Don’t just read books. READ books.

Reading a book implies “finishing” them. It’s akin to the 20 million people who have bought and read the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. That does nothing.

READING a book, on the other hand, involves really understanding what’s in it. How do you do that? Here are a few ideas.

Take notes. See how Derek Sivers does it.

Keep bookmarks as you read, and go back and take note of the learnings. Put the learnings up on a blog or email it to a few friends. If you can think of no one who would like such an email, feel free to email it to me on I LOVE these! (For the long term, it might also be worth finding a few geeky friends.)

Start a book discussion club with 2-3 friends who are geeky enough to love idea. Pick a book for the week and discuss learning. A great way to learn is to teach.

Start a book learning group at work and do one lunch per week where you each share your biggest learning.

Summarize a book in 3 pages and send it across to 10 people.

Some of these are better than others. Besides, once you get started, I’m sure you’ll figure out a better way that actually suits you.

And yes, I am aware there’s no difference between “reading” and “READING”. It’s akin to “listening” and “LISTENING” (i.e. really listening).

We all know it makes all the difference the world.