Friday, May 30, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: What is Reading, Fundamentally?

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.
(Two weeks late for Reading is Fundamental week, but, well…)
I think any of those mentioned above would be considered reading. I'm not a huge comic book fan, or graphic novel for that matter, but you still have to read the story. I don't have any personal qualifications for "reading". If it has words, and you have to read them, then you are reading. That being said, I also consider audio books reading. I would much rather know somebody is listening to an audio book while driving than reading an actual paper book! lol!
I like audio books myself, I just don't have the opportunity to listen to them very often.


John's comments said...

Interesting reflection on the medium of reading, I reflected on what reading was

Literary Feline said...

I admit that sometimes you can catch me reading at a stoplight when it's red. I do it very rarely though. :-)