Everytime I post about how much reading I do, I get comments about how do you get so much reading done. Here are the answers.
- I read fast, I always have. I learned to read without learning to spell. The effect, is my brain recognizes the pattern of letters, and does not spell them out, resulting in being able to read very fast.
- On a typical work day, I have a 45 minute commute in each direction, with a change of subway lines. The net effect of that is 60 to 90 minutes of reading time five days a week. I read about 50 pages an hour, hence a 200 page book, can be read in 3 to 4 days.
- I tend to read when I am flying. I spent something like 100 hours in the air last year.
- I sometimes read on the treadmill at the gym, there are a couple more hours a week, another book a month if you will.
I am almost exclusively an e-book reader. My faithful Kindle is a basic black and white version, with very long battery life and a very simple design. It is easier and faster to read on that a tablet or phone. On phones the screen it to small. On tablets (I have a couple of them, an I-Pad (that I love) and a Samsung Galaxy tablet, the color display bring more detail to distract me from reading, and the shorter battery life result in more time when I am unable to read.
I occasionally read print books. Print works better for things that are illustrated or have lots of images such as cook books, some travel guides. I also run into some books that are not available in e-edition. I have been known to wait for the Kindle edition to be released. I recently talked one published into sending me an electronic copy of the proofs of a soon to be released book, so I can do a review (and not have to wait six-months for that publisher to release a Kindle edition.)
How much time are you able to read each week?