A Crucial Luxury
I just got off the EPL site (Edmonton Public Library) where I browse for my reading material. I am so glad to see that there is a good selection of audio literature available to the people that have vision deficiencies. Just fifteen years ago, I could not fathom the importance of audio books. Today I cannot fathom life without them! In my memoir book, I called them a "Crucial Indulgence"! That is what they are - Crucial - to those of us who have lost the luxury of simply picking up a book and enjoying the message within. There are many of us that just cannot do that anymore. Audio books are our lifeline! When your eyesight is undiminished, you can navigate those tiny cell phones and all the information of that tiny microcomputer that puts the knowledge of the world at your fingertips. Not so for us that are sight handicapped.
There are many authors that do not do audio books and that is a pity. From personal experience, I know that I am limited to the rather few authors that do audio books. I am so grateful that there are a good number of very good authors that do cater to us. However, I am certain there are many good authors whose books I will never enjoy simply because I cannot read a book. My very own books are only in the printed word so far, though it is still my dream that I can somehow eventually get them onto audio, simply because I I feel I owe it to my similarly afflicted readers.
Therefore I say to those that still have the gift of good eyesight --- Cherish it!!! It can be gone tomorrow , no warning, no reason, no reversal! Believe me, I know. It happened to me.