If agree with much of this article. But if people are speed reading these books then they probably aren’t absorbing much anyway. I say time would be better spent reading a lot fewer books per year and reading them in their entirety. Skimming the table of contents plus first and last sentences of a few select chapters is what people used to do to make buying decisions in bookstores — remember those places? After you decided that the book seemed like it was well written and had substance then you paid, took it home and read it. Not sure how or when flash skimming got confused with reading.