Audiobooks have come a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1930s. Despite facing skepticism and the stigma of not being a “true reading experience”, audiobooks are now rapidly increasing in popularity. At Listening Books, we know that audiobooks have countless benefits: from relieving stress and anxiety to enhancing literacy skills for people who cannot access print books, audiobooks can truly make the world of difference. Join us as we look at the history of audiobooks and the reasons behind their growth in popularity over time!
Many of you were avid listeners last year, with our members checking out over 100,000 audiobooks! From morning commutes to sleepless nights, school exams to a new retirement hobby, audiobooks have been there to help and support many people this year. But what were the titles you loved the most? Without further ado, we present to you: the Top Ten Downloads of 2023.
Earlier this year, our very own Audio Producer and host of The Listening Books Podcast, Jessica Stone, teamed up with Rest Less Events to give a workshop for those interested in starting a podcast. In case you missed it, here are the highlights! Read on for expert tips and tricks on starting your own podcast, brought to you by an industry professional.
Digital devices are now part and parcel of everyday life. Today's younger generations are largely comprised of digital natives who have never lived in a world without gadgetry at their fingertips. However, constant usage of technology can have a dark side. While banning devices completely is not feasible, there are ways to encourage our children to lessen their screen time as much as possible. Here are four activities they can do instead!
The Listening Books Members' Choice Award is back for a second year! We recently released a shortlist of twenty audiobooks added to our collection this year that have been most popular with our members. Just one of them will be crowned the winner of our Members' Choice Award 2022! So, which books are in with a chance of winning this year? In case you missed the announcement, here are the shortlisted titles.
Listening Books have been proudly supporting schools with our audiobook lending service for over 20 years! But did you know that we have recently improved our offer for schools? We’ve built a brand-new teacher dashboard, filled with fantastic resources to get students listening to stories! Read on for the best bits of what you can now achieve thanks to this exciting update.
Many of you were avid listeners last year, borrowing over 100,000 audiobooks! You listened your way through lockdowns, journeys, sleepless nights and busy days - but what were the titles you favoured the most? Without further ado, we present to you: the Top Ten Downloads of 2021.
Christopher Paolini is one of the biggest living fantasy authors, having shot to fame with Eragon and The Inheritance Cycle. We interviewed him back in 2015, when he was working on his next great epic, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. To celebrate the book's paperback release, we decided to revisit our conversation with this brilliant author.
Recently, we spoke to Emily Best from the National Literacy Trust about their recent research into the benefits of audiobooks, listening during lockdown, and the benefits of reading for wellbeing!