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It depends on the book, really. There are some very deep books which one should totally take the time to read slowly, comprehend the ideas and retain them to some extent. But lately I've been noticing that the majority of recent non-fiction books are basically filler added around an idea which could have better been an essay. I would definitely speed-read those. My latest example would be https://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-Peter-Gawker-Anatomy-Intri....

Not to mention the numerous pop-sci books which are a detailed history of science in disguise. I'm actually abandoning those. I'm tired of reading about the personality quirks or life stories of Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg, Schrödinger whenever I pick up a book about quantum mechanics.

Life's too short to invest your time (slow read) in filler material.

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