Reader can mean:
* a reader: a person who is reading a text.

* A family name:
** Colin Reader, English geologist
** Eddi Reader, Scottish singer
** Francis Reader (born 1965) , Scottish musician
** Ralph Reader (1903-1982), British director and producer, famous for originating the Gang Show in Scouting
** Ted Reader, a well renowned Canadian chef

* A person whose job or role is to read:
** A publisher's reader, also called a "first reader"
** Historically, a person who entertained cigar factory workers by reading books or newspapers aloud, also known as a "lector"; see cigar manufacture
**Reader (liturgy), someone charged with reading Scripture in church (also called a Lector)
**Reader (Christian Science Church), a person who conducts services in a Christian Science church, also called a "First Reader" or "Second Reader"
**Reader (Anglican Church)
**Reader (academic rank), the British academic rank between senior (or principal) lecturer and professor

*A place:
** Reader, Arkansas
** Reader, Illinois
** Reader, West Virginia

*Various newspapers and magazines, including:
**"The Chicago Reader", a newsweekly
**"Los Angeles Reader", a weekly paper, now defunct
**"High Plains Reader", an independent weekly tabloid
** "The Reader (Omaha weekly)", an alternative weekly newspaper in Omaha, Nebraska
** "The Reader (magazine)", a literary quarterly published by the University of Liverpool
** "The San Diego Reader", a weekly newspaper in San Diego, California
**"The Weekly Reader", an educational magazine for children
**"Utne Reader", a periodical

*In computing/technology, devices or programs such as:
**Adobe Reader
**Google Reader
**Microsoft Reader
**Sony Reader
**The e-Reader, by Nintendo
**Bible Reader for Palm
**screen reader

Other meanings:

*Reader-response criticism, a primarily German and American literary theory
*"The Reader", a novel by Bernhard Schlink
*A basal reader, a textbook used in reading education:
**McGuffey Readers, examples of these
*An anthology: a book of different pieces of writing, often by many authors, for example:
**"Uncle John's Bathroom Reader"
*Plate reader (or microplate reader), a laboratory instrument

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