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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...

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...

Consumers: love the work, hate the artist?
January 24, 2014 | 10:00 am

Book Riot's wonderful 'Reading Life' feature has an essay this week responding to Woody Allen's recent Golden Globes tribute. Kit Steinkellner writes about reading the media commentary the morning after, including a tweet from the son of Allen's ex-wife Mia Farrow excoriating the GGs for paying tribute to an alleged child molester. From the article: "A lot of response pieces to this story have asked the question “Can we despise Woody Allen the person and still cherish Woody Allen the artist? Can we hate the man but love his movies?” Steinkellner, as much a book fan as a movie one, correctly points...

Read the Harvard Classics Every Day This Year
January 23, 2014 | 2:25 pm

harvard classicsThe Harvard Classics has been a reading literary project that has fascinated me ever since I first heard about it a few years ago. It was compiled in 1909 by the then-president of Harvard University, who boasted that he could put together a collection of books which would fit onto a five-foot shelf, which would contain everything a common person needed to read in order to obtain the rudiments of a classical liberal arts education. What a project to put together, and what a project to undertake to read! A complete set of them, long available via MobileRead thanks to a...

Reading routines: what’s yours?
January 17, 2014 | 6:09 pm

reading routinesA link in today's morning roundup featured a great quote from productivity guru Merlin Mann---"Don't just play with your phone. Go out and produce something." It spoke to me because one of my goals for the year is to spend less time goofing around on my phone playing Temple Run, and more time reading, writing and doing useful (and satisfying) things. I've tried to structure my downtime a little more efficiently lately, and I've actually gotten into a pretty good groove with my reading routines. I love hearing about what and how other people read, too. I'll share mine. Feel...