Unskilled reading

Many people think that reading requires concentration, but there are very few completely quiet external environments. We can only hope that our concentration will make us forget the noise around us. Audible books even allow and even encourage readers to use one mind for two purposes: listening to books while doing other things. Some colleagues listened to mystery novel while running, while others listened to “History of Western Philosophy” while cleaning.
Many people are developing electronic tools related to reading. For example, there is an application that can prevent people from calling while reading and send out a voice to remind readers to come back to read. There is also a pedometer that can push a piece of literature related to a place when you walk to it. There are also plans to develop audio-visual books to enhance or enrich people’s reading experience and add notes, pictures and background music to the text. Some people may think that these things make reading less and less pure, but American scholar Leah Prius said that reading has never been pure. It can be understood that reading is a part of life, not higher than life. Reading in the library is reading, reading at the dining table and before going to bed is also reading.
Young people who do not like to buy books also listen to audio books. The Guardian said the UK’s audio book market grew to 69 million pounds in 2018, up 43% from the previous year. In the United States, audio book downloads bring in nearly $1 billion a year. American writer bill Blethen wrote a book about human body. When he was making the audio version of the book, he would encounter medical terms that he could not read, but he enjoyed reading his own book because “writing is really a bit lonely, recording can let me out. When I got up to make a cup of tea, I was surrounded by people. ” Professional dubbing experts said that the recording was very tiring, and it was necessary to sit still all the way to ensure that there was no noise-clothes and chairs would make noise when people moved. When there is no tablet computer, reading books will also make noise. At the end of the day when you write audio books, your throat, back, thighs and brain will ache.
Experts believe that audio books and electronic books are not killing reading, but enriching people’s reading media. In 1913 Edison said that books would soon disappear from public schools. In 1966 McLuhan said that books would become antiques like clothes lines, sewing of socks, and work. As early as 1885, a French librarian conceived the idea of an audio book: a machine was installed in the hat, and the sound was transmitted to the ear by wires. This can not only relieve the pressure on eyes, but also enable people to exercise while improving their spiritual cultivation. Women can wash dishes while listening to books. Women who have received higher education will be more willing to do housework. But podcasting shows that video does not kill audio, just as broadcasting does not end reading.
The study found that when reading printed books, people are more focused and want to read, but their understanding of the content and the amount of information they get are no more than when reading electronic books. Lea Prius said that the difference between reading printed books and e-books is like eating with plastic knives and forks in fast food restaurants and eating with silver forks in expensive restaurants. The speed of eating, the conversation and the manner on the table may be different, but it is not because the materials of the tableware used are different. She said: “No matter what medium is used, I believe this experience will not die when immersed in the world of words.”