Benefits of reading a book
When Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” Buffett takes this habit to the extreme — he read between 600 and 1000 pages per day when he was beginning his investing career, and still devotes about 80 percent of each day to reading.
Other than building up knowledge, reading indeed has many other benefits.
– Reading boosts brain power. Reading regularly improves memory function by giving your brain a complete work out and can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease.
– Research suggests that reading can work as a serious stress-buster.
– A book can be a good companion when you are alone and helps to kill boredom.
Where to buy books online?
Bookdepository is a UK based online bookstore that provides free worldwide shipping. It was acquired by Amazon in Year 2011. I have personally bought several books from them. Amazon also has millions of titles of books for you to choose from. You can check out the Bestsellers list on Amazon and choose books with many five stars reviews. You cannot go wrong with these books since many other people are buying them to read.
If you are not keen in book collection, you can consider selling your old books to Amazon for a few bucks. It is a great thing to do since you can free up space for your new books and allowing others to buy your pre-loved books at a low price.
How to read a book?
I would suggest that you choose what you read by assessing the kind of skills you are lacking of. As I need to improve my productivity, communication and writing skills, I will read books like Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, How to Win Friends & Influence People and The Elements of Style. This helps to fill your skill gaps.
As I read a book, I will write page numbers of the book that contain what I think are the nuggets of wisdom of the book. I will paste a post- it note on the book and write the page numbers on it. You can also write down key points on a notebook as you read a book. It is good to enjoy the process of reading a book but what is even more important are what you can gain from the books in the end. There will hardly be a time when we are able to finish reading a book at one go. A bookmark comes handy in reminding us we are on which page of the book.
Speed reading can increase your ability to read quickly and efficiently. Great techniques that you can use when practicing speed reading, include reading blocks of words, and breaking the habit of sub-vocalization. Sub-vocalization is the habit of pronouncing each word in your head as you read it. By practicing speed reading, you can read more in the same space of time.
Although a lot of people still prefer to read hard copies of books, e- books are getting popular since they can be stored digitally and are available for download immediately upon buying them online. Kindle books are usually cheaper than hard copies of books. With e- books, you do not have to carry bulky books around if you travel a lot. If you would like to invest in an E- Reader, I would highly recommend Kindle Paperwhite E- reader from Amazon as it is affordable at the price of $119.99 and comes with great functions.
Some of the functions of Kindle Paperwhite E- reader are:
– 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
– 4GB on device storage to hold thousands of books.
– No glare in bright sunlight
– Build your vocabulary. Words looked up in the dictionary are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder to expand your knowledge and reinforce retention.
– A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours
Audiobooks are another great option for accumulating knowledge from books. By listening to books, you can improve your pronunciation and listening skills. Take notes while listening to audio books are useful in writing a summary of the book. You can listen to a book while you commute or are driving a car. An abridged audiobook is a shortened version of the audiobook. It is condensed by using fewer words, but retains a sense of the book. An unabridged audiobook contains the original content. It is not condensed or shortened in any way.
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– Unlimited listening to thousands of audiobooks
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