Purposes of reading as follows, 1. Gaining knowledge. There is written material on a bazillion topics and reading is much faster than listening (even if you could find an expert to listen to). 2. Gaining perspective, which itself has at least two sub-types: a. If I read multiple non-fiction books or articles on the same subject, each will have a different perspective; no one knows everything about anything and, even if they did, different authors will emphasize different things b. If I read fiction, I learn to take the perspective of the different characters 3. Escape. 4. Amusement 5. Pure enjoyment at the glory of language.