Audiobooks have exploded in popularity in recent years. The increasingly common presence of portable smartphones, tablets, and laptops in our lives has revealed the convenience of audiobooks. They can be accessed practically anywhere, at any time, and take up no more space than what your phone or computer already does. They’re proving to be just as valuable to our daily listening habits as music or the radio. Here are five reasons why you should pick audiobooks for your daily listening.

  1. Save Time

Reading is a solitary, dedicated task. When you sit down to read, you’re committing chunks of your time to nothing but looking at text on a page for however long your attention holds. But audiobooks don’t require the same single-minded focus – in fact, many readers find audiobooks easier to focus on because the narrator sets the pace.

Some may be intimidated by the length of a recording – a 12-hour recording seems gigantic for a novel you could potentially read in half that time. But reading isn’t always as fast as it seems. Many readers fall prey to distractions that drag their attention away or find themselves reading a paragraph over and over without really comprehending it. Some digital services let you slightly speed up the narrator, too, to shave off time. Ultimately, many find audiobooks to be more efficient in the long run.

2.Ability to Multi-Task

Listening to audiobooks is ideal for multitasking during mundane chores: folding laundry, cleaning the house, cooking, driving to work, and so on. Services like Audible allow for multi-platform access, so you can start listening on your phone and finish on your laptop.

3.Learn Better

Some people have an aural learning style, which essentially means that they learn better through hearing things, rather than reading them on a page. This makes audiobooks ideal for aural learners, but all types of learners can benefit from them.

The general consensus among most researchers is that there’s not much difference when it comes to the level of comprehension and amount of information retention from audiobooks versus traditional reading. You may find it takes a little bit of time to adjust your mind to listening over reading, but many avid listeners eventually find they engage more with a text when they hear it instead of reading it.

4.Variety Equals Opportunity

 Of course, with audiobooks, you’re not limited to novels – audiobook libraries include non-fiction of all kinds, from texts on science and art to self-help books, true crime, biographies, pop economics, and everything in between. Books can be abridged for length or kept unabridged, which is convenient for students making their way through assigned readings.

Services like Audible have a variety of texts read in languages other than English, so even listening to a novel can be educational for those trying to learn another language.

5.Clear Out Your Backlog

How many books are waiting on your bookshelf, untouched? Or in your Kindle library? Even the most voracious of readers have a sizeable backlog of books they purchased but never read. The reasons for this are most often related to time – you may buy a book with the intent of reading it when you have time to spare, but that time never comes, or you choose to do other things instead.

It’s so much easier to work your way through your to-read list by listening to an audiobook. The Audible library, for example, has close to half a million books available for subscribers – so chances are you can find something there that you’ve been meaning to pick up.

In fact, Audible has a service called Whispersync that allows readers to sync their Kindle ebooks with their audiobooks, allowing you to easily switch between listening and reading at any point. It’s just another step that makes clearing out your backlog just a little bit easier. (Not to mention a digital library will never collect dust.) For a more in-depth review of Audible, visit