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.
This seems like a question without an answer.
My first reaction is that if you are sitting with a book in your hand, it is reading. But what about audiobooks or e-books? I'm reading right now: checking blogs in the Google Reader. Is that 'reading'? I didn't think audiobooks were reading until I used one. It's definitely reading. I was processing the words in my head the way I would with a book. Reading the listings off the TV guide is not reading, not to me.
I think it's the mental process used that counts. I have gotten frustrated with my daughter as she learns to read this year. She gets much of the information from the pictures, where I am asking her to 'sound out the words'. I had a discussion with another mom who said that the teachers encourage this, that it's part of the learning process. It's so different from how I learned. I wish we'd get a guide or something at the beginning of the year! So, I guess looking at the pictures is also reading, as she's getting the information she needs to understand the story. I guess that's how graphic novels work as well.
I suppose reading isn't reading unless you can discuss it in some way. "I read this article on MSN..." or "Read the book before you see the movie, it's awesome" or "What do you think he meant when he wrote..." or "Mommy, that's a really hairy spider." You can't really discuss the TV listings!