Understanding Books

Reading is passive learning, but needs to be transformed into active learning to be truly effective

Books Don’t Work. Therefore, one of two things (or both) need to happen:

  1. Create a new medium that does work Where “work” means “effectively teaches something”
  2. Create a reading strategy that makes books work

how might we design mediums in which “reading” is the same as “understanding”? …I believe that the answers to questions like these can transform the pace of human knowledge, echoing the transformation which books themselves sparked so long ago. [1]

Approach To Reading 1


  1. A. Matuschak, “Why books don’t work.” https://andymatuschak.org/books/ (accessed Jun. 11, 2020). ↩︎