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The Speed Reading Book [Paperback]

Tony Buzan
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Mar 1997 0563383127 978-0563383123 New ed of 3 Revised ed
The world-famous memory expert and the inventor of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan, has obtained international success with the methods outlined in his many highly acclaimed books, including the classic BBC bestseller Use Your Head.

The Speed Reading Book is his revolutionary handbook for everyone wishing to quicken their reading and increase their comprehension, while at the same time expand their general knowledge. This revised edition of the classic text contains a completely new approach based on techniques which use the brain and eyes more effectively to produced even better results.

Buzan discusses his various approaches to reading, study, concentration and learning. Numerous self tests and practical examples enable readers to assess their progress at each stage. Chapters on Mind Mapping allow the reader to use this revolutionary note-taking technique to improve study and increase overall understanding. A discussion of methods that will help to alleviate learning problems and practical ways to read computer screens more quickly are included.

With its flexible, easy-to-use approach, this book proves that reading speeds of more than 100 words per minute are possible. The Speed Reading Book is ideal for students, teachers, executives--indeed everyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; New ed of 3 Revised ed edition (Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563383127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563383123
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,350,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of 'How to Mind Map' and 'Mind Maps for Kids' series. He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. He advises international businesses, governments, educational authorities and Olympic athletes. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages.

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To learn more about how you can improve your 'words-per-minute' even more, buy 'The Speed Reading Book' by Tony Buzan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Double, triple or even quadruple your current reading speed!


Right now vast amounts of data are being produced and transferred around the world. Each year this equates to millions of times more than the information contained in every single book ever published. To succeed in this age of information overload, we need to have skills that enable us to take in and assimilate a lot of information fast.


The Speed Reading Bookwill transform the way you read forever. Tony Buzan’s fifty years of practice and research in speed reading will give you revolutionary reading techniques that have produced some of the fastest speed readers in the world, including the current World Speed Reading Champion. As well as dramatically improving your reading speed, you’ll think faster, more creatively and sharpen your memory.


Speed reading will save weeks, months and even years of your time. Ready to learn one of the most valuable organisational skills in the 21st century? Read on!


I learnt to speed read from Tony Buzan’s clear, step-by-step approach - it's the essential guide to speed reading success!

Anne Jones, six times winner of the World Speed R

eading Championship


--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So simple! So easy! So just buy it! 13 Sep 2001
By Kushal
Reading AND Retention. None of this skimming rubbish. Self-tests, diagrams, examples, practice exercises to train the eyes and brain to take in and retain information at high speed. Excellent.
Listen - if you're reading this then you obviously have an interest in improving the speed and quality of your information intake - Buy this book - And I don't get paid for saying that. It's also got a great Mind Map and vocab section. I started at around 240 word per minute - Now I'm at 600 (after 2 weeks) and with much better recall. 1000 wpm here we come...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 19 April 2012
By Chris
I was a pretty slow reader until recently, despite having bought two other speed reading books, that made very little difference. What I like about this book is that it has lots of exercises that help you get that eureka moment when suddenly you realise that you can both read fast and retain the information.

At this stage I am in chapter 9, but I wanted to share my progress so far, as the exercises for this chapter will probably take a few days or weeks to really sink in. Here is my progress so far with comprehension remaining at 65-80%
Self Test 1: 170 words per minute (wpm)
Self Test 2: 210 wpm
Self Test 3: 280 wpm
Self Test 4: 375 wpm

I have managed to read at 800 wpm but at that rate comprehension takes quite a dip. But it's all about practice.

If you want to increase your reading speed then this book does the job.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
The book is well structured and provides a comprehesive look at speed reading. Inaddition it gives an insight into other topics such as memory retention and vocabulary. On the principle subject of speed reading it is excellent. It should provide anyone with an effective way to increase reading speed with the minimum of time and effort.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I wanted to increase my ability to read things quickly. Although I have no problem with recognising letters and words, I had always found it hard to concentrate on reading long passages. The words seemed to blur into a mess after only a few seconds and I couldn't develop a flow.
After reading this book, I am now able to read very quickly and have found this wonderful for the research I have recently been doing. This would have been impossible without reading the book first.
The book is a must for anyone who finds it difficult to read books or articles and it's written in a way which holds your attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pertinent and to the point 5 April 2014
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Tony Buzan has written many books. Many of them are really good books. 'Use your head' is one of them. This one is more of a brief treatise on speed reading. Nothing wrong with that but if you want a longer more in depth treatment of the subject this is not for you. However, if you know the subject area and want a reminder of the principles this will fit the bill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 19 Aug 2013
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One of the best books written on the subject - the only downside is you will be reading things too quickly and end up spending more money on books :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy product 5 April 2013
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Apart from the fact that "SELF TEST" 4's answers do not correlate to the test, all the exercises gave me a sense of accomplishment. Tests such as these should be applied to schools, in fact when i quailfy i'll revolutionise education in the UK!

I recommend this book to students especially those seeking further education or attending university,ie undergrads.

I am still an average reader, but will improve with practice as per recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Alan A
My copy of The Speed Reading Book is the 1997 BBC edition. Until I read this book, I had a poor impression of Tony Buzan because I felt he spun too much mileage and fuss out of the mind mapping idea. Sure enough, it even rears it's impertinent head in this book! That was my only gripe, since I don't consider mind-mapping to be a speed reading skill. Nevertheless, the rest of the book definitely deserves a five star rating. Originally written over 35 years ago, it is excellent even by today's best standards. It is an extremely comprehensive, well planned, well-written book. It is interactive, with several speed/comprehension tests at various stages of the book. It has a special chart at the back to record your progress as you work through the book and there's a useful index and bibliography. This is the only speed reading book I have read, but it seems to cover every aspect of the skill I could hope for. My reading speed (with good comprehension) very quickly doubled before I was even one quarter of the way through the book. They will need to pry this one from my cold, dead hands!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An excellent book outlining methods for improving your reading speed whilst maintaining excellent understanding.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Kilpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, really interesting.
Very interesting and practical book. You can monitor your progress throughout which is great. Perfect for any students wishing to gain skills in reading faster or for anyone who... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Ryder
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect too much
If you have never thought much about the way you read, either at work or for pleasure, then you may find some useful ideas in this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ShoppingMole
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really sure
I haven't finished it yet.

Shall I let you know in a week or two when I get to the end?
Published 18 months ago by SRC
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The book is good. It has changed my way to helps to speed up learning without frustrating. I would recommend that book who wants learn how to learn.
Published 19 months ago by Jonas
5.0 out of 5 stars The student companion
This is one of the best books I have ever bought. I never knew that my reading speed was so low! But thanks to this book, I am now getting towards the average mark with only two... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bob Seyara
5.0 out of 5 stars even better results than expected
Half way through the book my reading rate was at 475 wpm up from 220 before i started.

When i bought the book, i was only expecting to increase my reading rate, but was... Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Mr. D. J. Marsala
4.0 out of 5 stars Should help most people improve
This book offers something that everyone wants, the ability to process more information faster. The book starts brilliantly by testing the readers starting speed so you can see the... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by M. SMITH
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