[Ads-l] Retronym: to eye-read

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Thu Nov 5 21:25:56 UTC 2015

I hang out on a forum sometimes where people mention what books they are reading. One member just posted (spelling etc. not corrected by me):

> I eye-read “After You” by Jojo Moyes - and oh what a disappointment after loving “Me After You.” So glad I got the book from the library and didn’t waste an audible credit on it.

The reference to Audible should make it clear that eye-reading is meant in contrast to listening to an audiobook. As this is a group of knitters primarily (rather than, say, a book club), audiobooks are probably more common in the mentions of recent books read, given that most combine knitting with the enjoyment of spoken-word entertainment. 

And this is while there’s still controversy in other quarters whether listening to an audiobook qualifies as reading…


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