NYT’s The Way We Read Now

Awesome audiobook quotes from Dwight Garner’s “The Way We Read Now” in the 3/18 New York Times Sunday Review.  You’ll want to read the whole thing, but I just have to share these two tidbits…

Keep an audio book or two on your iPhone. Periodically I take the largest of my family’s dogs on long walks, and I stick my iPhone in my shirt pocket, its tiny speaker facing up. I’ve listened to Saul Bellow’s “Herzog” this way. The shirt pocket method is better than using ear buds, which block out the natural world. My wife tucks her phone into her bra, on long walks, and listens to Dickens novels. I find this unbearably sexy.

And in this quote, feel free to substitute audiobooks for eBooks…

Because e-books don’t have covers, teenagers may find it easier to consume the books some parents used to confiscate — “Forever,” by Judy Blume, “Flowers in the Attic,” by V. C. Andrews. Their parents will think they are playing Angry Birds.

And now I’m off to try out the no-earbud audiobook-on-phone method, a perfect way to enjoy a good book and the natural sounds on a beautiful Spring walk.

 

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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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