I buy a lot of books many of which I don't read sadly due to multiple issues, like the urge to read the full book, I mean I pay for it, so I should read it all, even if I didn't like it.
Thus, I have accumulated a long list of books, hard copies and ebooks, that I didn't read, many got outdated faster than I thought they would.
For example, in 2020 I bought a book about Laravel Queues, and to be honest, I didn't read it yet , and the new version V2 of the book, which was a paid version too, so its not like how ebooks is used to be sold, so this one got no lifetime upgrade policy, released in late 2022 and I also bought that version too, and yet I didn't read it.
Now, just to be clear, the book author has two FAQ which confuses the hell out of me as a non-english speaker, the first Question, he answered that once you buy the book you will get a free upgrade for the lifetime of the book, yet in the second question when he answered about those who bought the first edition, he said we should buy it, so I am not sure now what does the lifetime of the book means, is he talking about the book or the versions, but my assumption that he is talking about the versions not the book as a whole.
Anyway, back to the main idea, what are the new rules, and how I'll use them?
The rules are simple, they are 3 (borrowed from Mark article):
- I don't have to read the full book (nor remember everything I read): I mean lets be honest, not all books can be a joy when you read them, plus, in case of the technical books, most of them repeat the same concept over and over again.
- The book should make me eager to read more after reading 30-50 pages, otherwise I'll just stop reading or check the table of context and just choose the topics I think they might interest me.
- Stop buying every single book I see on the internet, not all books are worth the money, nor all of them have the benefit you think you will get out of it.
- [extra] This one is a bit specific, stay away from Amazon Kindle books, its (kindle) not worth the money, as you are not buying the book you are renting it for a period of time (read this)
So hopefully these rules will help me clear up a huge backlog of books from my list.