Obsessed with Multitasking? Try Audiobooks 

While there aren’t exactly a wealth of scientific studies endorsing that bingeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix is good for your brain, reading is one activity that has been well-documented to support cognitive health. In terms of habits that health experts recommend to keep our mind sharp, reading is as beneficial for our brain as playing a musical instrument or doing crosswords. 

Open your favourite book whenever it’s rainy, you’re anxious or sad, and that feeling will dissipate. But if you’re a multitasker who loves to read and get lost in other chores at the same time, audiobooks can be handier. You can’t exactly deep clean your bathroom or drive with a book in your hands. But with audiobooks growing massively popular, it does beg the question of whether you’re really reaping the same fruits as traditional reading. We think it does. 

The benefits of listening to audiobooks

If you’ve just discovered audiobooks, then you know how efficient they can be in helping you curb the lazy and do all the things you hate to do because you have to because you’re a grown-up. You inevitably grow more comfortable doing them and that’s one obvious benefit of audiobooks: you can listen anywhere, as long as you have your smartphone and some charge in it. But what else can they do? 

You can multitask if you love to 

One of the most notable advantages of listening to books instead of reading them is that you can save a great deal of time by multitasking. You can listen to your favorite author if the other tasks don’t necessitate much of your attention. Modern life is busy and hectic. 

Perhaps you have a lot going on with your home life and work life, which only makes it impossible to make time for a good book. Reading hard copies is the preferred choice of many bookworms, but you can’t deny the time-saving capabilities of audiobooks. 

Because they’re easy to access, audiobooks let you manage your time more efficiently. All you need, at any point in the day and at any location, is a simple tap of a button and enough energy to get other responsibilities completed. 

It’s not always simple to just open a book and start reading, but audiobooks grant you this luxury. You can read anywhere while still doing and completing most of your daily tasks.  

For example, you can start using your commute time to catch up on reading. You don’t have to waste precious time while in your car or sitting on the train. 

You can listen to audiobooks to improve your mental & physical health 

Obviously, audiobooks inspire and captivate us, but they can also help us escape sleep problems? In fact, a lot of people are listening to audiobooks to help them flake out at night. 

Some would even say that listening to audiobooks would remind them of the same comfort they felt when their parents read to them as kids. Audiobooks are also handy if you want to avoid the adverse effects of screen time before bed. 

The practice of listening to a book before bed is becoming is getting so much attention that the Sleep Council in the UK is teeming with Penguin Books to produce a series of audio stories that are part soundscape, part descriptive narrative using soothing slow voices and relaxing sounds to get you into the right frame for sleep. 

But you’d better keep those audiobooks out of your car’s playlist and avoid driving when you’re tired. AccidentClaims.co.uk experts warn drowsy drivers to avoid driving long distances when tired because it can impair judgment and reaction time. 

Audiobooks make reading entertaining and accessible 

For many people, reading can be a chore. That doesn’t necessarily mean that books are boring (although some are), but not everyone is endowed with the best attention span to sit down and read books for hours. 

It’s clear that in order to get a taste of this experience, some people need something more. And audiobooks are here to save the day. Often audiobooks feature surpassingly good voice acting, music, and emotional intonations, which makes them more exciting and engaging. 

What’s more, audiobooks are an ideal alternative medium for people with reading problems or disabilities.  

For example, individuals with dyslexia can benefit from listening to audiobooks as they can actually retain stories better when they hear them. On the other hand, those with visual disabilities can listen to audiobooks rather than struggle to read the text. 

To put it simply, one of the benefits of audiobooks is that they’re more accessible to a wider audience. They offer a second chance to those who want to learn and adventure to those who normally wouldn’t pick up a book. 

Audiobooks make learning easier 

There’s no secret that reading develops your existing knowledge. Books open us to new worlds, teach us new life lessons and introduce us to new ideas. And audiobooks make all these much easier. 

Since you can use audiobooks in any setting, it can save you a lot of time, thus motivating you to listen to more books. Because of this convenience and easy access to a plethora of learning materials, you can learn on the go. 

Learning has never been easy. And accumulating new information isn’t simple for most people. It takes time and dedication to become a well-informed individual, especially when you’re busy. 

Listening to audiobooks can make learning much easier, even more fun, and exciting. Obviously, you should not ignore printed books, but there’s no harm in learning new things in a comfortable medium that brings more human elements to books. 

But in the end, whether you prefer to acquire new information through listening to an audiobook or reading a written text, your brain chooses what you actually enjoy. 

Gavin Lira Reveals How to “Write” a Best-Seller in 90 Minutes Flat

We were hanging out at Gavin’s house when we started thinking about how good it is to write a book to promote a personal or corporate brand.

I remember saying to Gavin “yeah, but just the thought of writing a book is enough to make me want to procrastinate. Does it happen to you, too?”

A book can increase your brand’s presence, get us on more stages and help you build your personal brand. We knew that, but as simple as it might seem to just get an idea and start writing, taking the first step is just a different thing.

But Gavin had one of these outbursts of enthusiasm that he frequently has and said “Bro, why don’t we just do it now?”

He learned that instead of writing a book, you can just speak it. There are AI programs now that can help you write it, as long as you have a cool idea and give it a little structure. It makes it so much simpler.

In this article, you’ll see how Gavin Lira, CEO of The Empathy Firm, took an idea in his head and turned it into a book, via a simple process you can follow, too. By the end of this article, you’ll have a clear path to getting this item finally done.

First, start with a topic you know a lot about.

Gavin started with a topic he’s an expert at. “I will write about how to build networks and connect people. You already know this, but I love to connect my friends and partners with each other and see how they end up doing great things together.”

Of course I knew it, he’s so good at it that he’s been featured in national level publications like Forbes and Thrive, and even started a PR agency (The Empathy Firm) to leverage his talent.

So, stop right now and write down what topic you’ve got great skill in.

Gavin explained to me that the best thing is to pick just one thing, the narrower the better. “Usually the first thing that comes to mind is the best choice if you’re struggling to decide what to pick.”

Second, write an outline of 10 key bullet points.

He wrote an outline of 10 points which he could talk about for 5 minutes each. He also made sub-points for more detail, “I think that’s enough structure. We’re trying to avoid writing, so we don’t need to write a 10 page essay.”

I did the same thing for a webinar I’m doing. I jotted down 8-10 phrases on a yellow sticky note. Another way you can do it is to do an “interview”, where you write down a list of common questions and have a friend ask them to you.

Gavin looked over his outline and added a story to each major point so he could explain first and then give the example. I recommend you do that too.

Third, consider who your book is for.

“The idea is to solve a problem, not only to help people, because that way the book will be interesting to them,” he said.

Now ask yourself what is the result from people who have completed reading your book. You’ll want to speak about this in your introduction and also mention it again at the end for reinforcement.

Gavin said “people will know the mindset they need and the ways they can reach out to people and build a relationship, and after that, connect people; and the ways they can offer value to their connections.”

Now we needed to pick a title that encapsulates the big benefit. In Gavin’s case, he chose “You’re Just One Connection Away”, since he’s witnessed first-hand the impact of reaching out to people to build connections —actually, the reason you’re reading this article is because he reached out to me on Facebook to offer value first before ever attempting to sell anything.

Fourth, get your phone out and start filming.

Basically, we could just have opened up the voice recorder app in our phones, but we like video, since we can pull out snippets later, so we recorded with his phone’s camera.

If you want to get fancy about filming with a nice camera, microphone, and lighting, you can. We have a whole course on this called “Setting up a video studio for people who suck at video”. But don’t let technicalities stop you from filming.

Lucky we were together. We’ve found that having a colleague there while you’re filming increases the energy level and accountability, plus gives you someone to bounce ideas off. Anyway, in the past I’ve filmed many solo videos just fine.

Gavin suggested pausing for 2 minutes in-between each chapter. “That way we can calibrate what we want to say.”

Of course, he went off script a couple of times because he realized he wanted to cover new things that weren’t in his outline. “The outline, anyway, is not a rigid path to follow, but a general framework for your thoughts,” he told me.

Fifth, upload your video for transcription.

Now it’s time for the behind-the-scenes work.

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We happen to like Descript (which is a pro-level tool for people who create a lot of content), but you can also use Otter.ai, Rev, or even just have someone on Fiverr do it. Figure it will cost you 10-50 cents a minute up to a dollar a minute for the expensive services. So your 60 minutes of filming might cost you $30 to transcribe.

We needed to cut out the filler words, there were many “ums” and “ahs”, lol.

The good thing about using Descript is that it can automatically cut them out, clean up your sound, eliminate gaps, and so forth.

Conversational language usually looks strange when converted to written text. So Gavin suggested that maybe we can have an editor on Fiverr clean it up, “it costs about $100.”

Also, you could run it through an AI writing tool like Jasper that will retranslate the sentences.

Since I’m paranoid about losing files, I pay $10 a month to iCloud to keep all the photos/videos from my phone backed up, and I pay $10 a month for the same thing from Google and Amazon, too. Plus another $30 a month to Dropbox. I know, I know, but better that than get mad later for losing something important.

Sixth, get a designer to make your book cover.

“We could have the entire book instantly assembled via a tool like Designrr or pay someone on Fiverr $20 to get it done,” I told him.

For more details on how to find the best freelancer, go here. Or just find a few book covers you like and get your designer to mimic those.

Seventh, get your friends to write praise for your book.

Gavin explained that most won’t read the book, but are happy to say nice things about it. Your friends and other connections will do this for you, since you’ll do this for them, just like recommendations of all types.

Eight, publish the book.

Gavin told me “the trend nowadays is to self-publish instead of going to a publisher. The internet makes distribution and promotion easier, plus cheaper and faster.”

You could upload to Amazon, pay for an ISBN, and attempt to be a best-seller in a category you desire. But most of us just want to say we have a book, not try to make money directly selling a book.

Ninth, print and promote the book.

“There are many places where we can print the book,” I told him.

Based on some research, we found out it is safe to say a book has half as many pages as minutes you speak, so a 90 minute video is about 45 pages for a 6×9 paperback. If you add in diagrams, testimonials, pictures, and other bits, it could be more.

“Let’s assume about 5 cents per page black and white. So a 45 page book with a normal paperback binding is about $2 each, which is $4 shipped in the US,” he said.

If you want to write a fiction book, I’m afraid we can’t help you there. But if you’re a service firm or professional, I believe this is a great option for you to consider.

Tenth, now tell all your friends!

Finally, we gave our closer friends and clients the physical version and our “casual/distant” friends the Kindle or ebook version.

You can use the common book promo technique of making it a penny or free on Kindle for a pre-launch and then switching to $7 for paperback at launch. More on this in Chandler Bolt’s book Published.

And if you want to promote your book and snippets on social media, use the Dollar a Day strategy to get the word out.

Well there you have it! Step-by-step. I guess you wouldn’t think it’d be that easy.

Are you ready to publish?

Groucho Marx

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Dasung A4 is a 13.3-inch e-note that can view and edit PDF files

Dasung has just released a new 13.3 inch e-note that is based on the Sony Digital Paper DPT-RP1. The company is running their own software and this device is primarily geared towards viewing and editing PDF files. However, it  can also read ebooks and supports a myriad of formats such as TXT, EPUB, MOBI and tons of others. Unlike the Sony, it comes with a myriad of colors, such as mint, cute pink, sky blue, white and grey.

Read the original article here: https://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/dasung-a4-is-a-13-3-inch-e-note-that-can-view-and-edit-pdf-files

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