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Rise of the Audiobook

Rise of the Audiobook

Isn’t there something wholesome and comforting about being read to? The snug feeling of sinking under a blanket, arms tucked in beside you, while being told a fascinating story? It’s a feeling that takes you back to your childhood, as you lay there, eyes wide with curiosity, attempting to imagine the world coming out of the pages of the book.

Now imagine a recorded audiobook, giving you that exact feeling. The words flow over you, while you imagine a fantastical world swirling around you. Parents are finding it increasingly difficult to pull out the time to read to their child at the end of a long and exhausting day. By missing out on a bedtime story, you’re also denying your child access to an amazing world of stories out there! For younger children, it becomes difficult to read as they’re falling asleep, responding better when a story is narrated to them.

Parents are finding audiobooks a great alternative while children are sitting in the car for long commutes or while they are dozing off. With a vast variety of books available online, parents no longer have to scramble from one bookshop to another to find the book their child wants. Nor do they have to wait for books to be delivered, if they’ve chosen to order online. Audiobooks are delivered instantly to the device of your choice. If you’re using an app to stream and listen to audiobooks, there is a universe of books available at your fingertips – for both you and your child. Studies have also shown that children develop a better vocabulary, have exposure to a variety of literary styles and learn a diverse number of words at a young age.

This rise of the audiobook is not entirely credited to novels and fiction. Self-learning is growing in popularity and people are choosing to listen to educational audiobooks in their free time. Children also have the chance to learn new facts about their favourite subjects by listening to audiobooks. This can prove to be a great tool for children to learn more about topics outside of their school textbooks. It gives listeners an opportunity to learn and grow, while on the move. Audiobooks are available in every format - on your tablet, phone, laptop and MP3 player. Listeners across financial backgrounds have affordable options to buy different gadgets, through which they can listen to audiobooks.

One of the apps available is ‘Storytel’. To give your child a chance to explore an alternate world of storytelling.

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