Thursday, May 29, 2008

BTT - What Is Reading, Fundamentally?

This week's Booking Through Thursday question is:

Suggested by: Thisisnotabookclub

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.

Reading is being able to recognize letters of the alphabet and their appropriate sounds to make words and to get information from the message.

I have friends that say that they don't read. Well, of course I understand that they don't read for the pleasure of it, but they read signs, labels, and such.

Reading for leisure or pleasure (for me) anythings game. I prefer novels, but I occasionally I listen to audiobooks. I'm not that big of a fan of the e-book format, but truth be told I really haven't given it a fair chance. As a child and teenager I used to read comics, and sometimes I still browse through them.


John (@bookdreamer) said...

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

Anonymous said...

Your right. Most people read something everyday. I just think people who don't read more than they are required to get by are truly missing out.