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Fun with eBook stats
June 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ebook statsAs we reach the halfway point of 2014 and I prepare to look again at my reading goals for the year, I thought it might be an opportune time to check out my ebook stats! I have been keeping them since I first started reading eBooks in 2008, and it's been awhile since I've done a write-up on them! Why do I keep stats? Well, I like having a record of how many books I read, for one thing. And for another, I remember how when I first started reading eBooks, people used to remark on how expensive that must be....

Should I read these books?
June 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

readAs part of my spend-less-money year, I have been trying to go through my backlog of unread books and prune a little more vigorously. I want to be able to buy new books guilt-free---when I want to read them. And that means I have to have time to read them by not having 500 unread buys sitting in my library, taunting me. So I have been clearing out the Kindle freebies, considering carefully which free classics I truly will read, deleting off the library wishlist and archiving some past buys I know I'll never get to (the defunct Fictionwise was...

Morning Roundup: Digital vs Print, Pocket adds premium service and more
May 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

digital vs printDigital vs Print: What is the Future of Reading? (Digital Book World) This is a topic that has headlined presentations since the digital revolution began, but interestingly, we still don’t have the full picture of what reading will look like in even one year, let alone ten, fifty, or one hundred years. *** Accepting Amazon's DRM Makes it Impossible to Challenge its Monopoly (Techdirt) Monopoly, of course, is economically the correct term. Publishers of books that are restricted by copyright have a set of exclusive rights granted to them by law. Their monopoly looks distinct from Amazon's near-monopoly bookseller position, though, because it's one...

The debate over trigger warnings in literature classes
May 23, 2014 | 2:42 pm

trigger warningsIn today's Morning Links, I posted a story from Nate at The Digital Reader, which reminded me I was overdue to cover a story which is getting a lot of press lately. The short version is that students at several US universities are campaigning to have professors add 'trigger warnings' to the syllabi of college classes, to warn students about potentially upsetting or offensive material. Nate's story looks at the 'slippery slope toward censorship' argument against this, which is a valid angle. But I have a different take on this story, and it's this: as a teacher, I have watched the...

Morning Roundup: Summer reading programs kick off. Amazon picks best summer reads
May 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

summer reading programsSummer Reading Programs Kick Off as School Year Ends (GoodeReader) Schools around the country are getting ready to dismiss for the summer months, but parents don’t have to let the gains their children made during the year slip away. *** Amazon Editors Pick Best Summer Reads (GalleyCat) Ever wonder what Amazon editors like to read? Well, the group has complied a list of their recommended reads for the summer. *** Goodreads Adds 'Ask the Author' Feature (Goodreads Blog) Starting today, you can submit your questions directly to any of the 54 authors participating in the Ask the Author launch. *** Amazon Launches New Kindle Store Section Devoted to eBook...

The most well read cities in America
May 21, 2014 | 4:25 pm

most well read citiesSome fun data points came out of Amazon's release this week of their fourth annual 'Most Well Read Cities in America' list. I had this emailed to me, but Business Week has the full text here. The rankings compiled sales data from various categories for all cities with more than 100,000 residents. So, are there any surprises? Well, here are the top 5: 1. Alexandria, Va. 2. Miami, Fla. 3. Knoxville, Tenn. 4. Seattle, Wash. 5. Orlando, Fla. Seattle made the biggest jump, coming up from #13 last year. Coincidentally, it is the home of Amazon's corporate headquarters. And San Diego, the highest-ranking city with 1,000,000 residents, doesn't...

Are best-sellers bad for you?
May 17, 2014 | 10:52 am

best-sellerFrom Indie Reader came the link to this story from Shane Parrish, who decides to make reading a priority, so that he can acquire knowledge. 161 books later, he concludes that if you want to get smarter, you should avoid best-sellers. From the article: "If you read the best-sellers, by definition, you're reading what everyone else reads. And if you read what everyone else reads, odds are you're going to start to think like everyone else. If you think like everyone else, you're not going to think differently and creatively, stifling your ability to stand out and excel." I get that argument,...

Morning Roundup: Screen time for toddlers. Why do we abandon certain books?
May 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

screen time for toddlersLet's be Sensible About Screen Time with Toddlers (Teachers with Apps) iPads and screen time with kids younger than 2 may be just fine according to Dr. Dimitri Christakis from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development. *** A Modest Proposal for Scaled-Up Open Access (The Scholarly Kitchen) The basic structure of Kennison and Norberg’s proposal is a three-way partnership between higher-education (HE) institutions (as funding bodies), libraries (as archives and distribution nodes) and scholarly societies (as gatherers, editors, and presenters of content). *** On World Press Media Day, a Look at New Media's Double-Edged Sword (Media Shift) This cycle of Internet...

Follow-up: Reading A-Z.com. Almost a month later
April 25, 2014 | 4:24 pm

reading a-zI wrote earlier this month about a great reading website I recently subscribed to on behalf of my school. The website has printable ebooks at a variety of levels, some of which include worksheets and bonus content, and I thought it would be a good resource for teachers to use with their students. Almost a month in, how is it going? Great, actually! There have been a few small hiccups and complaints, but I've seen several other teachers besides me printing and using these cute little books. Here are some examples: 1) To level up an accelerated student This has been MY use...

Childwise Report charges top dollar for UK child tablet reading insights
April 24, 2014 | 4:05 pm

Mom and daughter turning page in children's book on iPad 2I have to be grateful for The Bookseller sometimes. For its boycott of Author Solutions advertising. And now for its heroic readiness to fork out £1980 ($3326) for a copy of the CHILDWISE Monitor Report 2013-14 from CHILDWISE,  "leading research specialists on children, young people and their families" with a "panel of over 1000 schools throughout the UK." And this Monitor Report states, according to The Bookseller, that one in five of UK children (going by its sample) read on a tablet. The Monitor Report, "a comprehensive annual report focused on children and young people's media consumption, brand attitudes and key...

Amazon’s 100 Mystery Books to Read in a Lifetime
April 24, 2014 | 10:25 am

mystery booksVia Galleycat came this news, that Amazon has put out a new list of mystery books to supplement their '100 Books to Read in a Lifetime' feature. The books run the gamut from classic to modern, more genre-ish to literary. Of the 100 listed titles, I've read about a quarter. As is typical of such lists, debate will likely rage over the included titles. Gillian Flynn's trendy [easyazon-link asin="B006LSZECO" locale="us"]Gone Girl[/easyazon-link] over her vastly superior earlier work, [easyazon-link asin="B0027MJU00" locale="us"]Dark Places[/easyazon-link]? Mary Higgins Clark? Really? Anyway, if you're looking for somewhere to get started, here are my top 5 favs from the list: -...

Testosterone makes you stupid – if you’re English
April 21, 2014 | 10:25 am

I never thought of stupidity as particularly macho. But then, maybe I've lived outside the UK for too long. Because apparently a lot of British men fit that mold. And I'm rather ashamed to link my own gender to this, but the statistics seem to speak for themselves. Or should I have softened it a bit? Saying, well, if you're male and British there is a greater tendency towards not taking a serious interest in books, rather than making such an emphatic statement? And let British society off the hook? And sidestep that disgraceful conclusion? Because here we have some hard...