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By: bethan

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:11:11 +0000

That's a really good idea! I'd never thought of trying the text-to-speech. I'll give it a go and see how I like it :)

By: mininglibrarian

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:31:16 +0000

I use the "text-to-speech" function on my Kindle to turn whatever I'm reading normally into an audiobook when it's time to do things like the washing up or getting dressed on a morning. It's a bit computer generated and has issues with certain words, but for the bonus of being able to keep reading the same book, it's worth it! It's under the Aa key if you want to try it out...

By: bethan

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:32:30 +0000

It's good to know I'm not the only one! Makes me think that some of the people who look like they're listening to music are probably listening to audiobooks - a bit less conspicuous than a paperback! Well done getting through the Stieg Larsson books in the gym - you must have racked up a fair few miles :)

By: Claire Lucas

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 12:16:21 +0000

Hi Bethan - I too have used audiobooks at the gym for years - at first using an old-fashioned cassette tape walkman, and more recently on my i-Pod. I agree that light reads are best for the gym, and have enjoyed several Erica James novels. I also got through the first two Stieg Larsson books using this medium. I've seen people reading books and magazines propped up on the machines; I can do this on the exercise bike, but find it hard on the cross trainer - all that bobbing up and down made me feel a bit sick!

By: bethan

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 14:07:49 +0000

oh gosh, I couldn't read anything at the gym that required real thought! That's proper dedication.

By: theatregrad

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:39:48 +0000

I used to be surrounded by students in the university gym at Oxford with textbooks and print outs of intense looking journal articles! I don't think I would be able to do that sort of reading whilst using a cross trainer. Perhaps Kindle use at the gym will become increasingly popular though.

By: bethan

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:38:10 +0000

Oh yes, it's always much harder to find time for leisure reading when you're studying - and maybe taking an expensive library textbook to the gym wouldn't be such a good idea! I'm impressed with your cat/newspaper juggling skills, though - I find it hard enough to handle a broadsheet without any extra impediments!

By: bethan

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:36:15 +0000

That's a great point - sounds like audiobooks are even more convenient than a kindle! I've never really got into audiobooks - any recommendations for really good ones, to start me off?

By: Francesca Redman (@deadlylibrarian)

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:31:38 +0000

I don't read anywhere exciting, barely read anything thats not directly related to study at the moment! I quite often have to read through a cat, cause apparently a newspaper is the be all and end all of comfort!

By: Nicole Brock

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:27:10 +0000

I read at the gym, too, but use audiobooks. I've found that audiobooks allow me to multi-task with other tedious physical labor like doing dishes, cleaning house, etc. I also listen while driving the five hours to my hometown to visit family, though I suppose that's not so strange!