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Chapter 8. The Learning Hand > SUCCESS CARD 38: Read

SUCCESS CARD 38: Read

Few people read anything of worth once they graduate from high school. Reading can be the conduit, however, for countless ideas that propel you forward. Today, you can read online, via email, or on paper. Formats change as technology allows. E-books are growing slowly in popularity, roughly by 10 to 15 percent per year. Perhaps you're attracted to reading in this format. If you travel or like the technology, you could have found a great way to learn in your spare time. Especially popular with students and people who love handheld devices, dedicated reading devices allow you to download books over the telephone line. One company's best selling e-book is the international version of the Bible. Some publishers now provide complimentary e-book editions with their print titles.

In contrast to the high-tech format of the e-book is the growing popularity of the traditional, home-based, low-tech format of the book club. Ranging from free-for-alls that are open to anyone and any book to set groups with set books, a dues base, and a paid moderator, book clubs are growing rapidly. National news shows have focused on the phenomenon, and bookstores around the country cite statistics showing a 200 percent increase in the number of clubs. Often they give discounts to registered book club members. Members range from retired people to busy executives. Why such interest in reading? People say they want to use their minds again.


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