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Where to find free non-literary book summaries?

This summer I have a lot of reading to do: some books about physics and math applied to sports, others about evidence-based sport conditioning, objectivism, ... stuff that built up because I didn't had to read it. When I read books I like to have a top down view of the subject but most books' introduction fail to do so, either because it is too short and not enough to give a good overview of each chapter or because they not even try to summarise the contents of the books and on how to use the book. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Aug 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Educate me on modern mathematics!

My math knowledge ends just past Newton. What books provide a good, relatively general-audience introduction to the past 150-250 years of problems and developments in mathematics? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.

How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 18, 2012 - 26 answers

Short story for dictation

Looking for a short story to read to my school class for them to practice dictation. [more inside]
posted by Morsey on May 8, 2012 - 12 answers

How can I get a hold of a brand new Lead21 Phonics Companion or Practice Companion?

Hello, How do I get a hold of a Lead21 Practice Companion or Phonics Companion for my 3rd grader? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Apr 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Suggestions for young adult novels?

Any suggestions for young adult novels in English for a reading class of high-level Japanese university students (18-19 years old)? [more inside]
posted by ameca on Mar 21, 2012 - 17 answers

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

adult literacy information

I have a friend in his mid 20s who has, I would guess, a 9th-grade literacy level. I'd like to help him bring that up a bit, so he is more successful in school (he just started at a community college taking business classes). I don't know where to begin! There's soooo much information on the net, I'm having a hard time processing it. Can you suggest a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Sep 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Reading Impasse

How do I get my 6-year-old daughter to read? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Jun 12, 2011 - 63 answers

Which NYC preschools teach kids to read?

What New York City Preschools teach children reading before they get to kindergarten? I'm looking for names. Thank you!
posted by SarahWriter on Jan 10, 2011 - 2 answers

How to get my young cousin hooked into reading

How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Dec 27, 2010 - 42 answers

Please, no more Berenstain Bears.

Please recommend short books (15-35 min from start to finish) for middle schoolers who read at the 3rd through 5th grade level. [more inside]
posted by halogen on Nov 18, 2010 - 10 answers

WHEN is best time to do homework with 6 year old?

WHEN should I have my six year old first grader do her homework? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Oct 19, 2010 - 21 answers

What was this microfilm gadget called?

'70s microfilm technology filter - what do (did) you call a gadget for testing or enhancing reading ability by having a student look through a viewer and read one line at a time? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Famous books that are easy to get into.

What are some famous and/or culturally influential books that are not hard to dive into? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Sep 24, 2010 - 51 answers

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact?

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Books for kindergartners please!

Help my brother teach sequencing to Kindergarteners.. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Jul 31, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Something Something Books are awesome

Quotefilter: I know, I know, two in a row, but there is a fantastic quote about fostering a love of reading that I am looking for now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on May 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Biography on William Henry Harrison?

Can anyone recommend a good biography of United States president William Henry Harrison? [more inside]
posted by GatorFan2000 on Apr 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Teaching English, reading and writing to a 15 yr old street kid who's never been to school.

Do you have any advice for teaching English comprehension, as well as reading and writing, to a fifteen year old Filipino street kid who's never been to school a day in his life? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

Libraries are awesome

I've taken responsibility for a very small children's library and I'd love your ideas for making it awesome. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Sep 3, 2009 - 14 answers

Did Richard Feynman have a brother?

I'd like to learn about biology. Can you recommend some books to get me started? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on Jun 30, 2009 - 21 answers

Nonfiction accessible to the layman?

Nonfiction accessible to the layman? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Dec 16, 2008 - 19 answers

I don't think the names of foodstuffs is going to cut it.

What is the best way for me to learn Spanish in order to pass a reading test? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for an online store to easily find and purchase popular/classic books translated/written in European French. Mag subscriptions too!

I'm looking for popular books, novels, magazines, comic books...in European French (not Canadian French). I'd also like to be able to easily order/purchase them from home (preferably from places like Amazon.com). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Dec 4, 2007 - 8 answers

nulla die sine linea

I want to be a man of letters, but I'm grotesquely undereducated. How do I make time for self-cultivation amidst the never-ending responsibilities of normal life? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Nov 1, 2007 - 45 answers

Language Limbo

JapaneseLanguageFilter: I am looking for good practice reading materials that are a happy medium. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jun 10, 2007 - 9 answers

You were doing 80 in a 20 mph zone.

Is there a correct speed for reading? [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy on Feb 4, 2007 - 14 answers

What are some strategies for academic reading?

Gradstudentfilter: What are some strategies for reading 500-900 pages of academic text per week? [more inside]
posted by carmen on Jan 23, 2007 - 42 answers

Best Computer Reading Games for a 6-Year-Old?

What educational computer games are best for teaching a 6-year-old to read? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Jun 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Is listening to an audio-book less intellectually stimulating than reading the same book?

Is listening to an audio-book less intellectually stimulating than reading the same book, especially in terms of literacy and increasing vocabulary?
posted by nthdegx on Dec 18, 2005 - 19 answers

How to excite my child about learning...?

Seeking books on supplemental home schooling and helping teach your kids. [more inside]
posted by bkdelong on Jul 27, 2005 - 3 answers

Recommendations for computer books

What computer books should I buy? i've been given 250 Euro's of book tokens for Waterstones (large UK chain). As I'm in Brussels, I can't thumb through the shelves, but will have to order them, I would appreciate any ideas.

Primarily I am interested in dreamweaver MX, Photoshop 7.0, PHP, asp and website and network management etc.
posted by quarsan on Dec 20, 2004 - 10 answers

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