The importance of book reading
The importance of book reading
When you hear the word book, images of books come to mind: stacks of books, blank pages, beautiful bindings. But in reality, reading is much more than that. With the increasing number of devices available to read on (e-readers and e-books), there’s also been an explosion of what we call “digital literature”—books that are now accessible digitally. This covers a range of niches, from children’s literature to philosophy texts. In this article, we explore the value of reading as a healthy activity, digital and print versions of books, and ways to get started on the path towards better reading habits.
What is reading?
Reading, in its purest form, means “the mode of mental reception of texts, with attention paid to the details of reading and the written material, and the experience of reading itself.” The theory of reading is that of an Author, a Text, and a Reader. It has its origins in the work of ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who in his discussion of “the manner of interpretation” refers to the “way readers experience reading.” Reading has been practiced and vigorously debated in different forms and for different audiences for millennia. The main points of medieval Protestantism and modern psychiatric theory of reading remain relevant—that is, to read for the “right” time, in the “right” place, and “for the right” reason, and that there is no such thing as “wrong” reading.
Digital books use the same digital tricks that printed books use, so there are no optical filters, paper rolls, or ink jets involved in digital books. Instead, digital books use the Internet, which is connected to the Internet protocol (IP) stack running on computers worldwide. This network of computers allows books to be shared, read, and changed between devices without having to leave the house. A good number of books can be shared online without any need to physically move the reader to another computer. This can be immensely helpful in a field where each device requires its own network. This means that a reader can save their reading on their computer and send it to a remote device without having to take the book anywhere else. Worse yet, the reader can take the book with them when they go on a plane, train, or boat trip and be able to read it in any language they choose without having to know anyone’s language.
Easy reading habits
Regularly reviewing your reading is a good way to stay on top of the latest reading trends and to identify areas of improvement. Read from left to right, not from right to left. Why the change? Because the meaning of the text is more significant in the first than in the last page. Why the change? Because reading is often an emotional experience, and the words in one reading might seem almost meaningless to another. The circle of meaning is important, but the words themselves are what make a book “readable.”
Digital book reading
A great way to get started reading digital books is to search for free samples online. There are many digital bookstores with free samples and books from various authors. You can also look in the internet’s best sellers list to see what’s coming up next. This means that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to start engaging with digital books. In fact, the more common your reading is, the less expensive digital books will usually be. It’s important to note that most of these books are free but subscription services are becoming more common. You should probably stick to this list if you want to pick up a few classics along the way. Most digital books are expand-able, meaning that you can change the text, format, and image format at will. So, if you like history books and you want to mark up the photos so that they look like paintings, you can create a free digital book with that in mind. What’s also great is that most digital books come with a guide or introduction that tells you how to use the features and functions of your device. You can use these documents as a starting point to create a custom book.
How to get started with reading
The first thing to remember about reading is that it is different for everyone. For people who like to read, there will be challenges, frustrations, and rewards. For others, it will be easier than ever to start reading. For everyone else, it may take a while before they figure out what they like and don’t like. It’s better to try new things and see how they react to your personal reading style than to give up and try reading whatever someone is always asking for.
Reading should be a family-friendly activity. You should know how to read comfortably in a variety of situations and you should be able to read from memory. There are a few things you can do to make reading enjoyable for yourself and your family. Start by sharing your reading with a trustedim, reading a book together and talking about how you’re reading it and what you like and don’t like. Next, try reading a few pages of your favorite books and then switching to a different book until you’ve read at least a couple of pages. Next, try reading a book together whenever you’re together and, if you like, watch a movie or two. Finally, go to a store and pick up a book and surprise your family and friends with a new read!