This week's BTT:
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?
I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week - which I am sure will make a nice change. I define the act of reading as anything written down! Newspapers, magazines, comics, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, letters, etc, etc, etc!
I don't count audiobooks or radio plays as reading. Not sure why. I only listen to these on the beach or when driving. I'd much rather read the words myself than listen to someone else and I am always worried I'll fall asleep if I listened in bed and lose my place!
I've not tried a "proper" e-reader but I do have several free books saved onto my computer in a pdf or word format and I've never managed to muster up the energy to read even one of them. I'm not sure if that says something about whether I prefer to enjoy the act of reading in a paper format or just that I've not given the alternative a chance. I have no objection to reading articles/newspapers/short stories online so maybe it's the latter. Although, on reflection, I can't imagine snuggling up in bed with an e-reader in the same way that I would with a book!