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Is there a difference as regards “reading” and “listening” to a book?

I was somewhat taken back when, several weeks ago, I heard an item on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme concerning reading. This short piece (which I have, unfortunately been unable to find online), consisted of a series of viewpoints as to what constitutes reading and, in particular whether listening to audio books can be construed as reading in the true sense of the word. One listener expressed the view that listening to audio books was not reading, and that anyone who said that they had read a book (when they had, in fact listened to it being read) was “lieing”. Now “lieing” is a very strong word and to my mind was misused by the person who employed it here.

There is, of course a difference (technically speaking) between reading and listening to a book and one may enter into a debate as to whether someone listening to a book has the same experience as the person who turns pages and absorbs the book in print or ebook format.

I, personally feel that there is something very special about handling and reading a book. I also find that my mind is more inclined to wander when listening to (rather than physically turning the pages of) a book. I will sometimes go into the kitchen to make a cup of tea while listening, miss a short segment and not go back as (in my view) I haven’t missed anything of significance. In contrast I will put a physical book down, go and make my tea and return to the bookmarked page ensuring that I have missed nothing of the plot.

Having said the above, I am a huge fan of audio books and believe that to listen to a well narrated book is, in effect to read it. So while the person who described those who say they have “read” a book (when, in fact they have listened to it being read), is technically correct. He is, in point of fact splitting hairs as to concentrate on a book being read is, to all intents and purposes to read it.

So far as my own books are concerned, I must confess that I like the idea of people possessing a physical copy of my work. I see it sitting amongst other books and the feeling of my book being enjoyed, then going to join a library of much loved books to be re-read at a later stage gives me pleasure. I am, however delighted that my latest collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” is available in paperback, Kindle and audio formats. Ultimately what matters is that my readers enjoy my work in the format that is most convenient/best suited to their needs and I certainly wouldn’t quibble where a reader to inform me that she had “read” my book when, in fact she had listened to the excellent audio narration of Alex Lee.

As ever, I would welcome the views of my readers. Do you feel that there is a difference between reading and listening to a book? And, if so in what lies that difference?

(For links to all of my books, including the print, Kindle and audio versions of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” please visit my “About” page, https://newauthoronline.com/about/).


Results of the competition to win an audio download of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” by K Morris

Further to the announcement of the competition to win an audio download of my book “The Writer’s Pen and Other poems, which closed at 5 pm on Friday 7 December, I am delighted to announce that Zoe, of Zurkpoetry (https://zurkpoetry.wordpress.com) has woon a copy of my book. Many congratulations to Zoe!

To listen to a free sample of “The Writer’s Pen”, or to purchase the audio book please visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KPPG98M/.

How to request that your book is added to the catalogue of theUnited Kingdom’s National Poetry Library

If you are a UK-based poet, did you know that you can ask the National Poetry Library to consider adding your works to their catalogue. To find out how to request that the Library consider adding your work, please see below.

Having published “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, on 3 September 2018, contacting The National Poetry Library is on my list of things to do. (You can find “The Writer’s Pen” here, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV.

“My poetry book is published. How do I make sure the library has a copy?

Firstly check our catalogue to make sure we don’t already have a copy.

If it’s not there, please bear in mind that we receive 200-300 new items every month and are unable to accept everything that is sent for the collection.

The Acquisitions Panel meet regularly to consider submissions.

For your book to be considered, please send in a copy including a return address; the librarians will consider it and respond to you.

Please send one book at a time. We have standing orders with most of the UK poetry publishers.

If you are a new publisher who would like to submit your books please get in touch.

We are primarily concerned with collecting UK and Irish publications so please contact us before sending publications from overseas.

Please get in touch”.

FAQ:  https://www.nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk/visit/faqs.


Competition to win a free audio download of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”

To celebrate the release of the audio edition of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, on 29 November, (www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Writers-Pen-and-Other-Poems-Audiobook/B07KPPQ2K2), I am offering 2 free copies of the audio edition to readers who are based in the United Kingdom. I hope to run a similar offer for readers elsewhere in the near future.


The rules:


  1. There are 2 free audio downloads of “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” available to readers based in the UK.
  2. The first 2 people to email me with the correct answer to the question posed at the end of this post will receive a promotional code enabling them to download my book free from audible.co.uk.
  3. Emails should be sent to newauthoronline (at) gmail dot com with the subject line “competition to win an audio download of The Writer’s Pen”. Please note, the email address is rendered thus to defeat spammers!
  4. Please do not provide the answer in the comments section at the foot of this post, as other readers will be able to read it!
  5. The competition closes at 5 pm (UK time) on Friday 7th December 2018.


The question:


Who wrote the poem which begins, “You are old Father William, the young man said”.


“The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” is now available as an audio download

I am delighted to announce that my book, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems” is now available, as an audio download. To listen to a free sample, or to purchase the audio edition of “The Writer’s Pen” please visit the following links:


Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KPPG98M/.

Amazon.com – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KPN8LT3/

Audible UK – https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Writers-Pen-and-Other-Poems-Audiobook/B07KPPQ2K2?qid=1543492108&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=097Y5Q5ACK69HF24NP3B&

Audible.com – https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Writers-Pen-and-Other-Poems-Audiobook/B07KPN5FCH?qid=1543492267&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=K1847HTE9SJHWH1JH6TE&


“The Writer’s Pen” is also available in both Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon UK and amazon.com, and can be found here:


https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ (Kindle edition)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1730814883/ (paperback edition).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ (Kindle edition)

and https://www.amazon.com/dp/1730814883/ (paperback edition).




Book Promotions

My books ‘Samantha’ and ‘The Suspect and other tales’ are both available for free on the Kindle store.

SAMANTHA“Samantha tells a story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool. Can Sam’s love for Peter, a man she meets in a nightclub, save her? Or will Sam end her life in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock?”

‘Samantha’ will be available from November 9th – 13th. To read ‘Samantha’, please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

THE SUSPECT AND OTHER TALES“Tales of the unexpected, ranging from stories of crime and vengeance through to ghostly happenings in an ancient mansion.”

‘The Suspect and other tales’ will be available from November 14th – 18th. To read ‘The Suspect and other tales’ please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

My book ‘The Writers Pen and other poems’ is also available in Paperback. Please visit here for the UK and here for the US. For the Kindle version please visit here for the UK and here for the US.

THE WRITERS PEN AND OTHER POEMS“A collection of 44 poems encompassing the passing of the years, nature, man’s place in the world and politics.”



Feedback on my collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”

I was delighted to receive the below feedback for my collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, from Alex Lee, who has produced the audio version of the book, (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/),

“We have just sent you an MP3 file of the fully produced poems for your approval. They are wonderful poems and Mark, not normally a fan of poetry loved them as he was editing and mastering the tracks, as do I. You have a great gift”.

(The audio edition of “The Writer’s Pen” will, I hope be available in November 2018. For the Kindle edition please follow the above link).