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Listening To A Book, Especially On Amazon ‘Audible’, Is Profoundly Different To Reading It.

by Anura Guruge


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Some of you may have already worked this out, but it has only SLOWLY dawned upon me. OK, to be fair, I ONLY started listening to Amazon ‘Audible’ books in September of this year. So, it has only been a few months (3 to be precise) though I have gone through, as you can see from top image, 13 quite ‘hefty’ books.

I had listened to books on CD & even tape in the past — but at least 15-years ago. Much has changed in those years. That, I appreciate, is one of the reasons I am so enamored with Audible. Today’s book are not just read — they are acted out. One of the books I listened to, “The Liar’s Girl“, had 3 people reading it to do the various voices. It is no longer a monotonous reading. They act out the reading. So, they kind of add LIFE to the book & characters.

It is no longer JUST the author, BUT now — with the Audible books — the person reading it! That person needs to get nearly as much credit — & they do!

It is also the case that WHERE I listen to my books is different. That adds to the allure. I only listen, through noise cancelling FULL HEADSETS while I am walking. So, very few distractions. It is even better than listening when you are driving. I can concentrate — & I do.

I have come to realize that some books are better listened to than they would be read! I think I get through listened books faster — mainly because I am a notoriously SLOW reader. Much of that is because I like to reread sentences & paragraphs. I love words, I love structure, I love writing. So, when I read, IF I come across good writing, I reread it for the pleasure.

That I am now thinking that some books are better listened to than read is a revelation to I. To I, that is profound. So, it is now not just content. It is presentation. Forget judging a book by its cover. It has become judging a book by how it is read aloud to you.

I am still formulating my thoughts. I am putting this out to get you to think. Get your thoughts. Think about it. Thanks.


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by Anura Guruge

New Study By ‘University Of Liverpool’ Concludes That Reading For Pleasure Is V. Beneficial To One’s Well Being.

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. I am CHUFFED. But, am I chuffed (because I am innately happy) due to my lifelong addiction to ‘reading for pleasure‘.

30 minutes a (bloody) week. Try 30-minutes (at least) a DAY. 210-minutes, MINIMUM, per week — and that has been every day (bar nary a miss) for 62-years.

Next to sex and WRITING, reading is my greatest pleasure — in terms of things I do. I caught the bug young — when I was 3 (when I started to be able to read in both English and Sinhalese). That my adoptive father too was an incessant reader (& writer) definitely had something to do with it — and I grew up in a house with a HUGE, book-lined library. So, that was a good start.

So, I am HAPPY. That is one of my trademark traits. I am HAPPY. Is that happiness due to all the reading I do? I am not sure. I don’t think so. Reading most likely helps. In my case I think it is also hormones and my rather unique relationship with my brain (my best friend) — à la my ‘Brain Meditation‘ precepts.

But, I read a lot and I am happy, content and satisfied. Maybe there is a connection.

I am flabbergasted by folks that do NOT read, for pleasure, day-in and day-out. I feel sorry for them. I feel that they are missing so much in life. This study just confirms my feelings on the front. SMILE. Read. It is good for YOU.


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by Anura Guruge

Use Firefox, Rather Than Google Chrome, To Read The U.K. “Daily Mail” On Android Devices.

by Anura Guruge



Trying to read the U.K. “Daily Mail“, my favorite newspaper for over 40-years, with Chrome, on my 10″ Android Tablet had become quite the chore. The latest HUGE banner, at the bottom, of the screen, was the last straw. It was like trying to read something through a slit.

I had enough.

Yes, I fully appreciate that it costs a lot of money to provide the level of news they do. But, they can’t be so obnoxious.

I tried an Ad Blocker. Didn’t do anything. Yes, I will confess that I refuse to use their APP and insist on reading it in a browser — in desktop-mode.

I am a Google shareholder and, as you know, I permit ads on this blog. But, I hope they are not obnoxious.

So, on a whim I went back to Firefox. I have no qualms about that. I was one of the original advocates of Firefox way back in the late 1990s. I convinced quite a few to switch to Firefox. And I have never had anything against Firefox. Just assumed that Google is ‘one-stop-shopping’. But, I was wrong.

I have only been using Firefox, with the Daily Mail, for a few minutes. Yes, you still get Ads — like the top banner. But, so far, I haven’t had as many pop-up ads. that were ruining my reading experience.


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by Anura Guruge