Is it Cheating to Listen?

A recent article in the New York Times said some book clubs call it cheating when a member listens to a book instead of reading it.
But the head librarian for Baltimore’s library system disagrees. So does Baltimore Sun columnist Susan Reimer, and so do I.
What do you think?


Sun columnist Susan Reimer wrote recently that she has listened to hundreds of books on her long drive to and from work.
And she withdrew from her book club partly because the members looked askance at her listening instead of reading.
To bolster her stance, she went to an authority, Carla Hayden, executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore who said, “No, it is not cheating.
In fact, I think we should appreciate the fact that we have so many ways now to enjoy literature.”
How about you?
Do you read or listen or both?

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One Response to Is it Cheating to Listen?

  1. Sue Goetze says:

    There is no better place to be than in the middle of a good book.(author unknown) To be reading or to be listening, you are still in the author’s story line and experiencing this new line of thought. You are still in your own mind’s eye. And the benefit of listening to books while you are driving is that it takes the stress of the traffic rush away. Your mind is on the story, not the car that just cut you off. What type of snobbery requires that your eyes read the words?

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