This is how I read at least one book per month without fail.
At the beginning of the year, I signed up for an Audible membership.
Audible is an audiobook subscription service by Amazon.
For $15 per month, you get one credit per month. You can use a credit to purchase an audiobook and the credits roll over.
One reason I love Audible is that they have the largest selection of audiobooks available. If an audiobook was created, chances are Audible has it.
I read and listen to mostly nonfiction books. They typically range from 3 hours to 12 hours in length.
Here’s my book reading (or rather, book consuming) process:
- Keep a list on my phone of books I would like to read
- Purchase a book from my list using an Audible credit
- Listen to the book over the course of a few weeks
- Repeat the next month
Let’s dig into step 3, which is where you might get stuck.
How do I find time to listen to a 3–12 hour audiobook each month?
Well, I go for two 15-minute walks each day at work, which is when I listen to my audiobooks.
I listen to them on 1.25x speed, which is a nice feature of the Audible app. I don’t notice a drop in quality when I do this.
30 minutes per day means I can get through a typical audiobook in anywhere from one to five weeks.
Even the longer ones take me four to five weeks to finish, which is just in time for me to purchase the next one with my new monthly credit.
You don’t have to listen to audiobooks while you walk or exercise, though.
You can also listen to them while you’re driving, riding the subway, or doing chores around the house. I’m sure anyone can somehow find 30 minutes a day of listening time.
Using this system, I’ve listened to six audiobooks so far this year:
- Abundance by Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- Rich20Something by Daniel DiPiazza
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
These are some incredible books and I’ve learned a ton so far. It’s well worth the $180 per year investment.
I also would never have made it through this many books if I had tried to actually read them all.
I can’t read and drive at the same time or read and walk at the same time. When I try to read at night, I usually fall asleep within a couple of pages.
The subscription service also kind of forces you to consume more books, in a way.
Since you are paying $15 a month whether you buy books or not, you feel like you need to get through at least one book per month or you’re wasting your money.
For these reasons, I highly recommend subscribing to Audible and developing your own book listening system.
How many books have you read this year? Hit reply and let me know.