Is speed reading enjoyable? If I’m reading a novel, will I ‘get’ it? Is speed reading purely for knowledge and not for entertainment?

Nanette’s Spd Rdng answer: Lots of the Spd Rdng techniques that we teach are about getting information, but you can also read novels faster – and ‘get it’! Most people read as if they’re driving a car in first gear all the time. Much better to be able to vary the speed at which you read – so if you enjoy reading slowly, you’ll be able to do that too. Go for it – it’s fun to be able to do it – and it certainly beats getting dragged down by those piles of books, reports and journals that sit there making you feel guilty.

Should I learn to speed read instead?

Nanette’s Spd Rdng answer: Learn speed reading as well. Speed reading is about reading traditionally but faster. And in addition to both photoreading and speed reading, it makes sense to have (conscious, easy) strategies for remembering what you read, strategies for evaluating books, knowing WHY you’re reading, getting an overview of a subject before going into detail, etc.

Does Photoreading help with comprehension or memory?

Nanette’s Spd Rdng answer: Yes. But do speed reading as well. Oddly enough, reading faster helps comprehension, because you’ve got more information more quickly for the brain to make sense of. Spd Rdng courses teach photoreading, speed reading and additional techniques to speed up access to information, memory and comprehension.

Is photoreading a scam?

Just answered some questions on yahoo – thought I’d share them here.

Is photoreading a scam?

Nanette’s Spd Rdng answer: No. The non-conscious mind takes in all the information – but you don’t know it consciously, so it doesn’t feel as if you’ve learnt anything. Also, although the info goes straight to your long-term memory, it is only activated by need (need determined by your non-conscious mind, not your conscious mind – the bit that likes to think it’s on control). It therefore works best if you do in together with some conscious (eg speed reading) techniques.

The best book summaries

Don’t have time to read books or classics get Passing Time in The Loo. Volume 1 covers: Literary Classics, Contemporary Muliticultural Classics, Quotes and Anecdotes, Biographies, The Best of Business and Leadership, Classics in Personal Effectiveness, Health and Fitness Advice, Word Power, Expanding Knowledge. In total over 150 books are summaries. And what brilliant book summaries. For example, I was impressed with one book so I bought it and speed read from cover to cover and there was nothing that they’ve missed in the summary. Passing Time in The Loo. Volume 2 covers: Dreamscapes, Realityscapes, Walking Back in Time (the drama of history), They Made a Difference, Poets and Poetry, Thoughts Worth Pondering, Fantastic Facts. Again over 150 top books summaries. I just wish they published it as ebooks or an app for the iPhone.

Read more about the importance of summaries

Summaries micro-trends

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How books make us better people?

By reading Shakespeare – which has dramatic effect on human brain

They function to uphold social order and spread altruistic genes, according to evolutionary psychologists. While the romantic era helped us evolve into more virtuous beings, reading Shakespeare can boost our brainpower. Shakerspeare used a technique known as functional shift, which involves making an adjective or a noun into a verb. In The Winter’s Tale, heavy thoughts are said to ‘thick my blood’. Researchers at Liverpool University revealed this technique causes a spark in the brain activity, as we’re forced to understand what a word means before we comprehand the function of it within a sentence. Source University of Liverpool

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The effect of functional shift on the brain. Credit: University of Liverpool

Why Reading Matters – BBC program – watch it here

How modern neuroscience has revealed that reading unlocks remarkable powers in people.

Science writer Rita Carter tells the story of how modern neuroscience has revealed that reading, something most of us take for granted, unlocks remarkable powers. Carter explains how the classic novel Wuthering Heights allows us to step inside other minds and understand the world from different points of view, and she wonders whether the new digital revolution could threaten the values of classic reading. It’s not available on BBC iPlayer anymore but you can watch it below on YourTube – [BBC] Why Reading Matters in 6 parts.

Part 1

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdwFFFBCPzw

Part 2

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt4_czM-UuM

Part 3

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFlTV_OPh1I

Part 4

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0WDLsIZuZg

Part 5

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuCtHUDW4fw

Part 6

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owdqz8y98-0

ANLP Conference, London, 14 November 2009 – Top Ten Speed Reading Techniques

We’re presenting at ANLP Conference 13-15 November 2009, London
Sat 14 November 18.00 – 19.30 Top Ten Speed Reading Techniques

Learn the key techniques which turn ordinary readers into speed readers. Double your reading speed by the end of the workshop – and walk away with both the tools and the understanding to distil the knowledge and wisdom from the masters in less than a tenth of the time it would take with traditional reading. For more info on the ANLP Conference

Free app Stanza has more people reading ebooks on iPhones than on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.

It’s official: The iPhone is more popular than Amazon Kindle. And not just in the obvious categories like listening to music, surfing the net or the other applications where Kindle barely competes. Now, the iPhone is also muscling into Amazon’s home turf: reading ebooks.
Stanza, an ebook reading application offered in Apple’s iPhone App Store since July, has been downloaded more than 395,000 times and continues to be installed at an average rate of about 5,000 copies a day, according to Portland, Ore.-based Lexcycle, the three-person start-up that created the reading software.

iPhone eBook Reader App - Stanza

iPhone eBook Reader App – Stanza

The future of speed reading e-books
Stanza, like Kindle, lets users download new content directly to their device. It has a snappy interface that allows readers to flip through a book simply by tapping the edges of the page and responds far faster than Kindle’s poky E-ink screen, which takes about a second to turn pages. And then there’s what some may call Stanza’s unfair advantage: the application is free, as are its many titles.

Download Stanza ebook reader for iPhone

Question about Photoreading: Steps of Photoreading, not speedreading?

We’ve received a question today – here it is with our answer

Q: Hi, My name is Andreas and I’m a beginner in photoreading. Can anyone tell me with details how I can photoread? Like exact steps and exact way of feeling thoughts and whatever he can help me with. I’m trying days now but I can’t remember anything from what I’m “trying” to photoread. I may asked many people but each one have different way of saying things so please if there is anyone out there who can fill me with information about photoreading (please don’t send me sites with “buying cds”… I’m broke:P)
A: Photoreading is very easy to do. Decide why you’re reading the book (your purpose – follow ‘SMART’ guidelines for constructing a purpose). Then just look quickly at every page of the book (one second) – doesn’t matter whether your eyes are in focus or not. The trick though is knowing how to retrieve the information and I can’t tell you that in 5 mins (which is why people run courses). But easiest way is to do all the other conscious speed reading techniques – if you want a free download of our 37 speed reading techniques go to http://spdrdng.com – hope this helps. Jan

Confucius on books

“Friends are like a book: they open up the whole world for us. But they can be divided into good and bad. The right sort can help you, but the bad sort will bring you a great deal of trouble and may even lead you down the wrong road. Being able to choose your friends wisely is extremely important.” Confucius as interpreted by Yu Dan, author of Confucius from the Heart

NLP Meta-Programs and Speed Reading / Spd Rdng

A NLP modeling project by Tom O’Connor – NLP TIMES (NLP Videos and Trainings)

NLP meta-programs are perceptions or mindsets and behavioral patterns that operate at an other-than-conscious level. Meta-programs are filters through which we perceive the world. An example is the old maxim is the glass half full or half empty. By understanding and appreciating other people’s models of the world that may differ dramatically from our own we can learn how to do things better.

Modeling subject: Jan Cisek – Master PhotoReader and Speed Reader

1. Chunk Size: Global vs. Specific

Spd Rdng Student: Global

When spd rdng speed readers tend to go global and take in the big picture. The field of vision is broad and the area of focus tends to be on “Concepts” and “Ideas”, getting a Gestalt view. You sort for information at global level. Global chunk style tends to lead to deductive processing and permits the speed reader to take large mental quick cuts through large volumes of information. There is quite a high level of generalisation. This differs significantly from a person who’s meta-program who is detail based. They will tend to focus on the low level information, needing to acquire all the details and feel the need for multiple examples and overlapping of information before they feel they are comfortable with the material.

2. Relationship Sort: Same/Difference/Continuum

Spd Rdng Student: Difference

How you tend to process information when speed reading is by slicing for differences. Asking questions like “What different here? What concepts can I pick up that are different from my model of the world already?”

Sorting by difference tends to ensure and allow for the speed reader to bypass the need to read lots of details. This meta-program also links in with cross referencing that you automatically do (particularly when you process syntopically) with information you already know.

3. Representation System: Visual/Auditory digital/Kinesthetic/Gustatory

Spd Rdng Student: Visual (lead), Kinesthetic (Reference)

When you’re speed reading, the dominant representation system being used is visual. However it would appear that while you lead with the visual representational system, allowing you to process and sort large volumes of information, you rely on the kinesthetic for confirmation on many key aspects (such as value of content in the book, the morphic field, sense of “is this book worth spd rdng). While traditional  readers may use visual as the lead reference system, it is speed readers emphasis on accessing and using their kinesthetic sense that markedly differ.

4. Information Gathering Style: Sensors/ Intuitor

Spd Rdng Student: Intuit

Although you will adopt different meta-programs dependant on different aspects of the spd rdng flow. The speed reading student tends to exhibit an intuitor style or information. Intuitors tend to intuit things through their internal knowings, experience and feelings. This allows the speed reading student to take a more holistic approach to processing information.
5. Information Gathering Style: Downtime/Uptime

Spd Rdng Student: Downtime

The spd rdng student tends to be in downtime when speed reading. This state involves the speed reader going “inside” and become absorbed in the process and removed from the external world. It allows for a concentrated focus on obtaining your outcome and the re-assessment of “how am I doing? Am I getting closer to my outcome? Do I need to access other areas?”

6. Value Direction: Towards/ Away From

Spd Rdng Student: Toward

The speed reading student is drawn towards their outcome when speed reading. The are seeking specific concepts, understanding and themes which will make a difference. Once they have decided that a book is worth speed reading they search out for particular information (visual) and rely on their feelings (kinesthetic) to advise when they are “done” with a book or if they require another pass.

7. Frame of Reference: Internal/Internal with external check/ External/ External with Internal check

Spd Rdng Student: Internal with an external check

The successful spd rdng student tends to have a very strong internal frame of reference when it comes to speed reading books. They are lovers of knowledge and reading and rely on their own “gut” feeling when evaluating a book and also assessing if they have obtained all they need. They can use an external check when they are looking to obtain input on good books to read or afterwards where they are reconditioning their learning and discussing/teaching/exploring the books concepts with a fellow speed readers.

8. Goal Sort: Optimiser/ Perfectionist/ Skeptic

Spd Rdng Student: Optimiser

The spd rdng student is noticeable by their easy approach to their information processing. They tend to focus on optimising “% of time invested vs. return on new ideas or knowledge obtained”. They differ from perfectionists (traditional school of reading) who have been conditioned to need to read every word and “you don’t know it if you haven’t read every sentence”.

Spd Rdng students are easy on their needs for “knowing everything” and realise that the information they require can be gathered in an easier flow like information gathering approach.

9. Time Experience: In Time/Through Time

Spd Rdng Student: Through Time Focus

Spd Rdng Students when speed reading and evaluating the material to work with tend to be aware of the time being spent. They are less “in time” focused, i.e. unaware of and totally lost in time. The traditional reader tends to be very “in time” focused and has a beginning but no end planned in mind.

10. Completion/Closure: Closure / Non Closure

Spd Rdng Student: Non Closure

The spd rdng student tends to have a relatively high tolerance for non closure, being able to open up several loops of information streams and join the dot’s of an authors thinking to bring together a global/ gestalt view and understanding of the concepts at play. A traditional reader will tend to have a very high need for closure and in comparison to the speed reading student will be quite passive in enquiring and holding open a number of information loops.

Summary
Not all meta programs hold the same influence or weight when a student is speed reading, some are more relevant than others, therefore the key list I’ve see so far are:
Priority of Influence:
Global chunking style
Sorting for difference
Strong towards motivation – outcome driven
Low level for completeness
Rep System: Kinesthetic

Embrace change through education and self-improvement

Recessions are times of great change and sometimes upheaval.

People who struggle often do so because they cling to the past rather than embrace the ‘now’ and the future. It’s essential for us to stay on the cutting edge of innovation through a lifelong pursuit of education. The most successful people and entrepreneurs are those who are constantly reading, attending seminars, engaging with mentors, and exposing themselves to new ideas and adventures. What are you reading today?

“In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, or for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning to learn.” John Naisbitt

In a complex society, knowledge has come to mean knowing where and how to find out something, not just knowing.

Praise of s l o w – remedy to fast media?

Speed reading is about speed as much as about slow reading

With speed reading we create more time to reflect – our reflective intelligence is critical to learning and our moral standards. Read previous post.  In Praise of Slow – How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore one can learn the importance of taking time to reflect and slow down.

Both me and Nanette can read very fast when we need to. But we take time to read slowely – usually for pleasure. Novels, poetry, philosophy, etc lend themselves to reading slowely. Never before the balance between fast and slow was so important. Spd rdng is like driving a car – sometimes we use the first gear, sometimes the second, the third, the fourth, etc. Most people though read like they would read in the first gear. Speed reading is about changing your gears of reading depending on the context of your reading.

Reflective intelligence – AHA! moments

Can reflective intelligence survive in the fast media environment?

Following from the previous post about how the speed of Facebook and Tweeter are shaping our moral compass.

David Perkins (Harvard) thinks that reflective intelligence (RI) is the most important one to learn. It’s being aware of your learning and thinking habits and how to improve them. It’s thinking about thinking – meta-thinking.

What brings me most joy when learning? Why?
What do I not understand?
What can I do to understand better? (Ask a friend)
What is the biggest success / aha moment? Write it down & use symbols.
What works and does not work for me?
The moments of learning…

How to switch on your reflective intelligence?
1.    Notice what is working – write it down

2.    Be grateful – gratitude feedbacks to your subconscious mind what you want and what is important to you

3.   Get inspired and motivated by people’s aha! It stimulates your reflective intelligence and executive functioning. Revitalising. Strangely Twitter can be used to post those inspiring AHA! moments – follow us on http://twitter.com/Spdrdng

Are Facebook and Twitter too fast?

New research suggests that fast social portals can be damaging to us – especially young people who’s brains are still developing.

‘If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality,’ said researcher Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, from the University of Southern California. Brain imaging tests showed that humans can respond in fractions of a second to signs of physical pain in others; but admiration and compassion – two of the social emotions which define humanity – take much longer. Digital media may direct users away from traditional avenues for learning about humanity, such as literature or face-to-face interactions, Ms Immordino-Yang added. ‘When it comes to emotion, because these systems are inherently slow, perhaps all we can say is, not so fast,’ said Antonio Damasio, who led the research. Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, who led the research said: “What I’m more worried about is what is happening in the abrupt juxtapositions that you find, for example, in the news. He said the research was vital because admiration, “gives us a yardstick for what to reward in a culture, and for what to look for and try to inspire”. Mr Damasio said that Barack Obama, who was inspired by his father, showed how admiration could drive a person onto great things, adding: “We actually separate the good from the bad in great part thanks to the feeling of admiration. It’s a deep physiological reaction that’s very important to define our humanity.”

Read faster with more comprehension

Is it possible to read faster with increased comprehension?

It may seem counter-intuitive but reading faster equates with comprehending more. In fact, individuals who read at slower rates are likely to comprehend less. It makes sense when you realise that the more information your mind has the more it will comprehend. Our advice is always to read faster in order to understand more. The brain-friendly way to more understanding is to get the big picture of the subject first. Reading faster, reading more will give you a bigger picture.

The speed of change

Did you know? In the world of information overload – just a few more facts – watch this video clip

20 years ago 80% of knowledge resided within the books. Now it’s only 20% because the world is changing ever faster. We need to be open to new and unknown connections with people and content.

The people of India love spending their time with a book in their hands. Such are the results of a survey conducted by the public research agency NOP World Culture Score. On average they spend 11 hours reading every week. The world average for book reading is – according to the survey – 6.5 hours. And Poles much the average ideally, putting them in 13th place. We’re behind the Chinese (8 hours), the Czechs (7.4 hours) and the French (6.9 hours), but then the Americans are way behind us (23rd place – or 5.7 hours), as are the Brits (5.3 hours, given 26th place). The Koreans read the least (3.1 hours)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY

Speed reading helps with getting higher degrees

How to get higher degree faster – start earlier

The notion of commencing university education at school was born out of his own precocious boyhood in the United States. “When I was at school academics from the University of California at Berkeley came and taught me some classes in speed reading,” he explains in his quiet drawl. However, since they had no way of imparting an entire degree to a child Kelley went to university early, at 15.

The idea is the brainchild of Paul Kelley, Monkseaton’s American headmaster, who just loves to push the boundaries. “If every school were to make this available, think how much money each student would save by not having to go to a university – and they’d get a step ahead in the jobs market. After all, you are at a huge advantage if you have an honours degree when your peers only have A-levels,” he says.

Read more: The free degrees – A trio of pioneers have undertaken university studies – without debt and while still at school

Speed reading utalises 80/20 rule to find key information

WEIRD: Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, But the wrod as a wlohe. And you touhhgt taht sepllnig was iprmoetnt!

In the same way you don’t need to read every word in a sentence to get the message.

“Classics are still the most essential reads” according to the World Book Day poll

In the end, quality tells. People may have bought The Da Vinci Code in its millions but, when asked to name the most precious book they have read, they relegated it to 42nd place and chose Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

In the poll for World Book Day today, the highest-ranking contemporary adult fiction novel is Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong, which came only 17th. Read more on this

iPhone helps with speed reading

Speed up your reading with iPhone

Reading on the iPhone can be quicker because the screen guides the eyes better. Also with the ease of scrolling and the smaller article sizes on many web pages – all means that information can be processed a lot quicker than by previous means.

Can’t remember what you just read? Take a nap.

Going night after night without sleep makes us absent minded, and now we may know why

Going night after night without sleep makes us absent-minded, and now we may know why. In rats, sleep deprivation causes stress hormones to accumulate in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which in turn stunts the growth of cells that lay down new memories.

“This decrease in neuron production coincided with an increase in the major rodent stress hormone, corticosterone,” says Elizabeth Gould, head of the team at Princeton University that made the discovery. When Gould stopped production of the hormone in rats by removing their adrenal glands, the animals carried on producing new neurons as normal despite being deprived of sleep (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0608644103).

“We concluded that sleep deprivation decreases neurogenesis by elevating stress hormones,” says Gould. The results tally with earlier studies showing that sleep-deprived people are worse at remembering how to do newly learned tasks than they are normally. “We know that sleep deprivation is stressful, and that it impairs certain types of learning and memory,” she says.

Derk-Jan Dijk of the Surrey Sleep Research Centre at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK, says the results are the first to provide a plausible mechanism explaining how a lack of sleep damages memory. “It points to the importance of sleep in the right hormonal conditions,” says Dijk. “These are altered if you sleep at the wrong time of day, or if you are stressed generally,” he says. The results explain how shift work might damage memory by producing “a different hormonal milieu”.
“The results are the first to provide a plausible mechanism explaining how a lack of sleep damages memory”

However, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen of the University of Helsinki in Finland says that may be going too far, as the 72 hours of sleep deprivation experienced by the rats is exceptionally long, equivalent to several days in humans. Sleep deprivation can damage memory, but only “in extreme cases”, she believes.
Source: NewScientist

Book of the week: The Decisive Moment by Jonah Lehrer

 

 

 

 

 

Do we make decisions rationally or emotionally? Both.

The Decisive Moment – the new book by Jonah Lehrer – is about how we make decisions – except it’s not ‘us’, it’s our brains. It turns out that decision making, far from being the rational process we all like to pride ourselves on, is actually led by our emotions, which are largely beyond our conscious control.

‘Even when we think we know nothing, our brains know something,’ Lehrer says – ie we know much more non-consciously than comes to conscious awareness, and our brains use this information to make decisions, sometimes in the face of what we know logically.

This is what we teach on our speed-reading/photoreading courses – that the non-conscious mind is our learning brain taking in huge amounts of information that we are not aware of. And we use this fact to encourage people to read more quickly, using speed reading eye patterns to look for ‘hot spots’ of key information, or to trust when using the downloading/photoreading technique that the information really is going into your non-conscious mind!

One message: if you are already an expert on a subject, then trust your gut reaction when making a decision. If you know little about the subject, then find out more and make a logical decision.

By the way, one decision we can help you make. If you want to get a copy of the book, make sure you get ‘The Decisive Moment’ and not ‘How we decide’ by the same author. Turns out it’s the same book with a different title and a higher price! How rational is that???

If you haven’t got time to read the book, then check out reviews in the New Scientist (21 Feb 2009) and The Sunday Times (1 March 2009) or listen to it on BBC.

 

Happy people read more

A 30-year study found that happy people read more books, newspapers and socialise more, while unhappy people watch more television.

“TV doesn”t really seem to satisfy people over the long haul the way that social involvement or reading does,” said University of Maryland sociologist John P. Robinson, the study co-author and a pioneer in time-use studies (that appeared in the December 2008 issue of the journal Social Indicators Research /ANI). “It’s more passive and may provide escape – especially when the news is as depressing as the economy itself. The data suggest to us that the TV habit may offer short-run pleasure at the expense of long-term malaise,” he added. During the study, the researchers analyzed two sets of data spanning nearly 30 years (1975-2006) gathered from nearly 30,000 adults. It showed that unhappy people watch an estimated 20 percent more television than very happy people. The unhappy people were also more likely to feel they have unwanted extra time on their hands (51 percent) compared to very happy people (19 percent) and to feel rushed for time (35 percent vs. 23 percent). Read more about this study

Reading faster helps you to be happier, more creative and energetic.

Do you want to feel better or change your mood? Do you want to feel more energetic? Read faster!

Speed reading and photoreading is the answer. Research done in Princeton University (Emily Pronin – read the ABSTRACT below) suggests that people who speed up their thinking with timed activities such as reading fast a piece of text that scrolled quickly – felt happier and more powerful, creative and energetic. Read more on this research (Psychology Today)

Manic Thinking Independent Effects of Thought Speed and Thought Content on Mood by Emily Pronin ( Princeton University) and Daniel M. Wegner (Harvard University)
ABSTRACT—This experiment found that the speed of thought affects mood. Thought speed was manipulated via participants’ paced reading of statements designed to induce either an elated or a depressed mood. Participants not only experienced more positive mood in response to elation than in response to depression statements, but also experienced an independent increase in positive mood when they had been thinking fast rather than slow—for both elation and depression statements. This effect of thought speed extended beyond mood to other experiences often associated with mania (i.e., feelings of power, feelings of creativity, a heightened sense of energy, and inflated self-esteem or grandiosity).”
Download the paper

Strategic Reading

Perfectly logical way to read

The quest for the perfect method of reading that does everything and works for everybody is silly, since different readers have different requirement. In similar way, that some people own more than one car, since no single vehicle meets their needs. Speed reading and strategic reading offer diverse ways to design your own reading styles that can be adopted to changing needs. Dynamic, intelligent, adaptable, strategic reading is the logical next step.

The mobile phone novel – a novel way to spd up yr rdng

5 of the top 10 books sold in Japan in 2007 began life as cellphone novels – books typed in text-speak and then posted online.

In Japan, a new literary genre has taken off. It’s called keitai shosetsu, or the mobile-phone novel.

These short books are written by text message and posted on the web. The stories have taken a particular form; most are written by and for young women and are about difficult subjects such as pregnancy and abortion.

These novels are hugely popular. Maho i-Land, Japan’s largest mobile-phone novel site, contains more than one million titles. The site is visited 3.5 billion times a month.

Publishers have caught on, and text-created books top many Japanese bestseller lists. Love Sky by Mika, and its sequel, have together sold 2.6 million copies. Many titles are filmed or made into manga cartoons.

Critics argue that predictive text makes the books repetitive, but the cellular age has turned Japan into a land of quietly tapping thumbs and wild imaginations.

Download free ebooks for your mobile phone

Txtng – gd 4 ur kids!

In case you were worried that the abbreviations commonly used in text messages might be hurting the nation’s (or your child’s) literacy – you can relax. Apparently it’s doing the opposite.

The more children send texts using abbrvtns, the better their reading ability! Apparently with all the texting, children are reading much more these days, and playing with the language is an important part of learning how it works.
We teach both that reading more (of anything) will improve your reading – and that it’s important to get the message from what you read rather than concentrating on the individual letters (or even the individual words). And it’s no coincidence that we called our book ‘Spd Rdng’!

By the way, have you already seen the following on the internet?

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. And you touhhgt taht sepllnig was iprmoetnt!

Further info in the New Scientist 22 Feb 2009 reporting on research ‘Exploring the relationship between children’s knowledge of text message abbreviations and school literacy outcomes’ by Plester, Beverly1; Wood, Clare1; Joshi, Puja1, published by the British Psychological Society in British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Volume 27, Number 1,March 2009

Move your hands when you’re learning

Remembering what you read is as important as taking in the information.

On our speedreading/photoreading courses we have been teaching that linking specific ideas/words to gestures can help you remember them – something that can be particularly useful for actors.

Now, Dr Susan Goldin-Meadow of the University of Chicago, has done some research into hand movements which seems to prove that if you make appropriate hand movements, it can help you think.

And since the beginning of good memory is how you ‘lay down’ the information in the first place, it obviously makes sense to gesture as you speak the information you want to remember (see technique number 22 in our forthcoming book ‘Spd Rdng – get up to speed with your reading’).

Does that mean that Italians – famous for their extravagant gesturing – think and remember better than the rest of us?
Check out the report in The Economist, 19 Feb 2009 for more information.

Guinness Book of Records – The Longest Subtitle for A Book

Look out for us in the Guinness Book of RecordsSpd Rdng: The Speed Reading Bible
We’re sending our book Spd Rdng Bible to the Guinness Book of Records to be included for having the longest subtitle! Which is: “Learn speed reading techniques and habits with proven results for you to apply immediately to any reading material (books, reports, journals, manuals, textbooks, online texts, ebooks, etc) so you can read more, more quickly, more effectively, whether you are a professional, an entrepreneur, a student or teacher, a home educator, or simply interested in your own learning and personal development, in any subject (including business, medicine, law, IT, acting and languages), by showing you, among other things, how to use your eyes more efficiently, remember more, access your learning intelligence, focus on your purpose, take meaning from the minimum of input, find the hot spots of information you need, and put it into practice, with the result that you free up time and save money as you become more successful in business and life.”