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Friday, August 31, 2018

Audiobooks for College Students?: A Q&A With the Co-Founder of Libro.fm | Inside Higher Ed

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"How should higher education approach audiobooks, and what are the alternatives to Audible / Amazon?" says Dr. Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).
 
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Are you as obsessed as I am with the idea of college students listening to audiobooks? If not, what is wrong with you?

What would happen if audiobooks moved from an academic scarcity to and academic abundance? If students had the ability to easily get access to digital copies - both e-book and audiobook - of books assigned by their professors.

Or even if college students decided to read more audiobooks for - wait for it - pleasure.
Would that be such a bad thing? College is about many things. It should at least be about creating the habit of reading. If we want to create lifetime learners, then we need to create lifetime book readers...

The folks at Libro.fm have been kind enough to let me try out their audiobook platform. I think you should do the same. As you check out their site, and read the Q&A with Libro.fm co-founder below, try to imagine what a partnership with this company might look like on your campus. At this point, nobody has any idea what this sort of partnership might look like. How it would work.  That is okay.

Maybe the knowledge that colleges and universities are interested enough in audiobooks will get Amazon / Audible to also engage with us.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed (blog)