We shouldn’t regard reading a book as more serious than hearing it out loud.
What we have learned teaching children and adolescents who have print challenges can be an enormous boon to the general population. Audio books are cheap, readily available on numerous sites, and mobile. Check out Amazon.com, Audible.com and what is now called "Immersion Reading" or "seeing" and "hearing" text simultaneously. In the education of dyslexics we have been doing this with assistive technologies since the late 1990s to the everlasting benefit of hundreds of children with print challenges.
Time to let go of 19th and 20th Century attitudes and embrace the oral traditions of our ancestors in the 10th-18th Centuries! Shakespeare did not write plays so we could read them! They were written to be performed--the language to be heard--not read.
"...The ability to read has always been invested with more importance than mere speech. When only a small priestly elite could read, books were sacred mysteries. When more people could read, literacy became a means to move forward in the world. These days, the ability to read is a prerequisite for full participation in the social order.
But for most of human history literature has been spoken out loud. The Iliad and the Odyssey were sung. We think that the Homeric singers of those tales mastered the prodigious mnemonic task presented by those thousands upon thousands of lines of text through an intricate combination of common phrases — rosy-fingered dawn, the wine-dark sea — and nested plots that could be expanded or shortened as the occasion demanded.
Even after narratives were written down, they were more often heard than read. The Roman elites could read, but gatherings at which people recited their poetry were common. And before the modern era, when printing made books widely available and literacy became widespread, reading was an oral act. People read aloud not only to others but also to themselves, and books, as the historian William Graham puts it in “Beyond the Written Word,” were meant for the ears as much, or more so, than for the eyes..."