BTT: What Is Reading, Fundamentally?

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From Booking Through Thursday:

What is reading, anyway? Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks -- which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them? What are your personal qualifications for something to be "reading" -- why? If something isn't reading, why not? Does it matter? Does it impact your desire to sample a source if you find out a premise you liked the sound of is in a format you don't consider to be reading? Share your personal definition of reading, and how you came to have that stance.

Of the formats listed above, I would count everything as reading except audiobooks - that's listening to. Perhaps that's why I don't do it? It is a different experience for different situations, and I find myself very rarely in a situation where I would want to listen to a book (or a podcast, for that matter, I haven't taken to that either). I read novels constantly, comics and graphic novels occasionally, manga rarely, e-books if necessary (rarely for pure reading pleasure, because reading from screen isn't fun).

So yes, if something interesting would be offered as an audiobook, I would skip it. Actually, same goes with e-books - every now and then I see something available that's interesting, but I just won't read it. For example. I had to mooch Cory Doctorow's novels, even though they are available as e-books on his website, for free. So, if I'm honest, in a way I don't count e-books as reading either. Then again, I'm currently reading an e-book on search engine optimization. There I have no options, and I have to read it - it's for work. Thus, I can read an e-book if I have to, but won't do it if I have a choice - and that choice may just as well be to skip the whole book, no matter how interesting it seems.

It's just that I don't find enjoyment from reading e-books and I don't have time or the right situation for audiobooks (and little interest in finding it). Reading from computer screen is not pleasant: the resolution isn't that good and my table is so bad that my legs are hurting as I write this, after I've been sitting here for what, 90 minutes. I do most of my reading in bed and while I can take a laptop to bed, I don't want to.

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