Audiobooks are still a small percentage of the overall publishing industry, and therefore they don’t draw attention they deserve.
In recent years, however, audiobooks enjoy fast growth while the sales of print books and ebooks have slowed down. It’s high time to explore all possibilities they can give.
Audiobooks sold on CDs are still popular, but digital downloads are much more comfortable and much easier to handle. All you need to have is an audiobook application on your smartphone. It will make it easier than ever to listen to audiobooks anytime, anywhere.
Spoken books are not only a great way to enjoy literature while doing other things, for instance driving a car. They are also a very effective way to increase literacy. Studies prove 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening.
We’ve collected below a few most interesting infographics that present facts and figures that should convince you to try audiobooks. More to come, so stay tuned!
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5 infographics that show the benefits of audiobooks
1. How audiobooks promote early literacy
Have you ever wondered how much audio can improve early literacy skills?
The infographic above sums up all major benefits of reading aloud to children and using audiobooks in schools.
Facts? The spoken words increase reading accuracy by 52% and improve comprehension by 76%. Combine it with the fact that 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening.
2. How audiobooks help increase literacy
There are several ways to encourage children and students to read. Audiobooks are one of the most effective ones.
The infographic from Tales 2 Go shows the benefits of audiobooks and spoken language in general.
“Audiobooks can be a bridge to topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to activities, or on vacations.”
3. Which US states listen to the most audiobooks
The infographic released by Scribd ebook platform shows which US states and cities are most tuned it.
The data is based on the activity of Scribd users. 3.9 million hours of audiobook listening behavior between December 2014 and January 2016 were analyzed.
Residents of Idaho, Utah, and Maine listen to the most audiobooks. On the opposite side of the landscape, we find New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Inhabitants of Salt Lake City listen to more audiobooks than any other city in the US.
4. Combat summer slide with audiobooks
The infographic is describing one very specific area where audiobooks turn out to be of great importance – summer slide.
Summer slide is a loss of learning skills and knowledge during the summer months. Many children spend time with no books to read.
One way to combat it is to secure access to print or electronic books – for instance by visiting the public library.
But there is an easier way to draw children’s attention to books – play them audiobooks. Especially that listening is the most effective way to grow up vocabulary and fluency until late middle school.
5. Why audiobooks work in the classroom
The infographic from Learning Ally and We Are Teachers shows that using audiobooks in the classroom can improve reading scores.
The visual describes the benefits of audiobooks by busting the myths about them. Plus, there are some things you may still not know about teaching with audiobooks.
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