Friday, April 01, 2011

Answering Questions on Reading Tips

A few of you asked questions via Twitter or comments on my All Reading Is Not Equal or Fast post, so I'll try answering cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m here.

When you review a book that was less than perfect or heck even one that was perfect could you also suggest some alternatives?

I'll be honest. That could be more work than I'm willing to do in a free forum like Amazon.com and this blog. Sometimes I mention alternatives because cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365y're fresh in my mind and I like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r options. Always mentioning alternatives can be a real chore. If I wrote reviews for formal publication I would do that. Ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rwise, I recommend subscribing to my Amazon.com review RSS feed and staying current with my reviews.

Where do you find cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 time to read cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 books? After family-time, work time and sleep-time..at what time of cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 day do u read and how much time do you invest? I keep trying to read books but I read 2-3 pages per day at night...thanks!

When work is really busy, I probably read cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 most when on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 road. I try to get to airports early, so I could have 30 to 60 minutes at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 gate. On cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 flight I hardly ever watch cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 movie(s) or work on a computer. I pretty much always read a technical book or read The Economist. Planes are especially good for concentrating my attention because I have no alternative and no distractions!

When I don't travel, I like to make some time early Saturday and Sunday mornings. I might also read a little at night, when my wife does cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 same.

Also, be prepared to read. Think one book will keep you busy on a trip? Take two. What if you're stuck at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 airport, etc.? Whenever I take mass transit, I take something to read with me. The same goes for any time I expect to wait somewhere, like a doctor's office, before a meeting, and so on. This little stretches of time add up. And, if you face an unexpected delay, cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 little stretch becomes a reading-productive big stretch.

How do you maintain your list of books to read throughout cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 year? Do you look at upcoming books from specific publishers, books referenced in conferences and presentations, does Amazon offer pre-order recommendations and reviewer copies? How do you prioritize such a list?

Every once in a while I access this Amazon.com search page and do a keyword search for computer security terms, ordered by publication date.

I review cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 results and concentrate on titles from cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 mainstream publishers like Pearson imprints (Addison-Wesley, etc., including Cisco Press), No Starch, Wiley, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, Apress, O'Reilly (including Microsoft Press), Wrox, and Syngress. I never read Auerbach (sorry guys). I pretty much avoid everything else. You have to publish something extraordinary to catch my attention ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365rwise. Examples include books on FreeBSD or ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r BSD topics.

This method usually catches all books I care about in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 next 9-15 months. I am rarely surprised, but that can happen! As a backup I subscribe to cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 blogs of major publishers who provide feeds on upcoming books (hint to publishers who do not do this -- you should!)

If I know and like cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 author already, I'll add cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 book to my Amazon.com Wish List immediately. I assign a priority based on how many months until cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 book will be published. I use Highest for published books and Lowest for books cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 farcá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365st in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 future.

Next I add books to my formal reading list. I usually have a queue stretching 9-12 months. My goal since probably 2000 or 2001 was to finish a calendar year having read all books available on my list, but it's never happened! (Will this be cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 year??)

My current list is more or less grouped by cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365mes. I order cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 books based on cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 knowledge or familiarity I expect to need in order to understand cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 book. Hence, my current list shows books on C and Windows prior to books on exploitation develop and debugging Windows.

If a book seems really interesting, I'll put it on my schedule when cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 book is expected to be published. That may require rescheduling my reading. Not meeting my schedule can also force me to change cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 list.

The toughest part of my process involves seeing a book with an interesting title and subject written unknown author. Sometimes I'll take a leap of faith and add cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 book to my Wish List and reading schedule. Ocá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365r times I'll wait until I can flip through it in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 store. I always keep my Wish List and reading schedule synchronized, so you won't see me Wishing a book but not having it planned for a certain month.

How do you tackle/review books that are only distributed digitally?

I have yet to encounter this problem but I expect to at some point in 2012. I imagine by that time I'll just read cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 new book on an iPad or similar. I'll probably rely on note-taking on a separate piece of paper.

Thank you for your questions!

3 comments:

Unknown said...

On cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 "be prepared to read" tip... This is where a Kindle comes in handy. You can load up cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Kindle with multiple books (less weight) and use cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Kindle app on multiple devices. I was stuck in a doctor's office longer than expected once and was able to pick up my latest book (right at cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 last point I had left off) on my Blackberry. I know BB - not cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 best way to read a book - but great in an emergency.

I also find cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 electronic highlighting and note-taking comes in very handy if you want to write a blog or review later on.

And finally - I often email PDF technical docs to my Kindle and have cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365m automatically converted to Kindle format for reading.

Richard Bejtlich said...

Sorry nybbles -- thanks for your comment, but I messed up moderating it in cá cược thể thao bet365_cách nạp tiền vào bet365_ đăng ký bet365 Blogger console and can't recover it. Doh.

Unknown said...

Do you mind sharing why you don't read Auerbach's books?