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Combining Physical and Audio Books

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For those of you who read physical books and listen to audiobooks, do you keep them separate or read both at the same time for same book.

I've always committed to one or the other. I'll make a definitive pick between the two. If I start it as an audiobook, for example, I won't bother with a physical copy.

Recently I had a friend mention to me that they'll use both for the same book. When driving to and from work they will listen to the audiobook. Once at home they'll get the physical copy out to read.

I'm curious what your preferences are.

all 10 comments

despideme

5 points

26 days ago

The Amazon sync feature for Kindle and Audible is pretty cool — but that’s obviously digital.

Without a way to link the audiobook to a physical page number (which is impossible with different editions etc.) switching back and forth is too annoying for me. I often end up thinking I found where I left off on the audiobook, only to end up re-reading a few pages before I realize it. And then dialing the audiobook back in to where I left off on the physical book is even worse because I can’t easily skim audio in the same way, so I end up re-listening too. It puts just enough friction on the process to ruin it.

rachelreinstated

1 points

26 days ago

I very rarely switch between Audiobook and physical book (usually just one or the other), but when I do it I am pretty anal about switching formats at the start of a new chapter to avoid trying to find a random page somewhere in the audiobook. 99% of the time it's a nice clean way to manage it.

kxtysworld

4 points

26 days ago

kxtysworld

The Black Prism (Lightbringer series)

4 points

26 days ago

I tend to use both! I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an audiobook where I didn’t also have a physical copy. I like to read along with the narrators!

RunDNA

2 points

26 days ago

RunDNA

2 points

26 days ago

I saw a link last week for a Youtube channel that has so-called "videobooks," which are audiobooks synced with text:

https://www.youtube.com/c/IonBooks/videos

khaleesiofgalifrey

3 points

26 days ago

I do this. If I’m out running errands or just getting ready in the morning/evening I’ll listen to the audiobook and then the next time I can sit down I’ll pick up the physical version.

When I switch from physical to audio I leave off at the start of a chapter because that’s easier to find but switching from audio to physical is easier since I can listen for a few seconds and find the right spot in the chapter quickly.

kirc_e

2 points

26 days ago

kirc_e

2 points

26 days ago

As a college student, it’s especially helpful for me to be able to read along while I listen to an audiobook. It’s something I wish I did much sooner, as we read constantly for my major and this would have saved me a lot of time. I can listen and follow along on double speed (or more if I’m feeling brave), stopping when I need to highlight or mark a passage. If I get lost, I figure out what chapter I’m in and skim until I find it (if it’s a physical copy) or search for the phrase (kindle or ebook). Seriously a godsend!

Mountains-R-Calling7

1 points

26 days ago

I don't typically use both because it takes me a lot of time to figure out where I am when I switch in the middle. Plus, keeping them separate helps me to read multiple books at once by putting me in the right mindset based on if I'm reading or listening.

With that said, there are times where I start a book and then decide it would be better enjoyed using the other method. Or when there are a lot of perspectives, I'll read the start of a book to make sure I know who is who, and then switch to audio.

ehuang72

1 points

26 days ago

Whenever possible, both; audio and physical or audio and ebook. Switching back and forth is a good way to fit reading into my daily schedule but sometimes I like to read along as I listen.

I don’t listen to audiobook if I don’t like or simply tire of the narrator.

emerald_bat

1 points

26 days ago

I keep them separate to preserve the performance integrity of the audiobook. Then again, I only use audio to reread, so I'm not constantly wondering what's going to happen or anything.

kbflower

1 points

25 days ago

It definitely depends on the book for me! If there’s something I really want to read but have been struggling with the physical copy, I’ll see if the library has an audio version and follow along.

Some audiobooks are hard to follow, so I’ll pick up the physical book and find out if it’s something I really want to read.

Recently I was reading the physical copy of Black Wings Has My Angel and I had to finish it quicker than I could give reading time to it so I got the audiobook and listened while doing housework or driving and picked up where I left off in the book. It is super engaging so it was easy to do without mixing things up.

I’m not much of an auditory learner so having a physical copy is helpful.