Maybe it had something to do with my being paid to read, as a self-employed copyeditor, I thought. You know—after reading all day long at work, who feels like spare-time reading? Or maybe it had something to do with my having school-age children at home. They take up a lot of my time.
But then today, on one of the editorial e-mail lists that I subscribe to, we began discussing what materials we pay subscriptions for and what materials we read for free, and why. Here's my list.
- ADDitude—magazine about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); print subscription; because I live in the House of ADHD
- Attitude!—magazine about ADHD, produced by CHADD; print subscription; because I live in the House of ADHD
- Copy Editor—newsletter; print subscription; because I'm an editor
- Lancet—medical journal; online subscription only; because I'm a medical editor
- Mothering—magazine; print subscription; because I'm a parent; dropped this only within last year or so
- New York Times—newspaper; online subscription only; for the news and features
- Newsweek—weekly news magazine; print subscription since I was in college in the late '70s; for news analysis
- Science Editor—professional journal, produced by the Council of Science Editors; print subscription; because I'm a medical editor and a member of the CSE
Free subscriptions/reading addictions:
- 69 blogs—I'm a fast skimmer; because they're funny, personal, newsy, political, or focus on issues I'm interested in
- MSNBC—news organization; online only; for the news
- PublishersLunch—daily e-mail newsletter; because I'm an editor
- PW Daily (Publishers Weekly's daily e-mail newsletter; because I'm an editor
No wonder I never read novels anymore! I don't have time to because I read too much!
What do you read?
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