More Unintended Consequences
Help!- I’m trapped in a maze of cardboard boxes, and I can’t find the way out!
Not really. But there are a lot of boxes, and they all need to be filled so they can be loaded up this weekend, so this will be a rather short post.
Let’s talk about audio books. I don’t listen to them a lot, because I read so much faster than anyone can talk intelligibly, and I remember information better when I read it. But other people swear by them, and they’ve been the hot new thing for the reading public over the past couple of years. A lot of authors pour money into hiring voice actors to read them, and gear their advertising toward commuters who have nothing better to do for an hour or more five days a week.
Until this winter, when a large part of audio book listeners started working from home. Suddenly their commute became the route between the bedroom, kitchen, and living room. Not enough time to pop in a book of any kind. Only time will tell if the change is permanent; maybe some of the audio book readers will switch to print/ebooks, if they have the time to read them.
If you have books available as audio books, have you noticed a change in sales in the past few months? Are you continuing to publish your books in this format, or planning to do so in the future? If you’re a reader of audio books, have your reading habits changed? Have you started listening to audio books while doing other things, like cleaning, just to get your fix? Do you expect your habits will change again if/when you start working away from home again?
Details, please. I’m hoping to give my career a kick in the butt when I’ve gotten settled in the new house, and I need to know if audio books are still an avenue worth exploring.