4 reasons this is the best reading app

BooksGood article by Michael Hyatt on why reading on paper, especially long-form reading, is much superior to reading on electronic devices. I agree with him.

Click here to read Michael’s article.

  1. Memory
  2. Comprehension
  3. Distraction
  4. Immersive Engagement

It’s a good article!


Want to Remember What You Read? Switch to Paper




Reading is one of the most pleasurable activities out there. On a scale of human enjoyment I once found in a reference book, where respondents ranked activities from getting their car repaired (4.6) to sex (9.3), reading books scored an 8.3. That’s better than TV. We just assume we don’t have time for this indulgence in our busy lives.

Yet many successful people turn out to be voracious readers, too. They don’t have more hours per day than the rest of us, but they have figured out a two-part process of managing “supply” (hours available to read) and “demand” (desire to use that time reading) to turn themselves into bookworms. Here’s how to get a handle on both.

Do You Read Good Books?

If you are a leader of people, then you must read in order to truly grow as a leader and you need to read widely. As a Christian, the Bible is of course the first book you must be intimately acquainted with, but you must also read in many other areas. Even great literature.

Check out this Harvard Business Review article about the importance of reading – very interesting.

There is an old, somewhat trite saying that “Leaders are readers”, but it is very, very true.

Grab a good book this weekend and start growing!

Different Ways to Read

If you enjoy reading, you might enjoy this blog post by Trevin Wax on the different ways to read.

How To Get More Out of Your Reading

Reading books – I am very much a bibliophile and often searching for ways to get more out of my reading.  Michael Hyatt, in his post “How To Retain more of What You Read”, shares a method by which he captures what is important to him as he reads a book.

He develops a “Net Out” for each book, which is a one page document although he has also added an optional second page.  His Net Out has four primary sections with an optional fifth section.

  1. Bibliographic Heading. This includes the title of the book, the author(s), my name, and the date of my review.
  2. Quick Summary. This is a one-paragraph summary. It’s like an “elevator pitch.”
  3. Key Insights. As I am reading the book, I highlight it as usual. I usually find something worth highlighting every few pages. Then, when I am finished, I go back through the book, and record in my own words those items that particularly struck me.
  4. Personal Application. This is the key.  I try to list two or three things I am going to do differently as a result of what I learned in the book. (I try to list no more than three.)
  5. Meaningful Quotes. In almost every book, the author says things in a way that are worth remembering. I like to identify these with the letter “Q” in the margin as I am reading and then and include them on second page of the Net Out.

If you are a reader, this is a great method for getting more out of what you are reading.  Go to his article for more detail and for an example of his “Net Out”.

How do you get the most out of what you are reading?

Blessings on your week – BG