What is reading, anyway? Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks — which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them? What are your personal qualifications for something to be “reading” — why?
If something isn’t reading, why not? Does it matter? Does it impact your desire to sample a source if you find out a premise you liked the sound of is in a format you don’t consider to be reading? Share your personal definition of reading, and how you came to have that stance.
(Two weeks late for Reading is Fundamental week, but, well…)
I have to say that my initial thought is that reading is - for me - like breathing. I do it without even thinking about it. I read everything - food boxes, license plates, T-shirts, etc. When I am listening to a book on tape/CD/MP3 player, I picture the characters, settings, and such in my head, but only because I am hearing the words, which is also reading as far as I'm concerned. When I was little, my parents would read to me at bedtime, and it has never occurred to me to think that I haven't actually read those books or stories!
However, having read some of the other responses, and thinking about the question a bit more, I realize that it is also asking if the genre or the format makes a difference to you as far as being "true" reading. In response to that, I would say that, like in everything else, I have preferences, and will go to those when/if possible. And certain types of materials bore me to tears, so unless I actually *have* to read them for some reason, I will avoid them altogether.
Format makes a certain amount of difference, but if push comes to shove, and it's something I really want to read, I'll take when I can get!