I love to read and hold physical books but I am also physically disabled since birth. I know that audio books help a lot of handicapped people such as people who don't have hands and arms, people who can't sit still long enough to read a book, people who have dyslexia, people who have mental challenges, people who are blind, etc. I see there are some judges here and I hope they stop judging. I was introduced to audio books by a friend who subscribed to a club that rented out audio books. It was like a mail-order library for audio books. You pay a small fee to rent some audio books then you listen to them and return them when you're done. She was handicapped. She has since died. But audio books are luxuries that handicapped find necessary if they want to read but can't. People who aren't handicapped, I am sure, find them a nice thing to get into too, as they take up less room in the living space, traveling luggage, etc. You can also listen to them the same way you would listen to music on the go. I have a library I built up of physical books. I have a library I built up of music cds. I am sure there are others who have libraries or cd zipped cases that have audio books. To the judges of audio books, don't act like someone listening to a book doesn't matter as much as your reading a book. A blind person can see with their ears when they listen. You can hear with your eyes when you read. They both matter to the individuals.