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Rediscover Reading During Quarantine: A Guide to Audiobooks

When was the last time you opened a new book, ready to dive into a new adventure?

It may have been a while, especially due to the difficulties of quarantine. In the midst of our busy lives, it is not always easy to find the time for a reading session. And with local bookshops and libraries closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be a challenge to find a good book. In either case, consider giving audiobooks a try!

Whether you are an avid reader or not, audiobooks provide an alternative to a printed book that may just be ideal for you!

An audiobook is a voice-recording of a text, that can be listened to on various electronic devices. Audiobooks provide loads of benefits. They allow for reading whenever and wherever. One of the biggest advantages of audiobooks is that they are eyes and hands-free. This means you can listen while exercising, cleaning, doing household chores, and more. You can immerse into a compelling fantasy during a long car ride, or surround yourself with the wisdom of brilliant authors while doing the dishes. A captivating audiobook might just bring excitement to otherwise tedious tasks!

One of the best places to discover audiobooks is your local library. Many public libraries have a vast collection of audiobooks of all genres. Check out your library’s website to see what is offered! Audiobooks can also be found in various apps, such as Spotify, Apple Books, Google Play Books, and many more.

Another great place to explore audiobooks is on Audible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the shut-down of schools, Audible has made hundreds of titles available to listen for free—no sign-up or login required! These include:

  • Children’s books

  • Teen novels

  • Folk tales

  • Fairy tales

  • Literary classics for all ages

Among the hundreds of titles include Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Anne of Green Gables, Frankenstein,Jane Eyre, and Moby Dick. Visit this website to get started!

Screenshot from Audible Stories—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Audiobook available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and German.

With online audiobooks, there is an entire library available right at your fingertips! By finding new ways to enjoy your favourite books, you can rediscover reading during quarantine. You might even come across a newfound love of reading!

Grab your headphones, choose an audiobook, and prepare for the magical experience of a new story!

Contributors: Risha Shah, Victoria Huang