Have you been in that position where you think “I know books are a great source of knowledge, wisdom, and entertainment, but I feel sleepy whenever I try to read books?” Don’t worry because you are not alone and there are many great alternatives to reading books. This article is especially for those who would like to read but still feel like reading is not my thing. If you don’t like reading, it only means you didn’t find the right book for you yet. Read till the end to know about the top 7 alternative ways to read books without actually reading them.

Don’t like to read books:

Trust me, I didn’t born with a liking to read books. I just randomly started reading a book and with that book, my reading habit continued. The one book which changed my attitude towards books motivated to read me further. And once I was into reading, there is no going back. There are many reasons why I liked reading. Some of them are:

  • They can give you immense knowledge of various things.
  • Books can be a great mentor because with a book you are talking with an author who has given you many experiences and wisdom through books.
  • They are good for your brain.

Top 7 alternatives to reading books:     

We all know that. Some of you may have even tried reading books but you just can’t read because you feel reading is not for you. But you still feel guilty about many of the things you miss out on reading. Check out these 7 ways to overcome your guilt and get the information even without reading.

1. Audiobooks:

Don't like to read books?

Audiobooks are a boon to people who don’t like reading but have good listening skills. Some of us during our exam, won’t get it even if we studied a topic for the whole night. But when a friend or someone explains the topic we will understand it well and do well in the exam. But we won’t have friends who can explain a whole book to us because many of us don’t have time. That’s where audiobooks can be a great help.

Advantages of Audiobooks:

  • You can listen to it while doing your other work.
  • There is no need to find a place to sit and read quietly.
  • You can pause it and repeat it until you understand.
  • It will help you to make your conversation and pronunciation better.
  • Doesn’t require much effort and work from your side.

Audiobooks sources you can consider:

  • Audible
  • Google Audiobooks
  • Scribd

2. Podcasts:

Don't like to read books?

Podcasts can also be a great alternative for those who don’t like to read books. They also offer many knowledge and fiction stories in audio format. Listening to a podcast helps you to learn many new things and is a great way to spend your time. There are many types of podcasts that help you to listen to books and book summaries. Some podcasts are telling stories too. Like audiobooks, podcasts also have similar advantages. There are many apps and also varieties of podcasts that you can listen to.

Where can you listen to Podcasts?

  • Spotify
  • Google Podcasts
  • Amazon Music
  • CastBox
  • PodBean

Podcasts for book lovers:

  • Read Learn Live
  • Books and Boba
  • Vintage books
  • Books and authors

Podcasts for fiction lovers:

  • Homecoming
  • Welcome to night vale
  • Myths and legends
  • Night town
  • The Bright’s sessions

3. Book Summary:

Don't like to read books?

Book summaries are a great way to learn the lessons from the books for those who don’t like to read books. Those who don’t like to read books can listen to book summaries to know some of the key lessons from the books. And the good news is these book summaries can be accessed through YouTube itself that too in regional languages.

Many YouTubers post book summaries in regional languages on YouTube. You can watch those videos and sometimes it can also inspire you to read that book. Or else you can also know the core lesson from the book. But, you will only know the book summary, not the whole book.

4. Bookstagram:

There can be people who don’t like to read books, but there can be anyone who doesn’t like to scroll through Instagram. Yes, you can also learn about books and book reviews on Instagram. There are many people today who are regularly posting the lessons they have learned from the book, book reviews, and book recommendations. Instagram can also motivate you to read books or read those book summaries just by scrolling through social media. You can also get the chance to discuss the books in the comment section.

Instagram account for booklovers or those who don’t like to read:

  • Skill reads
  • Half Baked Beans
  • BaeBookish
  • Bookbins

5. Can listen to the story:

Those who like fiction stories can listen to the stories in the books. To help you with this many YouTube channels tell stories about the books. Also, there are many storytelling apps. And you can also try apps which has short stories and try reading that. If you have a friend who is a great reader you can also listen to them.

6. Text to speech:

This is also similar to audiobooks. There are many apps available that can convert books and pdfs into text. If you have access to books but didn’t find time to read them, you can make use of those text-to-speech converters and listen to them while traveling and doing other work.

7. Join a Book Club:

Don't like to read books?

Joining a book club is a great way to know about the lessons and insights of the book. You can also know various people’s views on the book. By joining a book club you are learning the lessons from the book without actually reading it.

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We all brush, bathe, eat and drink daily. When we miss this routine, we won’t feel good. We can’t function properly even if we miss one meal. Reading books is also like that, until you start reading, you will never know what you are missing. If you found this article helpful, comment below which alternative ways you are going to use it for reading.