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本の読み方 スロー・リーディングの実践

Author: 平野 啓一郎



"本はどう読んだらいいのか? 速読は本当に効果があるのか?


What’s the right way to approach a book? Is speed reading truly effective? Transform your impoverished reading, mindlessly chasing characters, into a profound and enriching reading experience. Keiichiro Hirano, author of “At the End of the Matinee,” reveals the unique reading method that liberates you from the “speed reading complex.”

Length: 224 pages
Category: fast? (though that would be ironic)


Ebook availability: I think yes, but not totally clear: no kindle version, bookwalker says “only for Japan domestic sale” (aka use a VPN??), ebook Japan lists it. Check via the Natively page if you’re an ebook reader; I am not.

Personal Opinion

Recommended to me via bungakushoujo on the Natively forums, so I figured I’d throw this in as a non fiction nomination, just as something different.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • We like reading, maybe we’ll like reading about getting better at reading?
  • Non fiction is a good change of pace sometimes


  • Apparently the author can be a bit pretentious…
  • Length is quite short by our standards, but OTOH it’s non fiction and I think that tends to be a slower read; plus many of the books used as examples would be in our “slow” category


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Significant effort
  • So much effort my head might explode
  • I don’t know
0 voters