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.

(Two weeks late for Reading is Fundamental week, but, well…)

I haven’t really thought about that before. But to me reading is reading written words no matter where they are: prose, poetry, subtitles, in a book, on a screen. Comics straddle the line between reading and looking at pictures and I tend to think that comics should have more pictures than words (otherwise, what’s the point?). Listening to an audiobook is just that: “listening”. I’ve noticed that I can’t concentrate all the time to listening as much as I have to concentrate on reading.

However, I don’t consider reading books to be “better” than looking at comics or reading subtitles.

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