Many adults who say they don’t read blame lack of time. Now though, that position is harder to argue as – building on the ‘subscription culture’ created for music and screen by companies such as Spotify, HBO and Netflix – Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and the multilingual offering of Swedish giant Storytel are making things easy for audiobook consumers.
But although many of the latest news feeds and blogs are discussing audio books as if they were at the cutting-edge of innovation, listening to books is nothing new: as well as regular readings from the Bible for family and servants, our ancestors would sit together in the evenings while the patriarch read aloud improving literature or the next instalment of the latest serialised novel, and the mother or governess might read to the children in the schoolroom as part of their education. Even today, our earliest memories of books are usually those our parents read at bedtime or the teacher read to us at kindergarten story-time.
Íñigo García Ureta, Spanish author, editor and translator, reminds us of how we learned to love stories “not between the pages of a book, but between the sheets, listening to the voice of a father or a mother reading out loud.” Perhaps that aural experience is why he goes on to say, “A book, any book, is no more than a voice that resonates with us” and sums up this fundamental essence of literature as sound when he tells us, “Pretending that the ink is earlier – or superior – to the sound is like saying that the printed menu of a restaurant will satisfy our stomachs.”
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