The Best Running Books in 2021
Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero
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Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood Emotional Neglect
Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump--and Democrats from Themselves
Running with the Buffaloes: A Season Inside With Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, And The University Of Colorado Men's Cross Country Team
The Running Dream (Schneider Family Book Award - Teen Book Winner)
Agent Running in the Field: A Novel
The Complete Book of Running
Running Scared (COBRA Securities Book 19)
Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
Audio Books May Be the Last Hope for Books in This Technologically-driven World
As books and newspapers face a decline in readers, video games and internet users continue to soar. So, what is the book industry to do? Go audio, of course! Some companies are betting that online audio books may be the last hope.
More independent bookstores are closing not only due to larger chains offering more competitive pricing, but also because of the lack of interest, time or whatever the reason may be for not reading books these days.
Many blame the decline in readers on technology. Developments in technology such as computers, video games and iPods have made it a lot more convenient to play a video game or go on the Internet as opposed to reading a book in our leisure time.
While fatalists believe newspapers are going extinct, some people see a saving grace for books through the Internet. Internet sites such as www.audible.com, now offer the audio versions of books or periodicals. This, in many ways, widens the number of channels people have to read books as opposed to doing something else. This also, in some ways, may help to spark more interest in authors and reading in general.
While audio books may not be the same as actually reading books, many people are banking on this as a last ditch effort for saving books since it at least has something to do with books.
A few years back, many had speculated that e-books would become popular but they never really did catch on because it was ultimately, the same as reading a book - with the exception that the pages were on a computer screen.
As with any company, more people are attracted to a company's web version of something if there are differences between the web version and the original version - that's the whole point of putting something on the web. If there are no differences, people get bored.
The Audible.com company sells the audio books or periodicals through outlets such as iTunes and Amazon.com making it much more accessible to a younger audience more comfortable with utilizing the web for just about anything.
According to Audible.com, the number of people downloading audio books, were up 9 percent. This hardly leaves room for anyone to speculate that any major, cultural change is taking place. However it does imply that something may slowly be catching on.
If this is the case, it could mean a great breakthrough for the publishing industry and all forms of print media. At the same time, audio books will always remain audio books. It is definitely not the same thing as reading a book. This essentially takes us back to the same argument that was posed at the beginning which is that books are, sadly, becoming extinct.