible, those benefits we spoke of earlier started to make an appearance in my day-to-day. Sure, not all were present – mainly because of the nature of how I was receiving the information (listening vs. reading) – but enough to experience the positive changes in my life. This in turn motivated and encouraged me to start investing more of my time reading. I started picking up 1 or 2 books a month –this in addition to Audible on my commute to work. It turns out that experiencing the benefits of reading are much more persuasive than just knowing what those benefits are. Audible allowed me to get a taste of how books could enrich my life with the least amount of effort, encouraging me to start putting time aside each day to read actual books.Experiencing the benefits of reading are more persuasive than knowing what those benefits are. Click To Tweet
Here are some great beginner tips I followed when I started creating the habit of reading:
- Start with 30 minutes a day and move up from there if time permits
- Try reading earlier in the day when your mind is fresh (assuming you slept)
- Pick a subject you are interested in (you don’t want to feel like you’re studying for class)
- Don’t be afraid to let go of a book if you’re losing interest (the goal is to enjoy reading, not force yourself to learn about something you could care less about)
- Ask friends for book suggestions (if your friends are like you, don’t bother)
- Take 5-10 minute breaks per hour reading
- Carry reading material with you everywhere for down time
- Your budget is tight? Go to the library (yeah, they still exist. They even have online libraries now, check them out)
- Pick a reading location without distractions (otherwise you risk reading the same sentence 100 times)
Remember, be intentional. Being intentional when building habits is key. If you forego taking the steps necessary to make plays in your life, nothing is going to happen. Take the first step now and click here to try Audible 30-days FREE and receive 2 FREE books of your choice.