What is reading, anyway? Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audio books — which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them? What are your personal qualifications for something to be “reading” — why? If something isn’t reading, why not? Does it matter? Does it impact your desire to ample a source if you find out a premise you liked the sound of is in a format you don’t consider to be reading? Share your personal definition of reading, and how you came to have that stance.
Reading is reading, even e-books and audio books. Whatever it takes for someone to enjoy a well written story is good enough for me. Kids (and even adults) today are bombarded with things like Nintendo DS, PSP, Wii, and other forms of easy, mindless entertainment. If they need to read manga, comic books, or listen to an audio book to become interested in stories then fine. Also, people who have poor eyesight should not be excluded from the reading world just because they cannot read with their eyes.
I was tempted to begin reading graphic novels for a challenge this year because I've never read one and some of my favorite authors write graphic novels. Then I saw how much they cost and couldn't justify spending that much on a "picture book". So, I suppose I judge them to be an inferior form of reading, but either way, I'd still consider them reading too.