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.
Do you spend all year impatiently waiting for the 1st December to arrive, so you can start watching those classic festive films again? Christmas movies make the season, but if you want a break from the screen, or just fancy something different, why not give an audiobook a go instead? To help you out, we've picked some books from the Listening Books catalogue to listen to based on your favourite Christmas movies!
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.
Did you know that you have access to thousands of newspapers and magazines as a Listening Books member? That’s right – we don’t stop with audiobooks. Through PressReader, you can find almost any newspaper or magazine you can imagine! There are absolutely no restrictions, no extra charges, and – best of all – it won’t affect your audiobook allocation! With so much choice, it might be hard to know where to start, so the Listening Books Team have got together to highlight just some of our favourites in the catalogue and provide some helpful tips you might not know about. Simply log-in via the Listening Books website to access all of our recommendations and thousands more!
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!
Hello, I’m Elizabeth Wilkinson MBE. I am Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Eli (pronounced Ellie). Ok, so who am I and what do I do? I am the founder of Dyslexia information Day & Dyslexia Awards (both not-for-profit events), and my business is The Dyslexic Dyslexia Consultant. I learned about Listening Books in the early 2000’s, whilst attending the Education Show, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. I was blown away by what they do.
Listening to audiobooks is a great way for you or your child to read more. Often it can be hard to keep your child entertained, especially over the long summer holidays, and books are a great solution. So, here are a few tips to keep your child engaged and reading over the summer.
When you're writing your book, think about the accessibility of the story, the way it sounds when it is read out loud. Think about all the different audiences that might access your book in different ways. After all, we are not just writing words on a page, we are writing stories for people to hear.
We’ve compiled some creative lists of book ideas for kids who don’t typically enjoy reading! We've got buckets of brilliant titles that we’re sure will get the young folks in your life hooked on a good book.