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Entries in Books (4)


Why You Have to Read "Drive" by Dan Pink

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[Review] Vook: Books and Videos come together - but is that a good thing?

I've been following Vook (the company) for awhile and was excited to see that they've wasted no time releasing their first Vook (the product). For a customer and reviewer, the nomenclature and lack of distinction between the company and the product can be a real PITA.

As for the product, here's a description from

A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story.

Given current trends - the challenges of the book publishing industry, the adoption of ebooks, the use of the iPhone and other portable devices becoming more pervasive, near ubiquitous wireless broadband - I found the concept of Vook (the product) intriguing. This review is based on a thriller entitled The Embassy by Robert Doetsch.

There are two types of Vooks:

  1. Those that are sold as iPhone apps
  2. Those that are browser based

Each share the same basic premise - mixing text with complementary video - but with slightly different approaches. Here I review both types.

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Hutch in my Hands

My copy of J.C. Hutchins' Personal Effects: Dark Art arrived today from Amazon. Looks like I'll be hitting the pause button on my current book so I can devour this one over the weekend.


Achieving Goals, Two at a Time

At the start of 2009, I committed to reading two books each week with the premise being that if I could do it for one full year, it would become an ongoing habit.


I've just been too busy to keep up that pace. Even with the help of my Kindle, I've only been able to finish one book per week.

I also made another commitment for this year which is simply to get more exercise. I'm accomplishing that with the help of my dog, Lucy. I walk her at least twice per day for about 40 minutes covering about 2.5 miles each time.

A few weeks ago, I had a "duh" moment and realized that I could combine my exercise goal with my reading goal in order to consume (not necessarily read) my two books per week.

Of course, I'm talking about the use of audiobooks.

I've always been a big fan of audiobooks but when my commute changed from "lots of driving" to "lots of riding the train", I stopped listening to audiobooks and switched to reading (which I prefer).

Now, each week I read one fiction book on my Kindle and listen to one "business" audiobook on my iPod while I walk Lucy. Some books can be longer than others but that's OK - it's just more incentive to get out and walk some more.

What am I reading now? I just started Daemon by Daniel Suarez (recommended by Rick Klau).

What am I listening to now? I'm at the end of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. (A great book that I highly recommend.)

Do you have two tasks that you can combine to help accomplish your goals more effectively?