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Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It?

EACH IS BEST SUITED TO DIFFERENT PURPOSES, AND NEITHER IS SUPERIOR.

A few years ago, when people heard I was a reading researcher, they might ask about their child’s dyslexia or how to get their teenager to read more. But today the question I get most often is, “Is it cheating if I listen to an audiobook for my book club?”

Audiobook sales have doubled in the last five years while print and e-book sales are flat. These trends might lead us to fear that audiobooks will do to reading what keyboarding has done to

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