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The rise of audiobook snobbery—and what it’s really about

Reading a book—not listening to it—has become its own sort of status symbol

Illustration: Kate Hazell

You can’t talk about reading without talking about snobbery. At some point in the last decade, we decided to abandon most forms of physical media, therefore making a rod for our own backs when it comes to gift-giving (remember when you could just give someone a Monty Python boxset and be done with it? Now your choices are a candle and a skydiving experience) and providing us even…

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