Are we users or readers? Is thinking of users too dehumanizing for the work we do? Why are words so hard?
I consider myself a reader, also if the book consists of mainly pictures.
The title 'Book users' immediately made me think of people altering the books while they read them (underlining, dog earing, using books to make other objects out of them).
I've just shared this with another PhD student in my office, who's thinking about engagement with memory texts! As I work on drama, I usually default to thinking about a reading "audience" but I really like your points about "using" texts, and what this means for different types of printed works. Thank you!
Handlers or wrasslers? I like the idea of the book as a troublesome diva that needs handling or wrangling. Also, Handlyng Synne.