How do you read books

How do you read?

How do we actually read?

The What is rolled out long and broad, content is sometimes discussed so intensely that the act of reading itself is completely lost. In the features section, on blogs and in magazines, books are praised and torn apart, stories and backgrounds are analyzed, but how a critic or frequent reader works, i.e. reads, is given far too little focus. Of course it is written that you have not read some books to the end, but who you say have been read from front to back or initially only the first and last sentence? Was it marked, painted, kinked or leafed through with white gauze gloves [please see Holger's first comment below and my answer]?

In future, 54books will feature interviews at regular irregular intervals in which critics, authors and publishing staff, bloggers, frequent readers and booksellers will have their say. There will be ten questions that will be answered short or long, serious or funny, all in all according to personal taste. This is not about individual content, but rather the technique of working out a book - the act of reading viewed from the outside.

  1. Do you skip individual passages - even chapters - or do you read a book, if it is completely?
  2. Do you cheat and jump forward to find out the end faster?
  3. Do you use bookmarks (always the same / different?) Or do you put a book openly on your nose?
  4. Do you read paperbacks on one side, like a magazine, by completely folding down the cover?
  5. Do you prefer to read short or long chapters?
  6. Do you mark? With a pencil, marker, sticky note, simply fold the corresponding page or do you prefer to write out places?
  7. Do you look through older readings again for marked passages?
  8. Which is the (non-scientific) book in which you marked the most?
  9. Your favorite marked spot:
  10. Do you use an eReader? As a supplement to the printed matter - exclusively - not at all?

Do you think that you should also have your say? Then write an email to 54books.

As a lawyer, Tilman advises publishers, authors and other creative people on copyright and media law. As a blogger, he has made a name for himself in both literary criticism and mediation in the industry. Lawyer Winterling is also a member of the jury (including Hamburg Literature Awards) and moderator of readings, as well as being a sought-after interview partner (including Deutschlandfunk, Radio Eins) when it comes to reporting on legal topics and blogging in an understandable and entertaining manner.