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E-books vs. paper: Psychologist Krystine Batcho is more open minded than many academics
June 7, 2015 | 11:21 am

KRYSTINE BATCHOYes, toddlers fare better with paper books, which they can feel. But don’t knock e-books. Skeptics would do well to spend a week on E before giving up on it. Even older people can make the leap. Their brains are still plastic enough to adjust. That’s the word from Krystine Batcho, a professor of psychology at Le Moyne college and a contributor to such publications as Psychology Today. You can hear more from her via Len Edgerly’s must-listen podcast, The Kindle Chronicles. Click here and scroll down to the audio player. The interview begins 17 minutes into...

Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage
May 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

Social mediaOn the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when responding to clients, but sometimes I just want to scream in frustration. *** How Social Media is Failing Creative Women (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Instead of these companies thinking about what it means for them to offer a service to everyone when their model of the world is so deeply inaccurate, we keep hearing the equivalent of “It...

Grant Snider’s latest lovely tribute to reading
May 14, 2015 | 10:25 am

AReadersManifesto-Blog  The reading-friendly work of comic artist Grant Snider has appeared before multiple times in Teleread, but no apology for linking to the latest reading advocacy strip on his website, "A Reader's Manifesto." And you can see from the content just how in favor of reading he is, and how good his work would be as campaign material for any literacy or library advocacy initiative. Snider explains that "I made this manifesto for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. Thanks to editor Daniel Jimenez Quiroz!" And as usual, posters for the graphic are are available at his online shop. This makes double sense in...

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...

Morning Links: Myth of consumer tech globalization. Canadians selling ebooks direct
May 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooksThe Myth of Globalization in Consumer Tech (Re/Code) As he recounted this story, what stood out to him was not that these young Chinese tourists didn’t use Facebook or Instagram, but that they clearly had no idea what they were. *** Companies Join Forces to Provide Free eBooks in Airport (GoodeReader) Most travelers don’t count the airport as the best part of their trip, but thanks to a joint effort by BookShout, HarperCollins, and American Express Canada, the wait time might be a little more pleasant. *** Most Canadian Publishers Now Selling eBooks Direct (DBW) 66% of Canadian publishers are now selling ebooks directly to consumers, according...

Morning Links: iBooks to receive new features. Losing control of ereading
May 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

ibooksLibrarians: Privacy's Champions (Boing Boing) Librarians like Alison Macrina (whose work I wrote about here are part of the vanguard of privacy activism in libraries, hosting cryptoparties and giving workshops to librarians and patrons on advanced information ninja-ry. *** Amazon's International Growth Challenge (Re/Code) When Amazon reported its financial results recently, foreign exchange fluctuations played a big role. *** iBooks Receives New Features on iOS 8.4 (GoodeReader) This summer a new version of iOS will be released and it will add a bunch of new content to iBooks. *** How I Lost Control of my eReading (Book Riot) Having all of that content so easily available has made me...

Morning Links: Subscription services benefit whom? Romance readers lying to themselves?
April 28, 2015 | 9:00 am

subscription servicesWhich Authors Do Subscription Services Benefit? (Digital Book World) Subscriptions services may yet turn out to be a next game-changer in publishing, but for the moment that market is in a state of flux and expansion. *** Retailers Prep to Kick Off Independent Bookstore Day (PW) Aside from simply celebrating small bookstores, one objective of the forthcoming Independent Bookstore Day, on May 2, is to bury a long-running narrative that the indies are dying. *** A Pay-What-You-Want Bookstore Could be Used for Many Things, But Discovering New Authors? No (Ink, Bits & Pixels) A new bookstore called Openbooks has been getting a lot of attention over...

Weekend Links: Time enough for reading? Inside the Kobo Glo HD
April 26, 2015 | 1:52 pm

kobo glo hdWhat's So Great About Young Writers? (NYT) I have an interest in the nurturing of “late blooming” writers. I have long grumbled about the conflation of the words “young” and “emerging,” and particularly about the many prizes set aside for writers in their early careers below whatever cutoff has been picked, usually 35 or 40. *** How Much Time is Enough for Reading? (Book Riot) The other day I was waiting for the bus and I found myself doing what I call “booktime math”: checking the transit schedule and quickly calculating do I have enough time to start reading? Or should I just goof...

Morning Links: Freelance Scramble. Blueprint for digital afterlife
April 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

digital afterlifeThe Freelance Scramble Part Three: The Unthinkable (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) The freelance scramble happens when the cash doesn’t flow the way that a writer expects it too. Longtime freelancers have learned the dance that I call the freelance scramble, which is mostly about replacing expected income with something else. *** How My TV Obsession Got Me Reading Book Series (Book Riot) There were probably a number of factors, but if I had to pin down one thing that sparked my newfound (or rather, refound) enjoyment of serial reading, I’d probably say that it was the precedent set by my obsession with television, beginning a...

Morning Links: Author and publisher marketing collaboration. Hybrid publishing
April 13, 2015 | 9:00 am

hybrid publishingMore Thinking About how Author and Publisher Marketing Collaboration Should Change (The Shatzkin Files) I did a couple of recent posts, the basic thrust of which was that publishers needed to rethink marketing and the author interaction around it. *** 10 Children’s Bookseller Challenges—And How Stores Solved Them: Children's Institute 2015 (PW) Every bookstore faces obstacles, but the way that it overcomes them can make the difference between being a so-so store and being a great one. *** Reading More Translated Books Will Make You a Better Person (Book Riot) One of my literary New Year’s resolutions was to read more works in translation, and so far,...

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...

Morning Links: eBooks for libraries. Is Internet Addiction a real thing?
March 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

ebooks for librariesHow to Reach Millennial Readers (Digital Book World) For book publishers, millennials can be a tricky bunch. *** Why We Need Inclusive Lit, Not Just Diverse Lit (Book Riot) A few weeks ago, I attended a small but well-attended author panel featuring Jenny Han, Isabel Quintero, and Jason Reynolds at the Tucson Festival of Books. *** eBooks for Libraries (Joe Konrath) I want to help authors get their ebooks into libraries. *** Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing? (Lifehacker) Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? *** Kindle Daily Deal: 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift (and others)...

Morning Links: 2014 Reading habits survey. Can data journalism be taught?
March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

journalismGlobal eBook Opportunities Rising (Digital Book World) A recent Pew study hints at growing opportunities for ebook publishers and retailers to reach more English-language readers around the world. *** The Great 2014 Reading Habits Survey: The Results (Book Riot) This post presents the reading and spending habits of the Riot readers who responded to the survey. *** Can Data Journalism be Taught? (The Digital Shift) Can you really teach data journalism? It’s a dumb question that I’m soon going to find the answer for: This semester I started teaching at the Berkeley J-School... *** The Canadian Newspaper Industry is Consolidating (GoodeReader) The Canadian Competition Bureau has given the green light...

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...

Morning Links: 8 Apple features you might not use. KU payouts up; lending down
March 18, 2015 | 9:00 am

appleHow Long Does it Take to Read Popular Books? (Personal Creations) We took some of the most popular books of all time and estimated how long it would take the average reader to finish by multiplying word count by the average person’s reading speed, 300 words per minute. *** Eight Apple Features You Probably Never Use (Re/Code) This week, I rounded up eight examples of these to make sure you remember that Apple is … human. *** Black Authors and Self-Publishing (School Library Journal) I am a Black feminist writer committed to social justice. I write stories about Black children and teens, but within the children’s literature...

Morning Links: Organizing library books, Culture of Reading or Buying?
March 17, 2015 | 9:00 am

library booksHow I Organize Our Library Books (From 9 Different Sources) (Book Riot) Our home is a veritable borrowed book disaster. Each human occupant of our apartment (there are four of us) has their own New York Public Library card. My two daughters go to different schools, and we have library cards from each one. *** A Culture of Reading, or a Culture of Buying? (Dear Author) Last week’s post on digital book prices for commercial fiction engendered a lot of great responses, reflecting some really passionate opinions on how books are priced and how readers make their purchasing decisions. *** The Long Story Behind...

Morning Links: Reading slump? Dealing with modern stress more than unplugging
March 12, 2015 | 9:00 am

unpluggingMy Annual Winter Reading Slump (Book Riot) To be more accurate, I should say that it is a post-holiday reading slump. It has happened, to varying degrees, for several years now. *** Why it Takes More Than Unplugging to Solve Modern Stress (Media Shift) Survey after survey finds that we believe ourselves to be simultaneously overwhelmed by and addicted to our devices. *** What We Got Wrong About Books (The Scholarly Kitchen) It is one of the cruel truisms of the book business that publishers rarely have much insight into how their products are actually used. *** More Copyright Trolls Rushing In To Take Advantage Of Canadian...

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