The appeal of audiobooks lies in their ability to give someone the experience of a novel within the always-on-the-go lifestyle that our culture has embraced. Prior to the wide availability of audiobooks, for many there simply isn’t enough time in the day to sit down and read a book. A book’s greatest strength, its ability to allow one to escape from reality, was also its greatest weakness, as it meant that time couldn’t be spent doing other things.
So you’re excited to open up your new book, freshly downloaded to an ereader. It might be the Amazon Kindle, maybe the Barnes & Noble Nook, or even a tablet using a book app. The anticipation rises, the new download opens to the title display, then after turning a few pages it opens to the first chapter. Three words in you realize you don’t like the font. Or maybe not. It’s more likely the font style and size are the furthest thing from your mind. As you read, a few hundred other people are likely reading that same novel, but are experiencing it in entirely different ways. Aside from the personal taste and perspective every reader brings to a story, there’s also the technical components of reading devices that allow people to customize their experience, and manufacturers to reach a wider audience with ebooks.
Book playlists. Sometimes author created lists are part of a marketing strategy and at others they are another way to bring readers into the writing process. Whatever the reason, music can change and enhance the way we experience and enjoy reading. These playlists give readers the chance to get to know their favorite books and authors just a little bit better.
It would be easy to write off visual novels because of their technological medium, but anyone who can use a computer or operate an iPad—or better yet, program a VCR—can read one.
Simplicity may seem a poor approach to standing out in the expansive internet, but websites can be one of an author’s most useful tools in book and career promotion, and it doesn’t take much to effectively connect with an audience.
According to Reading Picture Books to Children by Megan Dowd Lambert, this is an opportunity for both parties to engage in “extended, cognitively challenging conversation during the reading of a book.” It’s a free-flowing narrative experience that makes space for children to develop ideas about the structure and reasoning behind the narrative and art of books.