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Don’t Hack Around: Work from Home Tips- Reading

Publication: The Daily Pioneer

Date: 18/01/2022

With rising Covid-19 cases led by the Omicron and Delta variants across the world, Work from Home (WFH) is back to April 2020 levels in countries that had partially opened for the workforce to return in a hybrid format. Global MNC’s had devised the hybrid model which allowed people to work from home for 2-3 days a week and asked them to come to the office the remaining working days. For people with un-halted regular incomes, the last two years have gone by in the confines of their homes, spending time with their families, cooking and cleaning on their own, gardening, sleeping late, binge watching on OTT platforms, and ordering anything they needed online. A significant population did make use of their time by indulging in passion hobbies buried within for years. Some discovered their new talents and explored them to good use.

Work from Home is here to stay even if Covid-19 and its infamous variants vanish overnight. The benefits of WFH outperform the negative impacts by many miles. Here are some of the tips you may want to do to put your idle time to use. Today’s series first tip is on reading habits and sources.

Reviews on Books: If you love reading books but can’t decide which one suits you best, go to www.goodreads.com and get a review of your favorite genres, authors, and topics. Another online source is to look at the comments and reviews on Amazon and Flipkart to help you decide which book is going to be your next weekend read. 

Free Snippets on Apps: Before you buy your next book to read, try to search for a free snippet Google Books usually gives a preview of the book that you may want to read. A few pages read gives a good glimpse of how the book is narrated by the author and style of writing. Some publishing apps also provide free snippets to read through the excerpts of the books.

E- Books: E Books are available online for books, genres, and authors especially books that are years or decades old. Project Gutenberg offers more than 57,000 free eBooks from the public domain for you to choose from. Google e-bookstore gives access to a huge set of free ebooks to browse and select.

Cheap Kindle Versions: If your luck is working in your favor, you may find an offer with dynamic pricing of Kindle versions of books that have been recently launched. A recent book of a prominent author in the historical genre was selling at low as Rs 29 for a limited period!

Read Books You Already Have: It’s sometimes amusing to find that one seeks new books without finishing the stack already at home. Search through your libraries at home and pile up the unfinished books and set a target to finish reading them (considering they were not boring books).

Borrow: If nothing works and you don’t want to end up buying a book you are not sure about, go to the old school idea and borrow from your like-minded bookworm friend who could lend you some books to get past your time. An exchange with a book in your collection will be ideal.