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Why you should read paper book instead of e-book?

Why you should read paper book instead of e-book?

With the coming of the technological age, there was a prominent fear that people will get lost in the novelty, social media and will be discouraged form reading. Instead, the opposite has happened. Many people now read more than ever before, including blogs, news, books, […]

The best speed reading apps of 2017

The best speed reading apps of 2017

If you know the benefits of reading and you want to get the most out of it, it pays to actually be good at reading. Good at reading means being able to read text fast but also having the ability to comprehend and understand the […]

The benefits of reading

The benefits of reading

Reading has been advocated as being the cornerstone of personal improvement for as long as anyone can remember. From the moment children can read, teachers and parents expose them to books of all sorts. In school students must read many books including novels to pass exams. Many people credit reading books as key to their success. But how exactly do people benefit from reading?

  1. Getting into the minds of other people

You learn a lot from the people around you. Slang, culture, behaviors and such are all things that we pick up from those around us. People on average don’t have many close friends, so they tend to not improve themselves more than the knowledge within such circles. If your friends like to drink, you’ll probably drink a lot as well. If your friends are the kind to be active, you’ll probably be active as well. Reading books gives you the opportunity to gain knowledge of other people without having them to be your friend. Successful people are the ones who tend to read the most books!

  1. Brightens up your creativity

Watching a movie or television might be entertaining. But the thing is that you follow a story which is illustrated by other people, the creative part of your brain is not active while doing this. Reading a novel makes you constantly picture the story which is being told. You constantly idealize how every scene plays which means you are creatively active. Reading success stories about other people might also give you some ideas of your own.

  1. Improve your vocabulary

If someone has the vocabulary of a 1000 words you can bet that they are frequent readers. Having a colorful vocabulary has great benefits. When conversating or simply listening to someone, having a big vocabulary in your arsenal can highly improve the quality of communication of information. Complex ideas usually require the correct terminology to be understood, without knowing such words sometimes an idea is difficult to explain. An improved vocabulary also makes you a better writer. If your work involves writing, simply learning to write is not enough, learning how to write on the other hand will greatly improve your work.

  1. Better concentration

At this age and time we tend to be doing a million things at the same time. With our phones buzzing, computer making sounds, the radio blasting music, it’s really difficult sometimes to have undivided attention. When you immerse yourself in a book, you are only staring at the words. While this might be tricky at first, reading a lot conditions you to keep focused. You can then use this increase in concentration in any other of your daily tasks. This again means higher productivity and being more efficient at anything you do.

  1. Stress reduction

Sometimes all you need is an escape to get away from it all. Vacations can do that but are expensive, alcohol might but is not good for you and then you have books. A well written story gives you the opportunity to quickly immerse yourself in a story cutting the rest of the world out, for a low cost. When you are reading your book it’s just you and the book. And the best part is that you can do this for a short period or for hours. You can read your book on the bus on the way to work or curled up in your bed on a rainy day. Wherever you choose to read your book, it might just not matter as you’ll be taken somewhere else while you are doing so.

  1. Memory improvement

As reading a proper book usually take hours a lot of memorization is involved. You need be actively remembering what you are reading for a book to make sense from beginning to end. The more you read the more you will be training your memory which will lead to you having an improved memory. Imagine what reading 2 books a month can do to your memory a couple of years down the road.

Must read books you should read before turning 30

Must read books you should read before turning 30

Reading is important. That’s no surprise. When you read, you learn, improve brain function, memory, relieve stress. You broaden your worldview. You may be asking why before 30? Well, this is a milestone when people tend to settle down. By then you probably went through […]

The best speed reading apps of 2017

The best speed reading apps of 2017

If you know the benefits of reading and you want to get the most out of it, it pays to actually be good at reading. Good at reading means being able to read text fast but also having the ability to comprehend and understand the text as the same speed as you are reading it. With these apps you will improve your ability to pack your head with as much books as possible in your spare time.

  1. Spreeder CX

Spreeder CX Pro is one of the most popular and best rated speed reading apps currently on the market. The app comes with training and warm-up modes to get you to speed reading as fast as possible. It costs $37 but with that price you get a license which allows you unlimited installs of the software on your desktop, iPad and iPhone. The package also includes access via your web browser. Logging in with your account on different platforms allows for cross-synchronization of your information and activities. Furthermore 3 years of updates are included in the price.

This app teaches you proper reading techniques and eliminates bad habits such as regression and restless eye fixations. This will allow you to read through entire eBooks in a fraction of what it usually takes because of your improved productivity and ability to comprehend the content.

The app is also customizable. You can pick to read using different fonts sizes, color schemes and speeds. You also get four reading modes which displays content to suit your need.

Over 20,000 books are included in this app and you can also upload your own text in any file formats.

Price: $37.00

  1. Acceleread App

This is another great app especially if you are planning on doing your speed reading on an iPhone or iPad. The app uses different techniques to make you a faster reader in a short amount of time. It works by making sure you a constantly focused on the comprehension so you remember most of what you are reading. The same techniques you learn in this app that enables you to read eBooks fast can also be applied to any other paper book or text you may want to read.

The app tailors a course which is made on the capabilities of the individual reader. This means you start at a level that is just right for you which will lead to you picking up fast reading as soon as possible.

To see your progress you can use the speed test the app comes with. You can take the test every week or so to see how much you have progressed over the course of your training.

A great thing about this app is that it has customer support 24/7, which is something many costumers value.

Price: $9.99

  1. Acereader iPad

Acereader has already made its name with the AceReader program and now has come out with a version for the iPad. The focus of this app is to help readers with digital content and improving comprehension. The app will teach you not only to read faster but also how to retain more information as you read so that you don’t have to keep re-reading everything.

The app uses Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) technology which highlights words as you should be reading them to help you reach your goals fast.

There are two modes which the app operates in – training and reading. What they do speak for themselves. The training mode includes many exercises so you can practice reading faster. The reading mode is where you do actual reading while still using techniques to keep improving. You can always use your own text in reading mode.

The app furthermore tracks your progress and shows you how well you are progressing. This will surely encourage anyone who can see that the more they use the app the better they become at reading on a fast pace.

You can also pick different fonts and colors for your most comfortable reading experience.

Price: $19.99