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How We Read NowStrategic Choices for Print, Screen, and Audio$
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Naomi S. Baron

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190084097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190084097.001.0001

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Strategizing Reading in a Digital World

Strategizing Reading in a Digital World

(p.201) Chapter 9 Strategizing Reading in a Digital World
How We Read Now

Naomi S. Baron

Oxford University Press

Chapter 9 considers how reading practices are embedded in broader societal trends, especially those involving digital technology. One important development is a move from the durable to the ephemeral. This transformation is reflected in progressively choosing experiences over possessions. It also surfaces in acquiring digital over physical versions of possessions, even though users judge the physical as more valuable. Growing use of digital technologies may be leading readers using print to adopt the mindset typically associated with reading digitally. We have seen from the research that digital reading is often shallow and done quickly, frequently while multitasking. Is this the fate of print reading as well? Already some readers report print reading is boring, compared with the potential entertainment opportunities with digital. The chapter closes with suggestions for both print and digital reading in a digital world, including Maryanne Wolf’s model of biliteracy.

Keywords:   biliteracy, boring, deep reading, digital mindset, digital technology, durable, entertainment, ephemeral, possessions, speed

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