Why are audiobooks better than podcasts….a hopefully persuasive argument! Audiobooks generally give a little more depth to topics, don’t have commercials, and can get into a variety of topics without adding extra layers of bias.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Podcasts at times as well, but the commercials, and self-promotion aspects of them tend to make my interest wane, especially after you hear the same commercial for the 15th time. Audiobooks by comparison do not have this issue. Audiobooks have no commercials, and no distractions, and allow for a fully immersive experience.

The depth in an audiobook can be quite good depending on what you are looking for. Audiobooks exist for many books now that just a few years ago did not. Twenty years ago one would have had to get a set of CDs or cassette tapes to take advantage of this format, along with a CD or tape player. Now it is all in the palm of your hand. Podcasts are also widely available of course, but as a historian, I am interested in many of the voices of the past, where most podcasts are more concerned with the contemporary world.

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Lastly, audiobooks have the author or authors’ bias to be considered, versus, another layer or two of the producer of the podcast and possible podcast personality delivering the information. While discussions between people can be quite fascinating to listen to and watch, there is no better source than the original one, especially when it comes to history!

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Discussion Question

  1. Do you think audiobooks or podcasts are better? Why?

11 responses to “Why Audiobooks Are Better Than Podcasts”

    1. I do too, I just do audiobooks more.

  1. Audiobooks are definitely better especially during a long commute or vacation traveling.

    1. Podcasts are cool too, but I do enjoy the aspect of reading actual books. I find I do not have enough time to do a lot of reading and there are a lot of books I would like to read.

  2. Good points comparing the two. I don’t listen to podcasts and for books, I still like an actual book in my hands so it has my undivided attention.

    1. I usually read physical books before bed, although I prefer digital copies so I can make the text larger.

      1. Making the text larger is a good feature of the digital copies.

      2. I din’t do well with large pages of snall print. It is hard for ne not to lose my place.

  3. To be honest, I believe the same, I prefer audiobooks and I listen to them every day. Such a well-written post dear and a wonderful topic🤗

  4. I think reading books is best because you are more focussed but I also listen to audiobooks because you can walk, workout, clean your house etc while listening.
    I also appreciate podcasts sometimes

    1. I do like annotating paperback book, but seldom have the time or mental energy to do so at the end of the day, lol

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