Which preposition do I use when I want to say that I read books that help me to get better in my job: about or for? For example:

I like reading books for my work.

I like reading books about my work.

Can both prepositions be used? If so, then would they mean different things? By the way, do I say books for/about my work or book for/about my job?

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    To me, books about my work suggests that you are a writer, scientist etc. whose work is known to the public and has been written about. You could say something like about the kind of work I do. For my work does have the implication to help me with my work. – Kate Bunting Mar 3 at 9:10
  • I might say "I like reading books related to my work." – Weather Vane Mar 3 at 9:43

"I like reading books for my work." doesn't sound like the best usage to me - it implies that the person is an Editor, or proof-reader, or maybe a critic, and therefore reading forms a major part of their job description.

"I like reading books about my work." is also somewhat ambiguous (without any context) as it implies retrospection: "I like reading books about my work."

My suggestion would be: "I like reading books about my profession."

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