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Another testament against the MFA industry
February 12, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Nick Mamatas kindly referenced this interesting post by Internet poet Steve Roggenbuck - whose personal style and deliberate spelling errors and lower case proper nouns on his "Live My Lief" blog, you have to take with a pinch of salt. Because what he does say actually makes a lot of sense in the context of current critiques of the MFA approach to fostering creative writing that I've covered recently - and that other people seem to be adding to all the time. So I hope he doesn't mind me rectifying his spelling and capitalization in places. "In September 2010 i started...

UK Publishers Association revs its snow blowers with Reading for Pleasure literacy campaign
February 10, 2014 | 10:38 am

The UK Publishers Association appears to be preparing a snow job for the first days of spring, with the announcement of its new Reading for Pleasure campaign, designed to highlight and coordinate with "the huge range of inspiring work being undertaken by a variety of charities in the UK to promote reading for pleasure." Charities listed in the PA's brochure guide to the initiative include Beanstalk, BookTrust, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the National Literacy Trust, Quick Reads, The Reading Agency, Save the Children, World Book Day, and World Book...

Morning Roundup: Lines between publisher and platform blur, Does your author website measure up and more
February 10, 2014 | 8:55 am

author websiteRequired College Content Continuing to Move From Textbooks to Digital Materials (Digital Book World) More students are reporting that required course content for college courses is steadily moving away from formal textbooks and toward digital materials, according to the latest Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education study from the Book Industry Study Group. *** As the Line Between Platform and Publisher Continues to Blur, Who Wins? (GigaOM) The term “platishers” is a terrible one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the increasingly blurred lines between platforms and publishers. The real question is what the duties of those platforms are towards...

Morning Roundup: Combining Pocket and Evernote, What’s really wrong with US education?
January 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

Pocket and EvernoteScribd Launches Kindle Fire Reading App (Digital Book World) Demand for a Kindle app has been resounding: more than 100,000 users have come to Scribd since October 1, 2013 seeking an app compatible with their Kindle Fire device. *** Book Publishing May Not Remain a Standalone Industry and Book Retailing Will Demonstrate That First (Mike Shatzkin) You are missing some good fun if you don’t know those AT&T commercials where the grown-up sits around a table with a bunch of really little kids and asks them questions like “what’s better: faster or slower?” *** What's Really Wrong with Education in the US? (Teachers With Apps) The question,...

Can reading make you more stupid?
January 24, 2014 | 4:45 pm

There, thought that would grab your attention. And of course the answer is no. But I'm using that title to point up the somewhat asinine headline of a recent article by Dan Hurley in the UK Guardian: "Can reading make you smarter?" To which many might immediately answer: What else is reading for? And others might ask: Well, if reading can't, what the hell else can? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="238"] Dan Hurley: The smart money's on him - maybe...[/caption] But then, Hurley has quite a lot invested in the business of smartening up your smarts. He's the author of Smarter: The New...

Students today and their fancy, new-fangled technology
January 19, 2014 | 4:34 am

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Morning Roundup: Simon & Schuster expands library eBook program; Bringing innovation to the classroom
January 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

library ebook programSimon & Schuster Expands Library E-Book Program (Publishers Weekly) After jumping into the library e-book market last April with a limited pilot, Simon & Schuster is expanding its program to more libraries, and adding OverDrive to its list of vendors. *** 6 Steps to Bringing Innovation to the Classroom (Media Shift) New years and new semesters give educators the opportunity to review past courses and identify ways to change and improve them. In 2014, improvement can pave the way for innovation. *** Engaging with eBooks Can Aid Children's Literacy, Study Finds (The Digital Shift) As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of...

A publisher unAmazons: The rights and wrongs
January 6, 2014 | 12:15 pm

Publishers Weekly just shared an article entitled "Life After Amazon," by Randall White, chairman, CEO, and president of Educational Development Corp. (EDC), on why he has elected to "to stop selling our Kane Miller and Usborne books on Amazon." His casus belli was that "I had long felt that the rapid growth of Amazon was bad news for the publishing industry. And I believed that Amazon was trying to gain control of publishing and other industries by making it impossible for other retailers to compete effectively." White's stated explanations mix, in my view, some very good and very indefensible points....

Teachers Pay Teachers: Image Copyright and Educational Fair Use
December 17, 2013 | 4:15 pm

teachers pay teachersI might become a content seller in the new year! A fellow teacher turned me onto a neat little website called Teachers Pay Teachers, which everyone at school is addicted to. Teachers can upload (and sell) their own self-created resources. What makes the site so addictive is that every seller is required to offer their first resource for free, so there are a lot of free materials for other teachers to enjoy. The funny thing is, I perused the seller FAQs (primarily to make sure sellers can be non-American, which they can) and saw a lot of stuff about how to...

What Nelson Mandela, Kayne West, Neil Gaiman, and Noel Gallagher have to say about books
December 6, 2013 | 10:15 am

nelson mandelaI hope this picture essay doesn't take Nelson Mandela's great name in vain. But I think he'd approve. And I think you all can get the point. And from Kayne West, showing his take on how we gonna make the black nation rise: Or Neil Gaiman: Or Noel Gallagher of Oasis: And the latest PISA international education scores from the OECD, via the BBC: I hope the lesson's clear. Book haters are the agents and accomplices of tyranny and slavery. Always and everywhere. Book lovers are the force for freedom....

Better thinking through arts education: The Crystal Bridges Museum experiment
November 29, 2013 | 12:15 pm

Crystal Bridges MuseumAn excellent article published on the Educational Researcher website and summarized in the New York Times, demonstrates the value of arts in education for building conceptual and critical skills in general. The original study, entitled "Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment" "We conduct a randomized controlled trial involving 3,811 students who were assigned by lottery to participate in a School Visit Program at the newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art," explains the abstract for the original study. " Students who participated in the School Visit Program demonstrated significantly stronger critical thinking skills when analyzing a new painting." The...

Weekend Roundup: New Report on Parent, Child, Teen Book Consumption, Self-published Authors, Don’t Do It All Yourself
November 24, 2013 | 9:19 am

digital attitudesNew Report on Parent, Teen, Child Book Consumption (GoodeReader) Non-profit industry tracker BookNet Canada released the results of a fall online survey to investigate the digital attitudes and practices of a variety of readers. *** Retailing: Do Trade Books on College Campuses Have a Future? (Publishers Weekly) One of the first signs that trade books in campus bookstores might be deeply troubled was when the NACS Foundation released a white paper called “Defining the College Store of 2015” at its 2010 annual Camex convention. *** Why the New York Times Needs to Think Less About Products and More About Relationships (GigaOM) The New York Times is planning...