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About the Author

Abby Marks Beale is the founder of The Corporate Educator (formerly The Reading Edge), a speaking and training business that specializes in helping busy people work smarter, faster, and just plain better. She is also the creator of "Rev It Up Reading," a popular open enrollment workshop that helps experienced readers get up to speed with what they read. Her extensive client list includes Fortune 500 companies, associations, schools, government agencies, and individuals. She is a member of the ASCD Faculty (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development), an exclusive team of expert consultants who craft, design, and deliver individualized professional development programs for educators. Abby is also the author of 10 Days to Faster Reading (Warner Books, 2001). Abby holds a B.A. in Spanish from Boston University and an M.S. in Adult Learning from Southern Connecticut State University. For more information, log on to Abby's web site at TheCorporateEducator.com.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 6.1.2001 edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446676675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446676670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Dan N on September 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just finished this book and it was fantastic help to my reading speed. I am a physician who always has a stack of reading, and this book deals not only with reading the stack faster, but also managing the stack.
The book has two main advantages. First, is that it is concise enough to manage and significantly improve in 10 days. Second, it has great examples to help you improve. Its hands-on approach allows you to improve quickly.
I have read the other reviews about concerns with comprehension, and I have improved with my comprehension. I tend to pay more attenition to the parts of a reading that are important.
My only regret is that I did not find this book while I was in school. This is a fantastic resource for students. It will not only improve your reading, but do it very quickly with less work. I have read other resources, including Stephen Berg's, and find they have approaches that you cannot learn quickly or easily as this method.
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Smedes on February 24, 2006
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I am allergic to books that make big claims, and the title of this book did not look so promising. It was recommended by Julie Morgenstern in her book "Time Management From the Inside Out", and although I was suspicious, I did buy this book mainly because it was not too expensive.

Now, having worked through this book, I must confess: the book is worth every penny! This is simply a wonderful book that makes you read really a lot faster in only minutes a day. The title tells the truth! Marks-Beale gives great tips (most of which I had not found in other speed-reading books) and the exercises are great. I find myself browsing through this book over and over again.

One of the charms of the book is that Marks-Beale does not - unlike some other books - give much detail about why we read slowly and how speed-reading works. No, instead she simply starts immediately with the drills and the tips that, with some effort, give results in a matter of days or less. Not so much theory, but practice!

This is a book that I warmly recommend to PhD-students and colleague-professors at my faculty (Theology). And since (as a philosopher of religion) I have to read lots and lots simply to keep up with the literature, I constantly practice the things I learnt from this book.

Highly recommended!!
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Gabriel Lance on July 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I first bought this book I wasn't expecting much. It seemed unreasonable that reading speed could be increased greatly in a short period of time. I bought it anyway, however, in hopes that it might have valid suggestions to improve reading speed that I could develop over time.
It was a tremedous surprise when I more than TRIPLED my reading speed in just four days! When I began I was a slow to average reader (200 WPM). After four days I was able to read at nearly 650 WPM. However, comprehension is a different story. When I read quickly I find it hard to retain information. The book assures me that with practice I will begin to retain more of what I read. I am finding that this is true.
In conclusion, you should be able to learn how to read much faster (not necessarily triple your speed though) in just 10 days. But after learning how to read quickly, it will take a great deal of practice to gain the comprehension you had before.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R Roth on April 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had the opportunity to read "10 Days to Faster Reading," by Abby Marks-Beale. I found it an excellent book, the main focus being on how to read faster, but she also touches on how to more efficiently and effectively manage other areas of your professional and personal life.
The book is very well organized and is very encouraging and upbeat. She constantly reminds one that because they are currently a slow reader, they do not have to remain that way. There are chapters on the key issues such as speed, concentration, previewing, comprehension, technical reading and studying. There are also important sub points on things like note taking, key words and phrases, newspaper and E-Mail reading. There are good summary tables (pgs 64, 76 & 118 for example) as well as tests for speed and comprehension to give you feedback on your progress.
The author also uses her experience as an "excutive coach," to help people use their time better; to determine what they should and should NOT be reading or doing, how to manage their day for better productivity, as well as how to make more time in your personal life. Even if one is not interested in improving their reading speed, I would recommend reading this section of the book.
Overall, I found this an excellent book, would recommend it not only for people who want to improve their reading speed, but also for those who would like to get a better handle on their professional and personal life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "kathy_wong" on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I worked through the 10-day program illustrated in the book. The result is amazing! With continuous practice after the program, both my reading speed and comprehension improved dramatically. The author offered many different ways to develop skills to achieve two major goals: faster reading and better comprehension. I've tried all the methods and found the ones that best fit my own needs. I am sure for those who need to read a lot everyday (especially non-fiction material) will be treasured by this simple self-training guidebook.
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