Fractal Reading For Nonfiction Books

  • Read 2–3 book summaries (Google search). Most books have several summaries containing the best information in the book (the 20 percent of ideas that create 80 percent of value).
  • Listen to an author interview(podcast, Google). Interviews are engaging, and give you the author’s answers to the most pertinent questions gleaned from reading the book.
  • Watch an author presentation (TED, Google, or university talk). When an author is forced to whittle down a 200-page book into a 20-minute talk, they share their biggest idea and best story.
  • Readthe most helpful 1-star, 2-star, 3-star, 4-star, and 5-star reviews(Amazon).
  • Read the first and last chapters of the book (Google Books, ebook free samples, and Amazon’s Look Inside). They often contain the most valuable content in it. 

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