Studies show that when you read more, along with having fun, you build knowledge, increase vocabulary, improve writing, develop empathy, develop personal identity, improve life-achievement likelihood, and more.
These studies are probably the driving force behind why you want to read more. They were for me atleast.
But regardless of your motivation, here are some ideas that I came up with on my journey to read more. I hope that they help you too.
Make Reading Like Netflix
For many of us, reading is far less accessible, affordable, and user-friendly than Netflix.
With Netflix, there are always a hundred good shows that are recommended, trending, bookmarked, and shared, and you can instantly access any of them from anywhere.
You get what you want when you want it. And once you finish one show, you can instantly start the next. It’s frictionless.
But with reading, you either have to make a long trek to a library or store, or you have to wait around for a delivery, and if you don’t like the books you chose, you have to rinse and repeat the whole lengthy process. Plus, buying new books and magazines is far more expensive than just using Netflix.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. Here are some ideas I came up with to make reading more like Netflix.
Give Yourself Quick Access to Lots of Reading Materials
Quick access to lots of good reading materials is essential. Although some of these ideas may be inaccessible to you, they may still be useful to mull over.
Fill an E-Reader or Phone to The Brim With Good Content.
To give yourself lots of books to read, you can download free E-books from manybooks.com. There are also several other places to get free books; just have a look around on Google.
With a ton of books ready to go, if you ever get sick of a book, or finish one, you can quickly start a new one. No more waiting for deliveries, or going for long treks.
You can also subscribe to several magazines and newspapers on your E-reader or phone, so you always have something quick and easy to read.
And, although it can be hard to flip through the pages of an E-book, it is easy to flip through the pages of an e-magazine or e-newspaper. They really do a slick job with the menus.
Last but not least, E-Readers, like Netflix, give personalized book recommendations, so you will always have new ideas for what to read next.
Acquire Some Physical Books
E-books are great for reading for entertainment, but they are not as good when you are trying to read to learn.
For learning, I like to have a physical book that I can flip around in and mark up. It’s hard to flip around the pages of an E-book, and taking notes in the margins of an E-book just isn’t the same as taking notes in the margins of a real book.
Here is a link to Amazon’s 100 top selling books – https://amzn.to/3e4WnU3
If you want cheaper books, visit your local thrift store.
Set Up An RSS Feed
RSS feeds are like a Facebook Newsfeed of all of your favorite websites.
The way it works is that you add different websites into your RSS reader, and then you can just go to your RSS reader to read all the content from your favorite websites.
By putting all you favorite content in one place, you save time from having to visit each website independently.
Here’s a video that will show you how it works:
There are a lot of different RSS readers you can use. I use Feedly. Here’s how it looks.
Here is a list of some of the different feeds I follow in my Feedly RSS Reader. As you can see, Feedly works well with ConorWriter.Com!
Now, here is what my main feed looks like inside my Feedly RSS reader. Simple access to awesome articles! It really helps to read more.
Sending RSS Feed to My Kindle
To send RSS Feeds to my Kindle I use https://kindle4rss.com/
I think there are also ways to send your Feedly Feed to your Kindle, but since I already had Kindle4rss working, and because I am about to get my Remarkable 2 E-Reader, I didn’t bother.
Once I get my Remarkable 2 E-Reader, I will be looking to send an RSS Feed to it and I will write an article about it.
Anywho, I hope this convinces you to create an RSS Feed.
Scatter Old Magazines Around Your House
Last but not least, you can make it a habit to collect old magazines and scatter them around your house. On the off chance that you don’t have an E-Reader or phone handy, you can pick up a magazine.
I hope you find some of these tips on how to have constant quick access to reading materials helpful.
A Few Other Ideas To Help You Read More
- Read About the Benefits of Reading
If you take some of the advice above, you should reduce the friction of reading, but you still may need some extra motivation.
Perhaps if you read about the benefits of reading, you will be more motivated. You could take this concept one step further and write about the benefits of reading, but that may be overkill.
- Identify A Few Habits to Change to Reading
A great way to create a new habit is to change an old one.
All habits have triggers, responses, and rewards.
So, take the trigger of an unappetizing habit and make reading the response.
In my case, I identified two habits to change to reading.
- Scrolling Reddit
- Watching TV and Movies Alone
To be clear, I have not eliminated my Reddit or TV use, I just identified certain times during the day I was on Reddit or watching TV, and I started reading instead.
I still Reddit when I have small pockets of time, and I still watch TV and movies with friends and family, and when I do menial tasks like being on cardio machines or doing the dishes.
Also, to be clear, I do still occasionally binge Netflix, and I think that’s okay too. It’s good to be flexible.
All in all, I do these activities less since I have replaced them in part with reading.
If you would like to learn more about changing habits, check out this video.
- Make Reading Social
You can join a book club in your area, or you can join an online book club. Also, it can be helpful to ask close friends about a book they like, because if you read it, you are showing them you care about their recommendations, and you will have someone to talk to about the book.
- Listen to Audiobooks
Listening to Audiobooks may not count in your books, but it does in mine. 😉
Studies show that audiobooks can improve your reading accuracy, speed, fluency, pronunciation, comprehension, and more.
You can find a lot of great audiobooks for free on YouTube. Podcasts may also provide many of the same benefits; however, I doubt conversational podcasts will be as beneficial linguistically as a well-produced audiobook, but who doesn’t love a good conversational podcast. In the end, having a good time is probably more important!
Another alternative that you may enjoy is the AUDM App.
With the Audm app, you get to listen to stories from the most prestigious publishers including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and many more.
With new stories added every day, you can get to the articles you actually want to listen to.
Unfortunately, the app is not free. You can learn more about it here – https://www.audm.com/
Free Audible Trial – https://amzn.to/36nOsyw
Free Guide to Cut Audible Subscription Price in Half – https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/10712094/audible-cancel-subscription-membership/
- Make Reading A Serious Goal, And Give It A Time Constraint
Having a timeline can give you a healthy bit of pressure to get things cooking. Make a plan and give yourself a time constraint. Even if you end up drastically changing your plan and your time constraint, it is still good to have had it in the first place to get the ball rolling.
I hope some of the above strategies help you read more! If you think there are some other tips and tricks that I should have added to the article, please add them to the comment section.
All the best,
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