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Reading is a fundamental skill necessary for success in school. (It is also important for preparation for college and for vocation). Every job whether in the home, school, office, factory or farm requires some type of reading. For an effective participation in a democratic society reading is all the more important for every citizen. Of course, even for pleasure and entertainment reading has certain unique advantages over other media because the reader is free from outside control or pressure, in terms of choosing his material, time and place to read. In short, competence in reading is essential for success and satisfaction in academic, social, political, vocational, and personal life of the modern man.

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