Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Is it *REALLY* Reading?

I read a lot. I know, news to you. I am very secretive about my reading.

Here's my questions to you: Is listening to a book on tape or CD "reading" a book?

I don't know. I sometimes catch myself saying I "read" a book that I actually just listened to. I listen to books in the car on the way to and from work all the time. I just don't know if I consider it "reading."

What do you all think? Take my poll over to the right, and leave me a comment too, if you'd like.


Hendel D'bu said...

I like listening to a book on CD, or music on CD, for that matter. But technically I cannot say that it constitutes reading. You still are familiar with the story and the writing style of the author, but it's not reading unless you look at the words with your eyes, understand their meaning and have to turn pages.

Pretty literal, huh?

Kristin aka kjnohr aka Trekkie Gal said...

Different parts of your brain are working when you are reading and when you are listening. So while you understand the story when you listen to it, your brain doesn't process or remember it in the same way.

Niki said...

Sorry, i don't think it counts as reading. But it still counts towards experiencing the book. If i listened to books, which i don't, and i kept a commonplace book, which i do, i would have a seperate list for books read and books listened to.