markhavemann Posted April 15, 2022 at 11:26 AM Report Share Posted April 15, 2022 at 11:26 AM I had an idea a while back to use Anki to read books, but I couldn't find anything about it on the internet so I might be the first person who do this. I've just finished read a full book (Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life 《人生十二个法则》) only in Anki to see if it would work. It's actually been a much better learning tool that I imagined it would be, so I thought I would share it as I start my next book, 《三体》. Actually I've already read about a third already, but it was some time back and I thought I would start over. The first thing I should say is that the reading part is linear and doesn't actually used the SRS part of Anki. There is no repitition, even though it's in Anki. I've included the deck package for 《三体》 if anybody wants to try (is this ok? not sure if I'm breaking site rules here). I haven't used it yet or tested importing it so I'm not sure if there are any big issues, but I'll be happy to try fix them if anybody else finds this useful. 三体.apkg活着.apkgankiImportFile三体II·黑暗森林.tsv Why? So here's my rationale for using Anki for something so far away from what it was meant for: Bite sized bits of language - each card contains only a sentence or a phrase Read on the go, and sync reading progress between devices easily Looking up words is easy (copy and paste on PC, and Pleco is directly accessible from inside Anki on mobile) Marking things you don't know, or want to check later is really easy, and also syncs between devices Easy flashcards - keeping a sentence with a new word (or that you just want to review later) is so easy, and can just be moved into one of your other anki decks that you actually SRS with. It's easy to set a daily reading goal, and those goals are nice and measurable which is motivating (I make it 20 cards a day, and usually do more than that) How? That's the why, this is the how: Use a script to automatically split a whole book into flashcards (12 Rules for Life had 5500, Santi has 7000+) Set the interval so high that you will never see a card twice At the end of every week or month, check all the cards that you have marked (starred), look up words, move to other decks, convert to another card type, whatever you want. Delete all cards that you've already reveiwed (and haven't repurposed) so you never see them again Keep reading How it Looks Each card has: previous line for context (if you decide to keep the sentence, but it also helps to stop your eyes from getting confused when changing to the next card) the current line next line for context Unique ID for the card, (book name) progress through the book (this is card 2 out of 7533) I think there is some other functionality put in here but I can't remember. Anki Settings These are the settings I use to make sure I don't have reviews the next day. I can't remember which ones are important. ankiImportFile三体II·黑暗森林.tsv 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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