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The Best Articles in Books

The most useful articles and videos in Books from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Books Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Books by Refind users.

  1. 6 strategies that will make you a better reader — and person
  2. How to make more time to read
  3. I learned a system for remembering everything
  4. People who read live longer than those who don’t, Yale researchers say
  5. The Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are The Most Important -

Videos

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Books—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Books.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Books, including:

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Guardian Books

News, reviews and author interviews plus tweets from the @Guardian and Observer books team. Support the Guardian today: http://support.theguardian.com

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Strand Book Store

Legendary home of 18 miles of new, used & rare books since 1927. Located at Union Square and UWS.📚 Shop online at http://strandbooks.com📕

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Powell's Books

The legendary independent bookstore.

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Books, including:

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Literary Hub

A daily literary website highlighting the best in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and criticism.

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Ryan Holiday

Author of The Obstacle Is The Way, Stillness Is The Key, Ego Is The Enemy @DailyStoic Order my new book Discipline is Destiny at http://dailystoic.com/discipline

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Open Culture

Find our culture posts on the other platforms, which begin with "M" and "P."

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n+1

n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics.

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It’s a mix of human and algorithmic curation, following a number of steps:

  1. We monitor 10k+ sources and 1k+ thought leaders on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.
  2. In addition, our users save links from around the web using our Save buttons and our extensions.
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  6. In addition, we have expert curators who manually curate niche topics.

The result: lists of the best and most useful articles on hundreds of topics.

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We focus on pieces with long shelf-lives—not news. We determine «timelessness» via a number of metrics, for example, the consumption pattern of links over time.

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We monitor 10k+ content sources on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.

Which sources does Refind monitor in Books?

We monitor hundreds of sources in Books, including Literary Hub, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ryan Holiday, Open Culture, n+1, and many more.

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