1 A title conferred in universities and some other institutions of higher education to acknowledge a lecturer's academic standing. In terms of seniority and status it sits between the grade of senior lecturer and the position of professor. The bearer's full title identifies their specialist field; for example, reader in education.
2 A textbook containing extracts of the work of one author, or of several authors on a common subject or theme. The purpose of such a volume is to provide an overview of a subject or of an author's works as an introduction for students or for a general readership.
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