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Time to read: Exploring the timespaces of subscription-based audiobooks
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1813-8046
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9228-9179
(English)In: New Media and Society, ISSN 1461-4448, E-ISSN 1461-7315Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

With remediation of the printed book into audiobook subscription services, reading by listening is becoming a popular alternative to reading by seeing. This article explores when people read by listening and whether there may be a shift regarding the places and times people read by listening rather than by seeing. Based on a considerable dataset from a Swedish subscription service for digital books, this article reveals that audiobook reading takes place at somewhat different times than expected and that subscribers read significant amounts each day. The findings indicate that the remediation into reading by listening using digital audiobooks may close the gender gap common in reading, as the reading practices of men and women are very similar, with men even reading slightly more than women. The reading practices of young adults are also similar to the larger population. Furthermore, the concepts stationary reading, mobile reading and stationary/mobile reading are introduced.

Keywords [en]
Audiobooks, reading, time, temporality, subscription service
Keywords [sv]
Ljudböcker, läsning, tid, temporaitet, prenumerationstjänster
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21524DOI: 10.1177/1461444819864691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21524DiVA, id: diva2:1340673
Available from: 2019-08-06 Created: 2019-08-06 Last updated: 2019-08-06Bibliographically approved

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