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How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life Paperback – September 4, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399537615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Wilbur is a 10. That is, a 10 after adding up his three best features: Physique (3), Face (5), Personality (2).

Dan is a comedian, writer, and avid video game player living in Brooklyn, NY. He has read nearly half of nearly half of all the books he owns.

If you like Dan, even a little, it's probably because you've seen his writing or you're his parents. His writing is featured on Collegehumor.com, McSweeney's, the Onion News Network on IFC. Dan is the creator and editor of Better Book Titles. "How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life" (Perigee) is his first humor book.

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Dan Wilbur is a 10. That is, a 10 after adding up his three best features: Physique (3), Face (5), Personality (2).

Dan is a comedian, writer, and avid video game player living in Brooklyn, NY. He has read nearly half of nearly half of all the books he owns.

If you like Dan, even a little, it's probably because you've seen his writing or you're his parents. His writing is featured on Collegehumor.com, McSweeney's, the Onion News Network on IFC. Dan is the creator and editor of Better Book Titles. "How Not to Read: Harnessing the Power of a Literature-Free Life" (Perigee) is his first humor book.

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From page one to page last, it's a book, through and through.
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It's a very funny book about how we interact with books, and will amuse anyone familiar with and/or interested in book culture.
Arabella Carey
Most of the most "booky" books I have read in a long time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Neagg on December 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book over a year ago but I haven't read it because I prefer to respect authorial intent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick Turner on December 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
I usually only use Amazon to buy shoes. When a friend recommended "How Not to Read" I immediately purchased it considering it was way cheaper than the shoes I normally buy. After opening this product I immediately had doubts about whether or not it would stay fastened to my feet and provide protection from the elements. After more attempts than I care to admit, I gave up and began to look for other uses for this darn thing. It wasn't a shoe and it wasn't a shirt. It wasn't a plate and it wasn't a playstation. It wasn't a towel and it wasn't a tong. After 7 days of trying different ways to use it, my wife came back(she had taken the kids and moved out the day I ordered this product). Upon entering the house and witnessing me gently resting the book on top of some freshly cooked pasta she screamed, "That's not a bolognese sauce! That's a book!" We are still separated.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arabella Carey on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Don't fret about the title--Dan Wilbur wants you to read, his book and others, and if you have a sense of humor, you'll find How Not to Read completely charming. Wilbur's wonderful Tumblr, Better Book Titles, is represented here, but there's much, much more. It's a very funny book about how we interact with books, and will amuse anyone familiar with and/or interested in book culture. It's a book for book lovers, of course. An excellent present, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jose Martinez on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book has a book-ness to it that makes it a book like all other books in history have been books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had brought a cold home with me from Germany. The sky was that fading blue where you're not really sure if the dawn or dusk was approaching. On my bookshelf I saw the red cover of this book and picked it up, flipped around its pages like a card dealer does with a new deck. Inside I found sentences, paragraphs, indents. It was then I realized that this was a book I owned.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ariketh on October 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
No really, I totally read this.

I particularly liked the part where I was eaten by a wolf.

Now I'm off to refrain from reading...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stereos and cooking on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book it has four corners,
four corners, has this book,
and had it not four corners,
it would not be this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hannah schneider on September 15, 2012
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This book is a hilarious, intelligent and strangely insightful into literary culture in the age of the internet. I have a kindle, but this is definitely worth owning a hard-copy of so you can flip to the middle and show people the photoshopped book covers. (The one Wilbur did for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn actually had me in tears I was laughing so hard.) This is my go-to holiday gift this year, ESPECIALLY for anyone that's ever set foot on a liberal arts college campus.
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