Read­ing books is a real plea­sure, which also brings great ben­e­fits, devel­op­ing the intel­lect, train­ing mem­o­ry, broad­en­ing one’s hori­zons. It would seem that in the age of elec­tron­ic tech­nol­o­gy, read­ing the usu­al paper books should come to naught, but we still pre­fer to hold a heavy cov­er with paper pages in our hands. And what is the best way to read books to get the most out of it?

Multi-sensory communication experience

Yes, with the advent of elec­tron­ic gad­gets, peo­ple got the oppor­tu­ni­ty to find and down­load almost any book on the Inter­net, but sci­en­tists who pub­lished the result of their study in the jour­nal Mul­ti­sen­so­ry research proved that elec­tron­ic books can­not replace the tra­di­tion­al print­ed for­mat. After all, read­ing is more than just extract­ing infor­ma­tion from a text. This is an expe­ri­ence of mul­ti-sen­so­ry inter­ac­tion, when a per­son enjoys the appear­ance of the book and the sen­sa­tions received dur­ing tac­tile con­tact. Some peo­ple like the rustling of the pages, while oth­ers enjoy the smell com­ing from them.

The smell of old, strong-smelling works, like no oth­er, can evoke nos­tal­gic asso­ci­a­tions in the read­er. Thus, we can safe­ly say that the elec­tron­ic for­mat, so pop­u­lar in the era of uni­ver­sal dig­i­tal­iza­tion, can nev­er com­plete­ly replace the mul­ti-sen­so­ry expe­ri­ence of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with books, and besides, paper books are bet­ter than a tablet for read­ing to chil­dren.

4 ways to read

4 ways to read

Amer­i­can philoso­pher, teacher and edi­tor Mor­timer Adler gives 4 ways to read books:

  • ele­men­tary. This is a com­mon and well-known way to every­one, when a per­son sim­ply reads the text at a pace con­ve­nient for him;
  • inspec­tion. Often it com­bines read­ing “diag­o­nal­ly”, when a per­son quick­ly scans the page with his eyes. Why read fast? You can­not do with­out this skill if you have to process a huge pile of edu­ca­tion­al and oth­er mate­r­i­al in a short time. The task of the read­er is to under­stand what is impor­tant in the text, and what is sec­ondary and does not deserve atten­tion;
  • ana­lyt­i­cal. This way of read­ing pro­vides for a thor­ough study of the mate­r­i­al with thought­ful immer­sion, mak­ing notes in the mar­gins, deci­pher­ing incom­pre­hen­si­ble terms and expres­sions;
  • research. To study the pro­posed mate­r­i­al, the read­er uses addi­tion­al sources, includ­ing sci­en­tif­ic ones, look­ing for evi­dence and refu­ta­tion of the stat­ed facts.

Of course, the type of read­ing depends on what kind of book you are going to get acquaint­ed with — fic­tion, sci­en­tif­ic, edu­ca­tion­al or pop­u­lar. Much depends on the skills, because the abil­i­ty to work with the mate­r­i­al comes with expe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and years. In any case, the choice of each book must be approached respon­si­bly. Not every­thing that is offered in book­stores today is wor­thy of being moved to the book­shelf. It makes sense to get acquaint­ed with reviews and reviews, study the con­tent, and maybe even get acquaint­ed with the biog­ra­phy of the author.

When read­ing a work, it makes sense to set a goal in advance, think about what wor­ries you, what ques­tions that life puts before you, would you like to get an answer? How can this work be use­ful to you? When read­ing, delve into the essence, immerse your­self in the mate­r­i­al with your head, con­cen­trate on the text with­out being dis­tract­ed by any­thing else. Only then can you get the most out of read­ing.

Pub­lished on 08.09.2022 14:06

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The Mul­ti­sen­so­ry Expe­ri­ence of Han­dling and Read­ing Books / Spence C // mul­ti­sen­so­ry research - 2020

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