I enjoy my reading and is one habit that I have followed the most since childhood. Last year I had pre-decided to spend less time reading the web and more time reading books [in physical and digital format].
Result of this?
And I did end up finishing nearly 6 books on my iPad.
I am determined to consume more information this year using some of the reading habits I picked up throughout last year.
I trolled through Twitter to find top 1% of Pocket readers and I am impressed. Example here, here [he must be an amazing speed reader] and here.
As per Pocket stats I am among the top 5% of readers on their service.
Apart from using Pocket, I have completed reading 9 books this year with two more on the go. And I have read a lot using Zite app. My estimate is at the very least I would have read at least 2 million words this year and this does not include Facebook, Twitter, email, work related readings etc. Was it all useful? Most likely not? But I am definitely a bit wiser because of all that I have read.
This brings me to my question of quantifying reading. We need services where we can quantify our readings, measure them, dissect them and get more insight. This kind of service will provide an insight on what we read the most, the topics of our likings and dis-likings, where we spend the most time, authors that we like, authors that we don’t like, our passions, etc. We could use that information to measure how we have integrated what we have read in our lives. We could have a ‘Reading Health Factor‘.