The answer is yes! The Audio Publishers Association of America has just released the results of two 2008 surveys that show more Americans than ever are listening to audiobooks—and these results also help debunk some of the myths about audio enthusiasts and reading.
Audiobooks aren’t a shortcut, they’re another way to make literature accessible to everyone in today’s busy world. And audiobook listeners do read print as well! This reinforces Recorded Books studies that have shown audiobooks are a great motivator, helping to foster a love of reading in those who already enjoy it, but also making it fun, understandable, and rewarding for those who might otherwise consider themselves “non-readers.”
What reactions do you get from other educators when you tell them you use audiobooks in your classroom? Let us know in September’s survey at www.recordedbooks.com—and keep the statistics above in mind as a response!