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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: How many books do you read a year? Reply with quote

I try to read at least a book per month to keep up with the latest ideas and trends. How many books do you think you read per year?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 26, 2006 5:18 pm    Post subject: As many as you can! Reply with quote

Reading books and attending related business seminars are important to keep up with the latest changes in business and marketing.

"Markets change faster than marketing!"


You just have to read, read as many as you can!

The most successful people are great readers.
Anthony Robbins, Stephen Pierce(great internet marketing guru) and lots more, they READ alot.

There is no quota to meet but to read a book a month is a little too few. You might want to increase your reading speed, go enrol yourself in a speed reading course!

All the best.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:59 am    Post subject: reading books Reply with quote

I must say I think that books are possibly the greatest resource, and the only way to know what is in them is to read them. One big advantage is no need for power, you can read anywhere.
I try and read the high points of every magazine that comes my way and then go deeper if the idea interests me. Also with so many companies now doing free seminars that give more information than just the product they are pushing then it's worth going to everything you can get your hands on.
I tend to put aside 4-6 hours a week for reading and at least 3 days a month for seminars. In these days of information interchange it's vital.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of books do you read? There must be an awful lot more poor books than truely valuable ones wouldn't you say?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to work my way through many of the science books, my favorite is 'Who's afraid of Schrodinger's cat?' a very good way of blowing your brain up. However I mainly read the articles in trade magazines. Then, if I think it needs more investigation, I get some of the books in the bibliography, or search Amazon. At the moment I’m reading up about jamming GPS after an article in System.
I also try and read at least one self improvement book every 2 months.
In my time I've read Geology, some basic chemistry, picture framing, I also keep an eye out for old books on electronics. If you want to know the characteristics of a quad tetrode valve, I have them. The great advantage is my local Taxman advised me if the book can be linked to my business I could claim the cost.
I also try and read up on any company I am doing business for; it is surprising how much information there is out there.
The real pain comes when work gets in the way of reading, but that hasn't happened too often.
One note, reading a text book at an airport can be helpful, I made contact with a customer when she saw the book and asked me some questions about it, a good customer for a couple of years now.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So you mainly read books that interest you rather than provide you with saleable skills for your business?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends what you mean by saleable skills, I don't read much on how to improve my business, more on the information I need to keep myself in the forefront of my customer’s minds. If they think 'Gaddon will know the answer' I've won, so the more I know both as shallow knowledge and enough in-depth to speak with specialists the better service I give my customers.
For example the picture framing came in for a Doctors waiting room lighting system, while the quantum physics from S'r cat gave me the language to talk to a particle physicist without getting too lost. Both ended up with paying work.
Just another thought could it be that most don't read because they try and structure it? Reading just for now rather than reading and learning then using the information at a later date.
On a personal note I would love to be a polymath, but there is just too much out there today.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For my law studies maybe 12 books in a year.
Just for reading maybe 5 books in a year.
Business books maybe 5 in a year.
That will be 22 then.
I do love reading. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

non-fiction about 6-7 per year
mostly trade magazines ie global finance, card technology,telecommunications,fibre systems, software engineering notes, von focus & others -monthly
non-fiction - mostly crimes 10 per year
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are cool bookworms but for me it is "0" I don't read any books, all my reading is online, don't know how many books it would be if that counted Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with you on this, JasMate... I read very little in the way of books. Confused

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trouble with books is they are missing a "search" button therefore I gave up reading them....and yes, I have opened the index section and thought "CTRL + F" before now.

The biggest problem with most techie is they can be so far out of date, or just simply giving such bad advice that they almost seem worthless now-a-days. For example when I switched from Perl to PHP, there were a number of things in the PHP book which even when I was reading it were considered a bad idea, eg: using register globals.

A lot of the more techie people I've talked to stopped using books many moons ago, while I was still spending a fortune at PC World on them. However I suspect sometime during a persons techie apprenticeship the Internet sends a secret messenger in the middle of the night to convince you to switch to using web sites exclusively....it happened to me so be careful out there!

As for non-techie books, erm, not read any of those since we were forced to in school. Maybe there is a rebel inside of me afterall. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:40 pm    Post subject: Do ebooks count? Reply with quote

I use to be an avid reader. I started out with romantic adventure novels when i was much younger. Then I graduated to self help and spiritual books. Now I spend all my spare time on my computer and have downloaded tons of ebooks to teach me how to succeed online. I find it difficult to read them on my computer screen and the paper and ink it would take to print them out would be enormous. Does anyone here read all the ebooks they download? do you find them helpful? Has any one ebook helped to make your business an online success?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have actually Just got back into reading more and more. I too used to be a very avid reader but having young ones can sometimes take away that quiet time!

I am currently reading "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John C. Maxwell.

I try to read books that are just for entertainment purposes and those that will hopefully make this old brain of mine work just a little better!

I did read the book "The Ultimate Gift" I will recommend this book to all as both a wonderful story but also a life lesson!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in the past year, i have read maybe 3 books offline, the rest of them are online ebooks and the like, sometimes I print them out and read them then, so maybe 5 books.

Most of them are business orientated with one about drawing.
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