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Is listening literacy?

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How the blind view the Braille / listening dilemma adds an interesting dimension to the audiobook reading / cheating debate. In The New York Times article Listening to Braille, Rachel Aviv offers a fascinating look at the evolving – and some say regressing – literacy of blind students who listen rather than read using the system developed by Louis Braille, quoting Walter Ong and referencing studies of brain development. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of reading.

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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