You know what Nietzsche said: "If you stare long enough at the letters, the letters stare back at you."
Ahem... you are aware of the fact that Nietzsche died in a loonie asylum, aren't you?
Sorry about the late reply - I only just discovered the thread.
I learned how to read at the age of 3 and ever since nothing in print has been safe from me. When I was at primary school I used to wake up in the night and I would always sneak to my dad's office and read the 12 volume lexicon
You may know the effect from Wikipedia: you look something up, find an interesting keyword, follow that to a different article which leads you to a third and so you get from meatballs to streetcars.
My eyes aren't that good anymore and I appreciate this new invention of ebook readers that allow me to enlargen the print. Also, in digital form books take up so much less space. Plus I can easliy edit out typos and bad grammar =) (the noble custom of proof reading appears to have been abolished).
I used to read in every spare minute, alas, the older I get, the less time do I find for reading
Recently I started to sell those books I am not interested in anymore but I still have half a moving van of book crates.