For several years, Quick, Hocevar, and Zimmer searched for a simple, concise text to use in their reading classes. However, they could not find a brief text that still managed to address all of the topics and issues they found they needed in order to conduct productive and meaningful courses. As well, they were unsuccessful in finding anything that stressed the application of reading strategies using primary reading sources as the basis of the content, a core idea too often sacrificed for the sake of brevity. It was then that the authors decided to collaborate and write a text to specifically fill all these needs while maintaining a simple premise - sometimes less is more. In this age of information overload, the authors find it imperative that students learn to become better, more efficient readers - and not by reading volumes on how to read, but by exposure to essential reading strategies with a major focus on application using 'real-life' materials, or primary reading sources.