A few new year’s posts on reading

We would all agree that reading on the internet is not the same as reading a book: the actual process of reading is different.

When you’re reading a book, you’re looking at absorbing the information more carefully. There are no ads or animations on the page, you can’t immediately pause and check your email, and unless your purpose is to skim through the book you’re less inclined to skim read.

The always thoughtful Trevor Cairney talks more about this in Literacy, families and learning – he even quotes Jakob Nielsen, and then goes beyond Nielsen’s points.

Brian Clark at Copy blogger has an excellent post entitled How to Read, which suggests that there are a few different approaches you can take in both your selection of titles, and your approach to reading.

Of course, as Rach notes, it wouldn’t be new year’s without making resolutions to read through the bible in a year. There are a number of ways to do this: for a good starting point, try this list of Bible Reading Plans. If you’re aiming to get a little more out of it than just the effort of turning all the pages, or running your eyes over all the words, you could try the techniques listed in the more uncomfortably named Meditating on God’s Word.

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