I read a lot.
I bought seven books in the last three weeks and have finished half of them.
I find that most books are much longer than they need to be. It’s as though the writer thought, “in order to qualify this as a book, it needs to be at least x number of pages, so how can I fill the book up?”
Note: these days, I read mostly subject matter books (not as much fiction and poetry as I used to).
Examples include books on search, marketing, usability, analytics, technology, and information architecture. I asked one of our employees to read the usability book and produce a succinct outline. He made a 15 page PDF that captures everything in the much longer book.
One book that is driving me crazy is “Join the Conversation” by Joseph Jaffe. You could distill the book down to about seven pages of bullshit, or two or worthwhile points.
It takes a great mind to produce a book for which every page is really needed.