Credo of the bookworm

I'm a hopeless case of a typical bookworm - I don't read books, I just devour them. Fiction, non-fiction, tech: everything. In general people in the industry acknowledge the fact...

4 years ago

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I'm a hopeless case of a typical bookworm - I don't read books, I just devour them. Fiction, non-fiction, tech: everything. In general people in the industry acknowledge the fact that we're supposed to keep learning or we're out of business (and books can help a lot here), but I keep hearing such statements every now & then:

"Knowledge in books gets outdated before they reach the massprint. Internet is XXI century books' replacement."

"As reading tech books is digging through theory, what you can achieve at most is absorb this theory - wouldn't it make sense to read half as much & spend the saved time on applying theory in practice even more?"

"I've skimmed through your reviews -> you seem to read several books on the same topic (agile, lean, testing, Hadoop, R, Scala) sometimes. What's the point - don't you get through pretty much the same content?"

These questions DO make some sense. As long as you treat reading books as just assimilating "dry" knowledge. Fortunately, reading tech / agile books servers some other purposes & brings several other, significant benefits that shouldn't be ignored:

The cover image was taken in Municipal Library of Prague - http://www.mlp.cz/en/

Sebastian Gebski

Published 4 years ago

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