Reading Patterns Changing — Beijing Review

April 23 was the 16th World Book and Copyright Day, also known as the World Book Day. Reading-related problems have once again attracted people’s attention. Today, living a life with an increasingly rapid pace, most people are occupied by work, household duties, surfing the Internet and other activities. How can they manage to read? How is increasingly popular electronic reading changing people’s reading habits? When people are gradually inclined to read for practical use, how can they keep on reading for their interest?

Who’s reading?

Before the World Book Day, a survey conducted by Guangming Daily showed readers in China are not limited to intellectual and student groups any longer. Readers now cover people of different occupations and age groups. Their reading aims are different, but are often closely related to their own lives.

College and middle school students are still the main force of readers. Books they prefer are of two types: Chinese and foreign classics, and study-related ones. Guo Dong, a freshman at Renmin University of China, says every day he spends at least two hours reading. “I choose to read books related to my study to broaden my knowledge. I also read famous literature, both Chinese and foreign to improve my taste.”

For most adults, work-related books and books about health and lifestyle are first choices.

Li Guosheng, who works as a physics teacher in Shuangliu Middle School in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, said he would set aside one or two hours every day to read books after teaching.

“At present, I am reading books on how to be a good teacher. These books both help me to improve my teaching skills and give me relaxation,” Li said.

Han Xue, an office worker in east China’s Shandong Province, said, “I am both a clerk and an editor for the company’s publications, so I need to read lots of professional books. For example, books on news writing, editing, and photography. And, as a parent, I also need to read books about parenting and those related to health.”

Retirees compose another major group of readers. They like choosing books freely according to their interest.

Qu Xian’en, a Beijing citizen, is a retired teacher. He says there is nothing happier than reading. “I have been reading for more than 40 years. I read history to learn about China’s past and read biographies to learn about the lives of masters. From books I can understand the joys of life.”

Liu Bin, a retired former official of the Central Government, said, “Before my retirement, I seldom had time for reading. Now, I would like to read history books and books about culture, art and calligraphy.”

Full Story:Reading Patterns Changing — Beijing Review.

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