Posted by: Chris Sandel | January 9, 2009

“Reading” For Dummies


I’m not a big reader.  I want to be.  I know I should be and I am happy when I feel like I have been.  But traditionally, reading hasnt’ been my strong suit.  I think I find it hard because I’m not able to do more than one thing at a time when I’m reading.  Something about it doesn’t make me feel efficient enough (even though I know that is dumb).  Because of that, I’ve been a big fan of audiobooks for a long time. 

Growing up we sometimes listened to books on road trips and I always enjoyed that.  In high school, it was books on tape that helped me get through english class.  I spent many an afternoon listening to books and delivering newspapers.  My big research paper junior year was on Robinson Crusoe and I dont’ think I ever technically “read” the book (not recommended kids…read to succeed!).  In college I would get tapes from the local library or from the media center at Lincoln Christian College and listen while driving or while putting together furniture at work.

Even now, I still enjoy listening to pocasts and audiobooks (many via on my iPod.  I used to feel bad that I wasn’t technically “reading” but I eventually decided that it is much better to embrace the listening and still get the content.  Other wise I’d just feel like I should be reading and still never actually get around to it. 

I’m currently listening to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  Melissa and I are also in the middle of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (I’ve already listened to them all but we’ve been listening together on road trips).   Listening really feeds my desire to be productive.  I ran errands all afternoon and made it through a significant portion of the book at the same time.

However, there are still lots of things that aren’t available on mp3 which means that if I want to read them, I’ve got to go old school.  At least, that is what it used to mean.  I just ran across this new book scanner.  Character recognition technology has been around for a long time.  It will allow you to scan in a document as text.  But this new scanner takes it to a whole new level and turns that text into an mp3.  I’m not sure will like this but it sure would have been helpful to me in High School (sadly, I did have to read, or at least I was supposed to have read, many of the books not available on tape).  Too bad it is $700.  I may enjoy listening rather than reading but for that much I’m probably going to have to stick to old school “reading.”


cartoon ht Aha! Jokes, scanner article via Wired



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