If you ask people about why they read, many will answer that they read to retain information because that’s what they taught you to do in school. But that isn’t reading. That’s called studying.
In reality, you read to train your mind the same way working out trains your body. Only instead of breaking down your muscle fibers by applying pressure and growing them back stronger. You are rewiring the neurons, the fibers of your brain, into a stronger more aligned version of yourself. A version that is more capable of lifting the weights life provides.
The misconception about reading is that its boring and has very little benefits. But this is the one habit that you should be doing consistently. Reading can open your mind to ideas, inspirations, ways of thinking and mental fortitude that will bring you to success that will allow you to achieve your dreams.
As technology has progressed throughout time, it has given us an alternative to traditional reading known as audiobooks. Audiobooks are voice recordings of the text of a book that you listen to rather than read. They can be exact word-for-word versions of books or abridged versions. Audiobooks can be listened through many mediums like portable music player, cell phone, computer, tablet, home speaker system or through streaming audio in cars. They can be downloaded from digital music stores and you can also purchase them from online bookstores or download themfor free from public domain sites.
Audiobooks may seem as a relatively new way of reading, but their origins may be traced back to the 1930s. They were often used as educational medium and could be found in school and libraries. They were referred to as talking books and were sold in physical forms on analog cassette tapes and vinyl records.
Due to the advent of the internet, an extensive collection of audiobooks was made available online through many different sources.
Experts say that when you are reading something, you are looking at symbols on a page and you brain is busy filling in all the blanks. The sound of the voices, the scene, the inflection, the deeper meaning, the plot etc. This can make physically reading a book a more personal experience because your inner voice is responsible for creating everything that’s not on the page from only the words on the page.
Reading is an integral part of culture as most experts agree that society only began when the first writing system was invented. That would take us back to some 5200 years. Hence you can say that reading is an ancient art form that was perfected throughout the ages.