March 5, 2010
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How To Read More Books

Aaron Swartz offers candid tips for reading more books. Some are straightforward: always have a bunch of interesting books on hand so there will always be something you want to read. Other tips are effective but unusual:

3. Alienate everyone close to you. The biggest consumer of time is undoubtedly other people, in large measure because talking to other people is so fun that you don’t notice time going by. By keeping yourself away from other people (living alone is a good start), you free up an enormous amount of time for reading.

Aaron reads more books than I do, so he's on to something.