I read for pleasure and I read for work and sometimes it is both.
I have very established reading patterns as well, something that I hadn’t really thought about until the other day.
When I read for my profession, it tends to be articles, blog posts, and the like. And I read them from paper. I print them out to read. And then I read them in specific locations. I read them whilst waiting for my kids to finish after-school activities and I read them whilst taking care of other business, at home, in the privacy (with kids, ha ha) of my bathroom.
I read print books. But those are overwhelmingly fiction and are read overwhelmingly in bed before I go to sleep. Sometimes on my bed at other times (though those times are rare) and very rarely sitting in any form of chair. Even more rarely whilst I am waiting for my children to finish out of school activities etc.
I also read fan-fiction but that is predominantly on my desktop computer – nice big screen, read on the web, no downloading or file transfers required.
I have also started reading e-books. But I am doing that at the moment on my e-reader at work during my lunch break only.
So why the dramatic differences in reading locations and content? Don’t know really, except that:
- I can’t be bothered with uploading a whole bunch of articles to my e-reader – I tend to want to deal with them at the time I see them (eg. print), rather than saving them up for a bulk upload
- They are ideal to read when I am unsure of continuity of reading time – eg. kids activities or bathroom
- When I am going to sleep I like continuity and something that will relax me – hence the fiction – its also a comfortable position to read in
- I have too much fiction in print to be thinking about reading e in bed at present
- Lunchtime at work gives me time and space to stretch my e-reading muscles and get used to the device
Once I run out of print fiction to read, I’m sure I’ll give the e-reader a workout in bed and I definitely plan to load it up for travel, but in that case, will probably add longer professional reading as well.
So if I am as quirky as this and I am a librarian – how diverse are our library users’s reading habits?
Are your reading habits as diverse as mine?