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More on ‘finishing every book you read’
November 14, 2014 | 12:25 pm

bookI wrote yesterday on an article that has been making the blog rounds, about the value (or not) of finishing every book you read. I fell into the 'life is too short' camp; I have no guilt at all abandoning a book that isn't working for me. Many times, I will 'respect art,' as the article suggests, by devoting that time to another book. But I do have other hobbies to spend time on, and people I care about who need me. I just can't spend the time on a book which is a slog. I was delighted to see some...

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...

Reassurance from Franz Kafka: Reading will not turn you into a giant cockroach
November 10, 2014 | 6:25 pm

KafkaFranz Kafka's famous and frightful novelette Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) has spawned almost as many interpretations as any cockroach, but one angle that most of them agree on is that the protagonist Gregor Samsa, very closely identified with Kafka himself, is being judged or somehow weighed and found wanting, through his transformation into a giant insectoid specimen of vermin, and that the fault or sin he has been condemned for is some sort of failure to live or to fully measure up to what it means to be human. And one of the failings often cited is Kafka's own experience of...

Readers being ‘spread too thin?’
October 28, 2014 | 2:25 pm

readersHere's one I almost missed, from the fine, and prolific, folks at Book Riot. Josh Corman wrote last week about a topic I increasingly find myself relating to these days---the reader who is 'spread too thin.' We have differing definitions on what this means, I think. Corman explains his readerly anxieties thusly: "The problems isn’t that I haven’t had time to read or that I’ve let myself get wrapped up in other hobbies, work, distractions, etc. The issue is that I have so many quality choices and so much access to books that I’m paralyzed, unable to zero in on one...

Mintel research shows ebooks encourage reading
October 17, 2014 | 2:25 pm

eBooks should be more expensiveA just-published research study from Mintel, the London-headquartered consumer market research organization, demonstrates that ebooks are driving up reading levels in the UK. "One in four (26%) consumers who have bought an e-book in the past year say that they read more than they used to because e-books cost less than paperbacks, rising to as many as four in ten (38%) 16-24 year old-book owners," states the Mintel preamble. Cost seems to be one of the key grounds, as "over a third (36%) of UK book buyers buy both e-books and print books and 42% of these say that they...

Morning Links: Nobel Prize a disservice to readers? Judges want to make it harder on patent trolls
October 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

patent trollsDoes the Nobel Prize do a Disservice to Readers? (Book Riot) To sum up so far, the Nobel potentially divides readers along the lines of literary merit and general worldliness. *** Judges Want To Make Life Harder On Patent Trolls: Want Them To Actually Have To Explain What Infringement Happened (Techdirt) A key part of the patent reform proposal that everyone thought was going to happen earlier this year was to change those rules to require the patent holder to have to actually explain where the infringement occurred. *** Amazon's Might Divides Opinion at World's Biggest Book Fair (The Economic Times) "We fear unfair competition on prices...

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture
October 14, 2014 | 10:25 am

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year's Reading Agency lecture, "'a manifesto on reading" and the third lecture since the inception of the series in 2012, as well as the first one to be open to ticket-holding members of the public. "The Reading Agency lecture is a fundraising event, proceeds from which support the charities' core mission, to get and keep the nation reading," as The Reading Agency's materials declare. Previous speakers in the series were Jeanette Winterson and Neil Gaiman, who gave a highly praised talk also on the importance of reading. Brand couched the theme of...

Canada’s National Reading Campaign shows reading is good for your … body?
October 10, 2014 | 12:30 pm

infographic-reading-saves-lives Canada's National Reading Campaign has partnered with CBC to pull together an infographic to show the bodily benefits of reading, as if improving your mind wasn't reason enough. For most, I'm sure that point is obvious enough, but it's good to see - literally - graphic proof that a healthy mind means a healthy body - as well, apparently, as a healthier mindset and more socially responsible attitude....

Morning Roundup: eBay and PayPal to part ways. Update on Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author
September 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

dear author logoeBay and PayPal to Part Ways in 2015 (GigaOM) Thanks to pressure from activist investors, eBay and PayPal will be separate entities next year, ending 12 years of togetherness. *** Stephen King Predicts That Physical Books Are Here to Stay (GalleyCat) Author Stephen King predicts that the physical book will “be here for a long, long time.” *** Update on the Ellora's Cave vs. Dear Author Defamation Suit (The Digital Reader) Much has changed in the three days since I brought you news that Ellora’s Cave was suing well-known romance book blog Dear Author for defamation, and few of the changes favor Ellora’s Cave. *** Four Methods for Choosing...

Why people still prefer print – in pictures
September 28, 2014 | 3:29 pm

books_infographic-674x1030Here's an interesting infographic from UK new-era second-hand book trading platform FatBrain on why people still prefer print books to ebooks - all down in pretty pictures for those who reading onscreen has left comprehensionally challenged. And of course, FatBrain, whose business depends on people emailing barcodes or ISBNs from print books, has a strong vested interest in people opting for print. But take a look at the pretty pictures that are almost as easy to follow as ink ant trails pressed into woodpulp, and enjoy.  ...

Morning Roundup: Using tech to get through your reading list. Agency pricing in Canada
September 24, 2014 | 8:29 am

reading listHow to Use Technology to Get Through Your Reading List (Lifehacker) The internet is full of brilliant articles you haven't read. So is your read-it-later app of choice, whether it's Pocket, Readability, Instapaper or any other. Here's how to finally tackle that reading list, with a little help from technology. *** Agency eBook Pricing Will be Alive and Well in Canada Until at Least May 2015 (The Digital Reader) The major US trade publishers may have relinquished control of their ebook prices here in the US and in Europe but Canada, well, that is a different story. *** 5 Tips For Getting Out of a Long-Term...

Weekend Roundup: Review Kobo Aura H2O. Amazon allows family sharing of purchases
September 21, 2014 | 11:24 am

kobo aura h2oRead Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress (WSJ) The point of the club isn't to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. *** Genre-Crossing Authors: An Interview with One Who Does it Well (Book Riot) This year, I’ve seen a number of authors delve into new genres for the first time. *** Review: Kobo Aura H20 (The Digital Reader) The Aura H2O is Kobo’s second ereader to use the 6.8″ E-ink screen. Like its predecessor this ereader asks for a premium price, and like the Aura HD this device offers a value which more than makes...