How to read more effectively

Dr. David Kolb’s
Experiential Learning Theory

Reading promotes empathy. When we read about the experiences of others, we make them our own as well. This makes reading a powerful tool for experiential learning, which we believe is essential for professional development. The diagram below shows how businesspeople can use the experiential learning cycle to get more out of their reading.

Dr.David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory

Effective reading initiatives

We hold and promote a range of events themed around “Books & Community.” This increases the value of the books we publish by helping authors and readers connect with each other in a true community. Event formats we use include:

Author Seminar

The author speaks about the themes of the book and then engages in discussion. Readers in the audience can consider the differences between the author’s opinion and their own and ask questions if anything remains unclear. This offers practice in clarifying and stating a personal position, which is the foundation of productive discussion in any field.

Active Book Dialogue

Active Book Dialogue is a new format designed to help both avid and occasional readers encounter a wider range of books more quickly. Developed by Sotaro Takenouchi in 2017, the system divides books up between participants, each of whom reads and summarizes a different part. Discussing the whole book as a group helps participants reach a deep understanding of what the author hoped to convey. By challenging participants to read books they might not otherwise try, it also broadens reading horizons.

Biblio Battle

At a Biblio Battle, several presenters make a five-minute presentation to the audience recommending a particular book. Once all the presentations are complete, the presenters and audience decide which book they are most interested in reading. The Biblio Battle format was developed by Kyoto University graduate students in 2007, and gives participants a chance to practice asserting ideas and opinions. It also encourages a deeper understanding of how personality, knowledge, and background influences the reading experience.