The Gist. Reading levels of the five hypothesized by Ronald P. Carver, a professor of educational psychology
Mortimer Adler, author of “How to Read a Book,” recommends skimming as “the first sublevel of inspectional reading. Your main aim is to discover whether the book requires a more careful reading.”
In “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read,” Pierre Bayard, a professor of literature, makes a case for skimming as a way to maintain “a reasonable distance” from a book. “Skimming books without actually reading them does not in any way prevent you from commenting on them,” Mr. Bayard wrote. “It’s even possible that this is the most efficient way to absorb books, respecting their inherent depth and richness without getting lost in the details.”The
Article. Dear Book Lover: Skimming vs. Reading: Is skimming the best way to absorb a book? Cynthia Crossen on reading fast and slow.