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Story Cards tablet CCG gamifies reading for K-12 students
March 12, 2014 | 2:58 pm

storycardsHere's an intriguing game I just learned about. Educational publisher Amplify, makers of the Amplify Android tablet we covered last year, has come up with a way to gamify classic literature, in the hopes of getting students interested in reading it. Story Cards is a turn-based character-driven CCG. Players unlock character cards with specific abilities by reading the books they come from, and can gain bonuses by answering trivia questions related to the books in question. The game supports both single-player and multi-player modes. Students can build their own decks and compete with the game or each other. The...

Just like literature, mathematics can boot up your brain
March 8, 2014 | 6:08 pm

Anyone who knows the recent research that shows that a reader's brains are directly, measurably affected by reading fiction won't be surprised to learn that mathematics can have a similar effect - at least on mathematicians. A recent article in Nature citing research in Frontiers of Human Neurooscience describes how scientists at University College London used nuclear magnetic resonance imaging to track the response of mathematicians' brains to equations - but specifically those that the mathematicians regarded as "beautiful." Comprehension apparently plays a big part in the response - once again, something that won't surprise those familiar with similar instances in literature. The...

Spritz offers a spritzer for your onscreen reading – whatever the device size
February 28, 2014 | 2:39 pm

spritzThat new generation of smartwatches and small wearable devices supposedly in the offing could be about to get a boost as ereading platforms, no matter how small their form factor. That's if a new onscreen solution just announced by startup Spritz Inc., and already much publicized (and hyped), delivers on its promise. With a mission to "change the way people read and make communication faster, easier, and more effective," Spritz works through technology that focuses reader attention on the so-called "Optimal Recognition Point" within a word, where the human gaze centers to start actually reading and comprehending it. By "allowing you...

2014 Reading challenge: February update
February 25, 2014 | 3:07 pm

2014 reading challengeMy January reading was great---I read some great books, both in English and French, and didn't spend a dime. So, how did the 2014 reading challenge in February go? Well, not as great. I am a little behind on some things! I'll need to pick up the pace in March... Goal 1: Read 100 Books Here's what happened in February to put me behind on this: I read my first five-star book of the year, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. It was a beautiful reading experience, and after I finished it, I froze. I turned on my Kobo, saw screen...

Morning Links: What makes a real reader? Amazon Prime Instant Video to debut in UK
February 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

what makes a real readerThere's No Such Thing as a Real Reader (Book Riot) I like to imagine the first guy Gutenberg told about his press. “Movable type? Huh. I guess you’re not a Real Reader. Real Readers like that books are produced through typographic block printing. Books are supposed to be rare and full of imperfections. Every book is supposed to be different. Why are you so intent on wrecking reading?” *** UN Partners with WorldReader to Give Kindles to Students in Refugee Camps (GigaOM) Ebook and literacy nonprofit Worldreader is partnering with the UN Refugee Agency on a pilot program to give Kindle Paperwhites to 2,300 secondary...

Morning Roundup: Amazon warehouse problem. Cozy reading nooks and more
February 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazon warehouse problemThe Amazon Warehouse Problem (Book Riot) I’m not calling on a ban for buying books online (Yes, Powells uses these kinds of warehouses too, they talk about it in the tail end of the Radiolab piece if you give it a listen) but I am now much less comfortable with the idea of buying books online and it give me just another reason to be eeked out by the Dark Lord Amazon. *** Project Gutenberg's Self-Pub Portal is Going Strong (The Digital Reader) Project Gutenberg is best know for digitizing and distributing public domain ebooks, but that’s not they do. I was reminded today...

Amazon floats fairly nutty lifetime reading list
February 11, 2014 | 10:28 am

I hate to be the one to give credence to Jonathan Franzen's anti-Amazon tripe - ever, anywhere, for any reason - but Amazon's own latest action gave me the awful creeping feeling that he might have a point. Because Amazon's latest list of "100 Books To Read In A Lifetime: A bucket list of books to create a well-read life, from the Amazon Book Editors," includes some titles that couldn't even create a well-stocked bookshelf, never mind a life. Of course, there are plenty of titles there that do deserve a place. For instance, George Orwell's 1984 heads up the list...

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...

Reading as a To-Do
January 28, 2014 | 12:22 pm

readingHot on the heels of my January Reading Goals update comes this Book Riot post about this very topic. Rebecca Joines Schinsky exhorts readers to "throw away the lists" because there are no 'shoulds' in reading. A person should feel free to read what they want, when they want, without being 'beholden' to a list that someone---or they themselves---has written. It's a fair point, I guess. Some people do indeed enjoy reading more when it's a casual thing. My stepfather, for example, has never planned reading, per se, in his life. Whenever he feels like reading, he simply looks around the...

2014 Reading Challenge: January Update
January 27, 2014 | 2:29 pm

2014 reading challengeI wrote earlier about setting some reading goals for 2014. I wanted to organize my reading a little better so that I could both get through some stockpiled purchases, and target my reading toward developing my skills in certain areas. So, one month in, how am I doing? Goal 1: Read 100 Books I've read five so far, and Goodreads is telling me I am on target. I am regretting that Goodreads does not allow half-star rankings---the books I read were better than three stars, but not quite four stars. For instance, [easyazon-link asin="B008J48RA4" locale="us"]The Storyteller[/easyazon-link] by Jodi Picoult was quite a good...

Hiptype shows that writing success is all in your DNA (Infographic)
January 27, 2014 | 12:30 pm

The DNA of a Successful BookThe folks at Hiptype have come up with a delightful infographic detailing ''The DNA of a successful book," broken down into content, genres, and readers. It has a very slight pro-ebook slant, relating that over 82 percent of ebook readers live in cities, for instance. But it's all good, worthwhile stuff. Will it help retain the 30 percent of readers who stop reading after page 50? Maybe. Especially if you don't paginate your ebook ... by NowSourcing. Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually....

eBooks for the Polar Vortex Win!
January 25, 2014 | 4:41 pm

polar vortexHas anybody else been freezing this week? Thanks to the 'Polar Vortex,' which I had never heard about until this winter, we've been spending the last week shivering indoors. Regulations prohibit taking the kids at school outside if it's colder than -20 C (-4 F) and we've hit that benchmark more than once in the past few school days. Yesterday, we took them out for the first time, and my internal thermometer didn't completely recover from the jolt. I arrived home shivering, and when even my usual cosy fleece didn't help, I broke out the spare comforter and made myself a little...