It is pretty common to most people that when they are reading a non-fiction book, whether it is for fun or for school, skimming or going through those texts quickly is normally made. The reason for this is that most non-fiction books are not usually structured like that of fiction books. According to Harvard Business Review, it pointed out that it is much easier to skim a non-fiction book if you want to. Below are some of the suggestions determined by the Harvard Business Review (HBR), specifically according to Professor Jimenez, in order to make things easier every time you skim through this type of books? The basic step here is just to skim or run through the non-fiction book with the intention on what you want to read. Although you won’t be getting as much information as you can, at least, you will have some glimpse at the pieces of information you skim through. Skimming through it is also a good way to experience that cruise through the book.
Here are the 5 steps you can use so as to easily skim through the book.
Begin With The Author
Whatever you want to do when reading your book, the first thing you should do is to begin with the author. You must know the person behind the book. Who wrote the book? What is his or her biography? How did he come up with this book? If you have the opportunity to get some information on the brief interview or some article online with regards to the bio of the author, you can read it quickly. Aside from knowing the author, you will be able to know the author’s perspective and whether or not he is bias. Also, some books provide a little biography of the author, just run through this page and proceed to your intention.
Title, Subtitle, Table Of Contents, Front Flap
In reading a book, you should never forget to read the title, subtitle, table of contents, and front flap of the book. It is through this means wherein you will figure out whether the book is really what you are looking for. It will give you a big picture with regards to the argument and contents of the book. All of the contents that you will be reading will be laid out, summarily, by the table of contents.
Introduction And Conclusion
Aside from the title, subtitle, and table of contents, the introduction and conclusion is also an important part of the book. This is where the author makes his opening, as well as, closing argument, bias, perspective of the book. You will be getting a little information about what the book is. You can read the introduction and conclusion word for word, just make sure not to spend most of your time analyzing it.
Skim Through The Chapters
After reading quickly the introduction and conclusion of the book, you can now proceed to skimming through the chapters of the book. Simply read the title of every chapter so that you will have a glimpse at what it is about. Then, read a few of the first pages so as to figure out how the author of the non-fiction book wants to use the chapter. By doing this, you will be able to know where this chapter fits in the argument of the book.
End With The ToC
Just as you finish skimming through the chapters of the book, you should always bear in mind to go back to the table of contents. It will help you summarize and recall everything you have skimmed.
Remember these 5 steps, especially when you are in a hurry or have little time to run through the contents of the books.