Reading List

I used to read many more books than I do now, both fiction and non-fiction. But over years I’ve found video, audio and digital media getting added as important channels for learning along with the books.

I find blogs and digital magazines as the best channel for non-fiction as online articles can have embedded links to supporting references and tend to convey the key message better. I’ve started following a lot of youtube channels as while traveling on a bumpy road or standing in a metro train, watching videos can be easier than reading articles on a phone screen but I would say the preference is still 80:20 in favor of written material. However for fiction it’s the other way round, there are stories that Netflix and Prime offer are at such convenience that it becomes much engaging and easier as compared with books and articles.

I’ve seen my average count of paper books to have come down to 5 per year. I tried maintaining a separate page for the books I’ve read and my reviews on those books, but I really don’t see a point in taking all that pain in maintaining it when I can do all that and much more at my GoodReads profile.

My main digital reading happens via Feedly where I follow 500+ blogs which to be honest are getting harder and harder to keep up with. I’ve prepared a more detailed section on this in the digital media list, so do check that out for recommendations.

Twitter and Medium remain my platform of choice to follow interesting people and their opinions, insights and findings. All thanks to Ev Willams!

On a side note, as a reference for self, I started mapping the prominent digital publications in India, to keep myself aware of their inherent bias. I do keep checking other publications as well occasionally. I plan to work on a review of all of these once I get a better grip over their content philosophy.