Surprising Book Facts

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  • Marcus

    No way that reading 1 hour per day in your field for 7 years makes you an international expert. It will show you how far you are from being an expert.

    • James F. McGrath

      That’s actually what experts know! :-) But seriously, I didn’t count all the hours I spent reading on the subject of my doctoral dissertation. It seems as though it should be more than “an hour a day” but spread evenly over seven years, and thus adding up to 2,555 hours of reading, one could certainly make significant progress. Of course, how much is read does not always indicate how much is understood, so even on that level the statement is problematic.

      • Cosmo Fish

        Not to mention the difference between having only book knowledge and also having hands on expertise. I bet there are Bible scholars who can barely read the original languages.

        Oh well. As we all know, if you put printouts of all the inaccurate “aggregated time spent doing everyday act” infographics on the net one on top of the other, the stack would be long enough to stretch from here to Pluto and back five times.*

        *Source no longer available.

        • James F. McGrath

          But I’ve been reading this infographic for an hour a day for the past seven years, so I think I know what I’m talking about. 😉

  • Joy

    In this technological world many do not have access to a decent bookstore. Ours closed last year. Yes there are a few in town that are small but expensive. Reading for some is a luxury that those who are on “survival mode” cannot afford to do. They barely have enough money to put food on the table let alone buy a book. I personally love to read but don’t have a lot of time during the year to read a good book.

    • justsaying

      Libraries have interlibrary loans so just about any book in the country is at your fingertips for free.

  • TJ

    I’d be interested to see the research behind the “facts.” Is the word “book” to be taken strictly to mean physical paper and ink? Also, what about “book stores?” Were “virtual” environments considered? Further, is the concern with formal academia only? Are there other avenues of gaining knowledge and wisdom? These are some of the questions I believe need to be asked and answered. Hopefully, I’ll find answers as I attempt to track down “The Jenkins Group” and “Brian Tracy” via

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  • Paul Turnbull

    The original has been replaced as he found he couldn’t source the information so he redid it with data he could source:

    • James F. McGrath