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A Blog Conversation about the Different Types of Readers . . .

Our last discussion—about book promotion—ended with the post on June 29th… Types of readers

And, the first thing I feel I should say about this new conversation is that I suspect there are just as many different kinds of readers as there are, and have been, and will be human beings…

All humans have a unique personality and soul; so, shouldn’t each one be a unique reader…?



We seem to be able to classify humans in many other categories without needing a different category for each human…

So, John and Sue both look the same, to most folks, when they shoot a basketball—they have the “same” shooting style—they’re in the same category, right?

If not, we’d loose a valuable way of ordering things…

And, even if John and Sue can be put in the same category, we can still notice subtle differences in their shooting styles; yet, we can generally agree they’re in the same category; though, they’re in different subdivisions of that category…

Perhaps it works the same way with types of readers; but, with more possibility of varying subdivisions…?

If there’s a scholar of types of readers out there, please prove me wrong in the comments :-)

I just glanced at Google and there are separate articles on the 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13 different types of readers…

But, even though I encourage all of you to create as many kinds of readers as you want (and, talk about them in the comments...), I’ll share the 9 Types of Readers You Definitely Know, to help you warm up your own particular Differentiation Function

By the way, the words “You Definitely Know” could well be a come on to get clicks…

Check out that last link to read descriptions of these 9 types:

The “Weekend Warrior” Reader


The Obsessive Author-Specific Bibliophile

The Tentative Reader

The Intellect

The Snobby Reader

The “Goes to Book Club for Wine and Conversation” Reader

The Shy Reader

The Lifelong Book Lover

And, as a partial proof of my earlier contention that there are an infinite number of categories, you could profitably pair-up any of those 9 types and create yet more valid varieties of readers…

How about the Snobby/Tentative type…


If enough folks add their comments to this conversation, we just might be able to create our own listing of types of readers, eh?

Finally, a reminder that you can always leave a comment that express your desire for new topics to discuss (in the realms of Reading, Writing, and Publishing)…
If you don’t see a way to comment, try the link at the upper right of this post…

For Private Comments or Questions, Email: amzolt {at} gmail {dot} com

5 responses to “A Blog Conversation about the Different Types of Readers . . .

  1. Jane Watson July 3, 2018 at 7:15 am

    As far as I am concerned there is only one type of reader – a human being who picks up a book, trains their eyes on the page, recognises the marks on the page as letters, which make up words, which they miraculously understand – this miracle is probably due the attention of a good teacher who taught the lucky reader how to decipher these mysterious marks in elementary school. A person who does not do this is a non-reader and they need the help of a good and caring teacher also :-)

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai July 3, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Whoa, Jane! Amazing comment!!

    And, thank you for letting the conversation continue :-)

    Liked by 1 person

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