Week 7: How We Read, and Why

Like Kali, I would say that in general I read for pleasure on paper, and for work on screen. This likely has something to do with my perceived association between computers and schoolwork or professional work. There is something about a computer screen that doesn’t let me relax; it screams “responsibilities” and even when I am performing personal computer tasks such as checking email or Facebook, I always wish I were doing something different instead.

This may be why I have tended to stick with reading journal articles for school on screen rather than printing them out. Printed texts, to me, are for pleasure. (While articles can sometimes be pleasurable to read, they are still associated with the “work” category in my mind.) Books read for personal pleasure, however, belong in print, for me at least. I also prefer reading print versions of magazines, simply because I love those glossy pages and the act of flipping through them… On the occasions when I buy books (not too often, but sometimes), they are print versions, and ditto for when I borrow books from the library.

I have yet to borrow an e-book from a library: this is largely due to the fact that I prefer the aesthetics of reading print books, but also partly because physically going to the library is an activity that brings me joy. As an aspiring librarian, I love the library as a physical space, and I get excited to go there, even when it is simply to return a book or pick up a hold. There is something wonderful about that moment when you finish a book and get to choose your next, and the library is often a part of this process for me. As such, I don’t see my preferences regarding reading methods and borrowing books rather than buying them changing anytime soon.


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