[Ads-l] Retronym: to eye-read

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 5 22:50:47 UTC 2015

Following the theme suggested by Chris,. below is a interesting
passage contrasting three types of reading: eye reading, finger
reading, and ear reading.

Date: September 26, 2013
Byline: Decoding Dyslexia OH
Article: What is Reading?

[Begin excerpt]
In The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan, Ben Foss talks about 3 different
types of reading: eye reading, finger reading, and ear reading. Eye
reading is the mainstream form of reading: reading with your eyes,
whether it is via the standard form of print on paper or via a screen,
such as a computer or e-reader. The early years of schooling focus on
teaching this method of reading, which works great for the majority of
the population. But what about people with print disabilities? People
that are blind learn to read Braille, although I suspect with where
technology is today, that it is becoming more commonplace to use
technology to have something read aloud than to read Braille. People
that read using Braille, or finger reading as Ben calls it, are not
any less intelligent than those that read with their eyes. If people
that are blind happen to substitute technology, such as services like
Learning Ally and Bookshare, to read aloud to them instead of reading
Braille, is it no longer considered reading?
[End excerpt]


On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 4:25 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:
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> 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 =93After You=94 by Jojo Moyes - and oh what a =
> disappointment after loving =93Me After You.=94 So glad I got the book =
> from the library and didn=92t 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.=20
> And this is while there=92s still controversy in other quarters whether =
> listening to an audiobook qualifies as reading=85
> Chris
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