After a year-long experiment with audio books for commuting, I’m going to get one more book with my new credit on Audible.com and then stop the auto-purchasing.
I’ve missed reading, and by using my iPod as a “reading” device, I’ve actually missed a bunch of a number of books over the past year. Why? I fall asleep too often while commuting, both in the morning and the evening. With my Kindle, I never had that problem — it turns off when I fall asleep, at the last spot I read. No so with audio books. There’s a timer setting I could use, but that’s not practical in my mind. I still spend time looking for the last bit I remember hearing.
The underlying reason I went to audio books is simple: I get motion sickness when reading on the bus. Or, rather, I do when I don’t pay attention to what’s happening outside of the bus. Reading in start-and-stop traffic such as in towns while picking up or dropping off people? Bad idea. Reading when stuck in slow traffic on the highway into the city? Perfect.
I discovered this last week as I started reading Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (hat-tip to Elizabeth for letting me know it was on sale). To say I’m ecstatic is an understatement. I’m devouring the book and can’t wait for more. It’s just a matter of paying attention. If the bus is flying in areas on the highway it normally doesn’t, then it’s not a good idea to read.
Some days I won’t be reading much, but other days, when there’s traffic, it’ll be a reading bonanza. I can live with that. I’m very happy to be reading again on my commute. I’m even planning on reading during lunch today instead of web-surfing like I normally do.
This pleases me.