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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...

What device are you reading on?
December 15, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle deviceOur friends at Book Riot have been on fire in the last week or so, posting a ton of great stuff. One of my favourite posts of the week was this participation-required roundup called 'What Are You Reading On?' At the time I myself took the poll, 49% of respondents had listed an e-ink Kindle amongst their stable of devices, which surprised me. I was anticipating that more people than not would have abandoned their Kindles for the world of the tablet. So...why haven't they? Why are e-ink devices still holding their share in the marketplace? I think that for many serious...

James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
November 19, 2014 | 10:25 am

snowWe had our first big snowfall of the year on Monday! And I was all ready, with new boots, a warm hat and fleecy mittens. The only aspect of my life that was hit hard? My reading life! One of the side effects of the loss of physical page turn buttons has been a dip in my reading as soon as mitten-and-glove weather hits, because I favour my iPhone when I am commuting, and you can't use it with be-mittened hands. I don't know if my snowy home makes it worth upgrading my Paperwhite to the Kindle Voyage, and I don't...

Must you finish every book you’re reading?
November 13, 2014 | 10:25 am

reading on a tabletI caught this provocative essay during my vacation and wasn't able to respond to it,  but since the fine folks at Book Riot are still talking it  I figure I am fair game to weigh in, even a few days late. The question: must you finish every book you're reading? The arguments Juliet Lapidos presents in the 'yes' camp are briefly, that finishing every book you read teaches you fortitude, persistence and respect. How can I rebut against that? With three words: life is too short. That's it. That's my answer. Life is too short to read bad books. On the 'fortitude...