According to Business Insider, readers of Capital in the Twenty-first Century made it through just 2.1% of the book on average, with the last highlighted section appearing on page 26.
Other results: Most people have gotten through only an eighth of “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, and only a fifth through “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis.
I’ve been searching for a statistic I used to quote. How many pages does the typical business reader read before quitting? I believe the answer was nine pages!
I cautioned an author recently that he better put his message in those first nine pages if he wants everyone to read it.
I’ve been thinking about writing the sequel to Informal Learning. Informal Learning 2.0? Maybe I should leave pages 10 through 300 blank, for taking notes.
Here’s what Goodreads has to say about unfinished reading:
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I am moving the My Documents folders from all of my computers to one Dropbox.
Dropbox is the equivalent of a hard drive in the cloud. I’ve been using the free version (2 GB) for months without any hassles.
Dropbox lets me work on files offline; it syncs when I’m back on the net. It provides Continue reading
Wow. If these guys’ stats are accurate, they’ve downloaded more copies of my book on Informal Learning for free than Pfeiffer has sold!
I have asked my editor for Wiley’s take on this. If someone is giving my books away, I’d rather it be me.
Teach a man to fish…
PKM: Figuring out what’s important to you, how to find it, how to keep up with it, how to make sense of it, how to recall it when you need it anew, and how to share it with others — this is ground zero for mining the riches of the web. Bookstore shelves overflow with books Continue reading
The November 2008 issue of Harvard Business Review contains an article by Nick Morgan entitled How to Become an Authentic Speaker. In brief:
Instead of rehearsing gestures to make a speech feel authentic, you should tap into four fundamental aims, or “intents,” of a good presentation: to be open Continue reading
Wow! Lisa Neal Gualtieri managed to get thirty important thinkers to share what they see in the crystal ball for 2009. This is the first must-read piece of 2009.
In short: It’s the economy, stupid. But there’s more. Lots more. I won’t spoil it for you. Go read this. And leave a comment.
Hackers broke into the Internet TIme Blog and Informal Learning Blog sites, leaving a trail of filth and nonsense. It took me about six hours to figure out what was going on. Apparently, WordPress had left a door open that enabled bad guys to inject nasty invisible messages into footers. I usually upgrade Continue reading
My research into meaning of competence led me to a dusty bookshelf downstairs to take a fresh look at a b00k I first read thirty years ago.
In 1978, Tom Gilbert wrote Human Competence: Engineering Worthy Performance. From the cover flap: “Not just another run-of-the-mill book on human performance, Continue reading