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A summer bookcation might be just what the doctor ordered
May 26, 2015 | 3:25 pm

bookcationThe world is full now of portmanteau words, those blended terms that have the power to surprise and ensorcell us. Think: brunch, climapocalypse, bleisure. Even the word "portmanteau" is a portmanteau in its French iteration. There's also a nice blended word I like this time of year -- "bookcation." A bookcation is when take a break from the real world and settle down for a few weeks in the summertime with a good book, or two or three. It's a time to rediscover the wonderful world of prose and storytelling. Now for your own summer vacation plans, you can take a Mediterranean bookcation...

On Reading a Book You Don’t Like
May 13, 2015 | 2:25 pm

readingToday's Morning Links had a post from Book Riot on the 'benefits' of reading a book you don't like. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it at first; I have written on this topic before, and the short version is that for me, life is too short to read bad books, so I don't. eBooks have made me profoundly less patient---there is plenty more where that came from, whatever the 'that' might be, and if a book is not working for me, I make no excuses about giving it the boot. But then I looked a little closer...

Do You Study, or Do You Read?
March 30, 2015 | 12:25 pm

readAn essay at Book Riot hit my RSS feed today on an always-controversial subject: how to read. I say it's controversial because every time an essay like this comes up, two things happen: the academics comment and say 'hear, hear' and the regular people comment and say 'OMG, lighten up and just read the books if you want to!' I see both sides of this one. But I think that for me, what it comes down to is, as it always seems to be with me, this feeling that it isn't really fair to lump everything together. I remember being a...

What Will People Read 20 Years From Now?
March 20, 2015 | 2:25 pm

crystal-ball-219x300.jpgOur friends at GoodeReader posted an interesting little poll today. They surveyed over 400 people and asked them to predict how people will read in 20 years. Print? Tablet? e-Ink? Unsurprisingly, the poll predicted that eBook technology would continue to remain popular. But what their poll did not ask is WHAT people will be reading on these devices of theirs. So here are my predictions: 1) eBook Subscription Services. I think today's kids are going to be trained by educational websites like RAZ-Kids and TumbleBooks to view eBooks as readily available, and disposable. When you are finished with level 1, you go...

Read More Books This Year
March 4, 2015 | 12:25 pm

read more books this yearThis article has been making the blog rounds, with a deliciously simple idea to motivate you to read more books this year: aim for 10% of a book every day. The article points out that Kindles and other e-devices make it so easy to track your progress, that 10% is a manageable chunk (you can split it into two 5% sessions if you want to) and that many books, when you factor in the index and end matter, aren't even 100% long anyway. These are all good points, and its an interesting idea. But it's a little simplistic for my taste; some...

Quick Reads finds snack-reading between meals can refresh the synapses other opiates can’t reach
February 6, 2015 | 12:25 pm

UK reading advocacy program Quick Reads - operating in partnership with Galaxy Chocolate - has shared a new research study revealing "that those who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives." Dr. Josie Billington at The University of Liverpool produced research to help demonstrate that "readers are 21% less likely to report feelings of depression and 10% more likely to report good self-esteem versus non-readers, equipping them with a greater ability to cope with everyday life." The research has been produced in conjunction with the release of the 2015 Galaxy® Quick Reads’...

The Great Media Filtering Project of 2015
January 27, 2015 | 12:25 pm

amazon_wishlistIn today's Morning Links, I shared a GigaOM article on media habits. Meanwhile, on the other side of the internet was this Lifehacker story on how to cull an over-run Netflix queue. It seems media filtering is on people's minds! The GigaOM article sums it up thusly: "Creating web content is incredibly easy — but filtering content is really hard." And that is as true for books as it is for click bait, Netflix queues, or any other media type. So, if we agree that 'filtering' is a problem, what can we do about it? Our fine friends at Lifehacker have...

2014 in Review, Part 4: Best of Teleread
December 27, 2014 | 10:25 am

year in technologyI wrote hundreds of posts for Teleread this year; to wrap up my Year  in Review, here are some of my favourites! A few of these got tons of comments and prompted some great discussions. Others slipped under the  radar and may be worth a second look. I hope this gives you some good holiday reading! January My Goodreads Wishlist for 2014 The Lost Art of Letter Writing Why is the Kobo App Still So Annoying? The Health Hazards of Wearable Technology Reading Routines: What's Yours? Love the Work, Hate the Artist February Let's Stop Feeding the Tired Publishing Tropes Should JK Rowling Stop Writing? March Specialty Programming: Good News for TV,...

Overpaid $266.5K city manager vs. library books
December 26, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Rashad Young: One of many overpaid city officials in the U.S.Wonder why your local public library is underfunded? Overpay of top city officials could be one reason. Here’s an example from my hometown, Alexandria, VA. The city manager’s $266,508 salary and additional benefits are almost as much as the entire substandard budget for library materials. – D.R Rashad Young, hired at $245K and now paid $266,508 a year, is leaving as Alexandria’s city manager to become city administrator for D.C. In my hometown of 150,000, Mr. Young has been pulling down a bigger salary than that of Vice President Joe Biden, paid $230,700. Across the Potomac, he’ll make $295K in his...

Do You Write in Your Books?
December 17, 2014 | 4:25 pm

write in your booksOur friends at Book Riot have another cool 'Reading Life' feature up this week. Johann Thorsson writes about his new year's 'resolution' to write in his books, as a way to engage in his reading more 'actively.' From the article: "You see, my books are usually still in pristine condition after reading. I bend the spine as little as I can while reading, and I get dizzy just thinking about marking books, even with a pencil. But the idea of reading more actively has been swimming around in the back of my head recently, of somehow immersing myself more in the...

2014 Reading Challenge: How Did I Do?
December 17, 2014 | 12:25 pm

reading challengeA timely article hit my RSS feed recently, from a Book Riot contributor who has set herself the 2015 challenge of...well, not having a challenge. Boy, can I relate! As Jessica Pryde explains: "And then I realized, late this year, that I was reading myself crazy. I was reading while I was catching up on the DVR. I was reading while I was EATING DINNER. I was reading every chance I got. Not because I wanted to, but because I had to catch up...So in 2015, I’m going to give myself a year-long thirtieth birthday present. I’m going to give myself...

Should Reading Be a Tool for Leisure, or a Tool for Personal Growth?
December 15, 2014 | 7:25 pm

readingWhen I first added this Book Riot article to the Morning Links last week, I only gave it a cursory read. The core premise seemed interesting:  writer Jeremy Anderberg proposed a reading goal for 2015, to read 'less'---he wanted to spend his time on other hobbies too, and felt he was too constrained by making reading his default leisure activity. But in the rest of the article, Anderberg goes deeper, and I found his premise grow more debatable. Yes, I too have found my interest increasingly occupied by other activities, and I too relate to his desire to spend his time...

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