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The best information source to learn and understand things are (nonfiction) books written by the best in their fields. I read every book I start thoroughly, from the first line to the very last, which I can only recommed. "Speed reading" makes as much sense as "speed watching" a movie would, or "speed listening" to music — or "speed observing" a grandmaster when attempting to learn from them; you sure get the general tone and a few isolated bits and pieces, but it's far from the real thing and totally lacks the synergetic effect (since a whole is always more than the mere sum of its parts). Here are some tips for your reading/learning experience: 1. Mark particularly interesting sentences or paragraphs with a vertical pencil line next to them in the margin, and list the page in pencil on the first suitable (near-blank) page of the book. 2. You might also mark errors in the book, be it typos or others. I do so with a wiggly line in the margin next to the affected line and make correction marks within the line itself. Sending error lists to publishers or authors, before I became a professional proofreader and editor, I have received many nice thank-you gifts back, got honorable mentions in books and even build some friendships. 3. Use a blank piece of paper as your bookmark. Jot down short notes and keywords on everything from the book that you want to dig into deeper, either on the internet or by follow-up books. 4. Don't limit yourself, freely follow your inspiration and interests. One topic will lead to another, it's just one world after all, so everything is interconnected with everything else in the end. 5. Plan your reading and learning. Reading a book takes time, and there are many good books. So make a reading plan and update it from time to time. Depending on how many books you have before you, there can be several factors going into the equation, including your interests, needs, career plans, a learning strategy, going for a wide spectrum (many short books first) or focussing deeply on one tome or the works of one author, and so on and on. 6. Don't waste your time with "literature". A good novel now and then can surely be good entertainment and thus life quality, but the information density of literature is usually very low compared to nonfiction.
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