Blog June 2013 – Day 11 – Different forms for different reading

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?




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    • Peta on June 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    That’s why I like Send to Kindle. It “prints” the document to my Kindle account for later reading on various devices.

    • Jackie on June 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    – one novel, for home reading. Like you, mostly at night, pre-bed (though there are the times that pre-bed can be something like five hours with a good book). 2-3 a week.
    – one nonfiction paper book, to read at work in my lunch hour. It usually takes me weeks to finish one as I get caught up chatting with colleagues.
    – random professional reading (blogs etc) either on the laptop or my phone.
    – I have a Kindle that mostly gets used for travel, and I tend to put longer form professional reading on it too (conference papers mostly).

  1. Nice!

  2. Thanks for the comment Jackie and the reassurance. Its nice to know I’m not the only one. 🙂

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