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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Education Press; 3 edition (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0960170618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0960170616
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am extremely pleased with the results. I enthusiastically recommend 'POWER READING' to any teacher or student." -- Dr. Joachim Vogeler, Professor, Louisiana State University, November 6, 2000

"I really enjoyed POWER READING. It improved my comprehension and speed immensely and helped with my classes and grades." -- D. Kawasawa, Student

"This course definitely works. I have significantly increased my reading speed and comprehension. In addition, my concentration has improved." -- A. Satello, M.D.

"This increase in my comprehension is as important to me as the increase in my reading speed. Definitely recommend it." -- J. Morabe, Executive

"This is a really great course! Reading, absorbing and using the wisdom in Power Reading will open all the other books in the world to you!" -- Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series

"This is simply the best book I've ever read on speed-reading! It's really, really good." -- Klaus Dahl, Internet Product Developer, September 3, 2001

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Power Reading has been developed by Rick Ostrov, the reading instructor who has been seen by more people than any other in history. For years he has been seen on television in every major city in the United States and many foreign countries.

Rick's students read like a list of executives from Americas largest companies - IBM, AT&T, GM - and so on. In addition, he's taught scientists, doctors, lawyers, teachers, secretaries, blue collar workers and thousands of and students.

He is most famous for the documentary done on his class where he taught the entire engineering faculty - 63 Ph.D.'s-full professors - of the University of Texas in Austin. This documentary was used by the world's largest private reading improvement company of which Rick was the top instructor. This was the Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics company. For years Rick was also the star in their television commercials.

Rick left them to pursue his research for more effective methods in reading practical, technical and study type materials. He felt that a heavy emphasis on skimming and scanning in relatively easy materials was conventional but not effective enough for practical, technical and study applications. After years of research and development, Rick created Power Reading: The best, fastest, easiest, most effective course on speedreading and comprehension ever developed!

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Smedes on 6 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
In general, I am allergic to titles containing "Power..." or claims like "the best, the fastest, the easiest, the most effective...ever developed!" Most of the time it's a lot of bull. Nonetheless, I ventured into buying this book, and don't regret it one minute. This actually works! But it is not magic, but will-power that can make it work.
In this book, Ostrov gives wonderful tips and techniques for boosting your reading capabilities. This not only means using your eyes and your brain, but sometimes also your hands (such as working with a pacer). Ostrov is quite realistic and does not make ridiculous claims. Nonetheless, I know from experience that the book works, if one is willing to invest energy and time into it.
As a theologian working at a university, I have to read lots and lots of books and scholarly articles. Ostrov's book is one of the few really good books that gives you really good techniques to boost your reading speed. It certainly worked for me; in my research I am now able to read more books and articles in less time, without losing comprehension. This book is a bargain and worth every penny. If you have to read a lot, buy this book and be amazed of what you are capable of...
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594 of 606 people found the following review helpful
It worked, but did I need the book? 18 Nov. 2004
By Trent Ogren - Published on
Format: Paperback
First of all, this book did help me read faster. I have always been a fairly slow reader but now I am able to control my speed more easily. However, everything I learned from this book could have been summed up in two instructions:

1. Always use your finger or the end of a pen to guide your eyes by pointing it under the words you are reading. (This really helps to make you conscious of the speed at which you are reading, which is surprisingly important.)

2. Every day, read something you chose for 10 minutes at your normal speed and mark where you started and finished. Then try reading that exact same passage in 5 minutes. (This will help you get used to reading faster than you would normally be comfortable with.)

That's it! That's all you need to know. If you buy this book, you will get those two VERY useful pieces of instruction along with 192 pages of poorly written fluff and common knowledge.

An example of fluff: all of Chapter 8 is devoted to telling the reader that he/she can use a pen or a pencil to guide his/her reading instead of his/her finger. Instead of spending one sentence telling the reader this, HE USES AN ENTIRE CHAPTER. How could he fill up an entire chapter about this? Good question. He uses sentences like these to fill up this useless chapter: "I prefer to use a ballpoint pen or a mechanical pencil with the tip retracted. You don't want to mark up your book needlessly or carelessly: they're much too valuable." Despite it being obvious that you don't want to draw on your book when you're using your pen to guide your eyes along the text, he feels the need to reiterate three paragraphs later: "Remember, don't mark up the material, because it can make later reading difficult for you or someone else."

[...]Take heart, though, I suggest you save your time and money by following the two steps above. It turns out those two steps are all you need to have "The Best Course on Speadreading and Comprehension Improvement Ever Developed!"
70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
This is a great course! 16 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great course in a book - I wish I had taken it while in school. My reading and studying would have gone much faster and better.
It was so easy, it only took a few weeks, and now I'm reading more than twice as fast with better comprehension in pleasure and technical material.
It was important to me that the author covered the entire field of reading from increasing comprehension to speedreading, from history to perception, and from fiction and religious reading to technical reading and study and test-taking methods. This information allowed me to see not only why I was reading the way I was, but gave me the motivation to improve my reading speed and more important, my comprehension.
Also, Rick the author, tells you about the techniques used in many other methods, and how and why over the years he evolved and uses the natural, simple approach he does. He starts you with comprehension first, and then gradually increases your speed. I really like Rick's approach, which is having me practice in my own materials and then encouraging me to go out and learn more about reading and speedreading. Plus, Rick cites many other authors and books and he gave me all the resources - he made it very easy since he included a full bibliography and index. This course is very complete!
I highly recommend this book, Power Reading, to everyone if you want to speedread and remember more.
144 of 158 people found the following review helpful
I enthusiastically recommend Power Reading 22 Mar. 2002
By Joachim Vogeler, Professor, Louisiana State University - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am extremely pleased with the results I got from this reading course.
When I began the course, my goals were in terms of
1) Comprehension: to maintain or slightly improve the level of my comprehension,
2) Speed: to double my speed while maintaining the level of my comprehension,
3) Other: to be able to comprehend a vast variety of technical or arcane materials.
During the mid-course exam, I was reading 125% faster.
As I finished the course, I felt comfortable not only with the absolute increase but also with the now excellent level of my comprehension.
The most striking thing about this course, I think, is the recognition that one can read - or one can read more effectively. I could compare it to brushing your teeth: everyone does it, somewhat at least, but some people know how to clean their teeth more effectively than others.
This reading course has given me both the understanding of the mechanisms as well as the tools (the use of the regulator, for example) to determine at which level of speed and comprehension I chose to read.
Power Reading is well organized, easy to read. Having been in the educational business for quite some time, it amazes me how little emphasis educators put on a basic skill such as reading.
But this will change, of course, since I will implement Power Reading in my teaching. I will not rely on elementary school teachers to improve students' reading skills, or hope that some Freshmen English instructor picks up the slack. This semester, I teach a course on "Women in Antiquity" in which each student has to read and review one scholarly book. Before the end of this semester, I will have incorporated Power Reading in my teaching so that my students become power readers who have a choice at which speed or comprehension level they read.
I enthusiastically recommend Power Reading to any teacher or student.
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Borrow It From The Library Instead 11 Jan. 2006
By Dissipate - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought Power Reading by mistake at the bookstore - meant to get Peter Kump's Break-through Rapid Reading instead - and only had time to return it 5 days later. During the 5 days, I read Chapter 1 and browsed through the rest of the book.

Power Reading is to be done over 4 weeks. There are 4 chapters in the book - one for each week. It covers the same speed reading fundamentals every other speed reading book covers: regulation with a finger, having a purpose, how to approach different materials, high-speed techniques.

What I didn't like about Power Reading is that there wasn't much of anything in there. It talks about things like concentration and comprehension, reading purpose, note taking etc, but only skims the surface. I wanted to know why I should be doing the things it recommends and how they would help, but the explanations in there weren't sufficient to satisfy my curiosity and give me a reason to keep the book.

I returned Power Reading 5 days later, exchanging it for Peter Kump's book. Absolutely no regrets. Comprehension and recall/retention of material are very important to me. Having these while reading at tremendous speeds is a true sign of speed reader. Power Reading barely covered these topics, but Break-through Rapid Reading talks a lot about them and gives you drills to improve both.

If you are a beginner, get Peter Kump's book instead. If you are at an intermediate or advanced level, get Peter Kump's book instead. As there isn't any new information in Power Reading and you can finish reading it in a day, you can save yourself some money by borrowing it from the library instead.
53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Best book available 18 Sept. 2002
By Harold McFarland - Published on
Format: Paperback
To put it bluntly, "Power Reading" is one of the best courses on speed reading and comprehension available. I can't say that I doubled my speed or anything like that but then again I was considered a fast reader before reading the book and doing the excercises. Still I moved from 450 words per minute to just over 650. The information is up to date and if you follow the instructions exactly then you can achieve a gain in speed and comprehension whether you are a slow reader or already a fast reader. It was fast, easy and effective, what more could you want from a course such as this? It takes thirty days to complete if you follow the book exactly. Whether you read for business, school, or pleasure, the book is highly recommended for anyone wanting to increase their speed and/or comprehension.
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