Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. But how in the world do you find the time? Fortunately for us we live in the most cutting edge era for reading more. The economics of book publishing are changing rapidly and the landscape is no longer what it used to be. For the first time ever we have books in electronic, print, and audio formats. It has never been easier for you to read more often.
Running a company, raising a one year old, leading a small group, maintaining a blog, and still finding time to be, what I hope is an adequate husband, is a very time consuming job for me. The reality is that this is who I am and I struggle daily to find time to read. This recently came to a headway and I decided that I must figure out a way to do it all and still read. This is when I realized that it is easier to read more now than it has ever been before.
Ebooks – Download the e-version of the book. Typically this price is cheaper than the hard cover. It is also more mobile. Downloading a book in iBooks allows the opportunity to read it on an iPad, iPhone, e-reader, or even a desktop computer.
Syncing – With e-books you can add multiple bookmarks while you read. This is an easy way to transition between various mediums. Placing a bookmark when you finish reading on your iPad allows you to easily pick up where you left off on your iPhone later. In fact, I just referenced Timothy Ferriss’ 4 Hour Body on my iPhone while I was in the grocery store. Using a bookmark, I was able to easily find the information I needed.
Audio – John C. Maxwell recently commented during his A Day About Books Lecture that he never knew a car stereo could play music. All he ever used it for was listening to Leadership CDs. John was a subscriber of CD clubs. But again, that industry has changed dramatically. It is easier now than ever to read your books while you drive. Enter Audible.com
Audible.com – Amazon runs this service. They also have an app for the iPhone. It is easier now than ever to download the audio version of the books you are reading. While the audio version seems to take twice as long to complete, you can get in an hour or so of reading your books while commuting around town. Personally, my phone syncs up with my stereo in my truck via bluetooth. Very rarely am I driving without listening to an audio book. It is just so easy to do now. What’s more, I can add bookmarks to my audio book so I can sync my place in an audio book with the ebook so I can always pickup where I left off.
Workout – Do you workout? Cardio is the ideal time to listen to audio books. Listening to a book gets you into a good groove. More often than not, I find myself hung on a chapter and I just want to finish. Next thing you know I have exceeded my initial time goal. For instance, I may want to jog for 30 minutes, but the chapter doesn’t end until 40 minutes. I guess I’m running for 40 minutes.
Syncing today’s technologies into your reading initiative can help you maximize your amount of reading. You can finish books in record time and with ease never before seen. People are busier than ever these days but also have the Incredible advantage of ease of use when it comes to reading.
Question: How do you find time to read? Have you ever studied speed reading?