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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...

Morning Links: More on VAT. Is our concept of “well read” elitist?
March 6, 2015 | 9:00 am

vatIs Our Concept of 'Well-Read' Elitist? (Book Riot) For quite a while now, I have been thinking about what it means when we say that someone is well-read. *** EU Court Rules eBooks Aren’t eBooks, Orders Tax Rates Increased (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Following a several year long legal battle, the ECJ ruled that France and Luxembourg were wrong to lower the VAT they charged on ebooks. *** Amazon eBooks Once Again Available in U.S. Libraries (GoodeReader) Overdrive has been engulfed in a massive technical issue that made thousands of Kindle e-books unavailable to libraries. *** Mind the (Diversity) Gap in Kid's Digital Media (Teachers with Apps) Amidst the flurry...

Two cheers for World Book Day?
March 5, 2015 | 10:25 am

I shouldn't be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its cultural and economic status is welcome. "Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 14 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland)," says the site. Fine, but why not books for adults? And...

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...

Morning Links: Handling the Pinterest problem. Holes in security on cheap kid’s tablets
February 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

PinterestHere's How One Marketing Firm is Handling the Pinterest Problem (GigaOM) Making the most of the site’s reach takes more than just a promoted pin — brands need a marketing strategy that taps into all of Pinterest’s qualities. *** The Security on Cheap Kid's Tablets Has More Holes Than Swiss Cheese (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Bluebox shocked no one last November when they revealed that cheap Android tablets came with bonus security problems, and this security firm is back again this week with a report which shows that cheap kid's tablets are just as ridden with security issues. *** Reading Authors Not Like Me (John Scalzi) I’ve...

Morning Links: Novels must be a particular length? Reading with depression
February 16, 2015 | 9:04 am

novelsKilling Even More Sacred Cows of Publishing: #1… Novels Must Be A Certain Length (Dean Wesley Smith) You hear this myth spouted from almost every blog or young author or young editor at one point or another. The writers spouting this myth all go on about how a novel doesn’t have value, readers won’t like it, the author won’t feel complete unless the novel they write is at least 80,000 words long or longer. *** Reading, Depression, and Me (BookRiot) For long periods of my life, hitting low points meant turning to books, rather than turning away from them. I could sit down on...

Weekend Links: Snow day reading. A day in the life of a devoted Apple user
February 15, 2015 | 10:43 am

snow day reading10 Strategies for Snow Day Reading (Book Riot) A snow day may mean working from home, wrangling restless kids, or a long binge-watching session on Netflix. But if you decide to go the reading route for your snow day, here are 10 ways to make it work and keep cabin fever at bay. *** Digital Publishers Turning Away from Replica Magazines (GoodeReader) Digital magazines and newspapers have long fallen victim to the replica syndrome that once plagued ebooks. As mere digital copies of the print original, these versions simply weren’t taking advantage of all that the technology had to offer. *** Librivox Wants You to...

The new reading position is quick march?
February 8, 2015 | 2:26 pm

For those concerned with the health effects of their sedentary reading habits, a new study could be inspiring. And although it's specifically about work habits, its application to reading should be obvious. The study, by a joint team from the Tech3lab, HEC Montreal, and the OU Price College of Business, set up an experiment "in which participants either sat or walked while they read a text and received emails. Afterward, all participants performed a task to evaluate their attention and memory. Behavioral, neurophysiological, and perceptual evidence showed that participants who walked had a short-term increase in memory and attention, indicating that the...

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’...