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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...

Filter, read, learn: the puzzle of reading print vs screen
April 18, 2014 | 12:35 pm

reading print vs screenI have read almost a dozen articles in the past few days that attempt to puzzle out the new hot question: do our brains process screen text differently from paper text? Does reading too much online somehow 'ruin' our brains for long-form reading? I'll state at the outset that from everything I've read on this, science does not have a definitive verdict on reading print vs screen, so I can't answer these questions. What I can do is apply my own decently well-educated common sense filter to some of the things I'm reading and come to my own conclusion. Firstly, this one...

Morning Roundup: February bookstore sales dropped. Which metrics really matter? and more
April 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

bookstore sales droppedThe Chicago Sun-Times Shuts Down their Comment Section (The Digital Reader) It’s widely accepted that the anonymity of the internet can turn almost anyone into a troll, and nowhere is this more true than in the comment section. *** February Bookstore Sales Dropped 6.8% (Publishers Weekly) Hampered no doubt by bad winter weather, bookstore sales fell 6.8% in February, to $791 million, compared to February 2013, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. *** We are Drowning in Data About Readers and Attention, But Which Metrics Really Matter? (GigaOM) Thanks to the web and real-time measurement tools, the media industry has gone from having...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Publishing: authors are customers. How I became a booktuber and more
April 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

amazon publishingRIP, Sue Townsend (Boing Boing) She was one of the great comic writers, with all that implies: wisdom, wit, compassion and ruthless honesty. She was 68. *** Amazon Publishing: Authors are Customers (Digital Book World) “Our authors are our customers,” Sarah Jane Gunter, director of international publishing for the company, told me at the London Book Fair this week. “Amazon Publishing is going to become a house that is focused on authors. Our focus is service.” *** The Bullies Win: Authors Abandoning Publishing Over Online Behaviors (GoodeReader) News has come out this week of at least two authors who have declared that they will no longer write...

Morning Roundup: Rise of mobile apps. Kobo for iOS updated and more
April 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

Income vs. Expenses: How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living (The Billfold) Remember that this is pre-tax income. It’s also before Paypal takes out its fees, which add up. I wish Paypal were not the ubiquitous method of paying freelancers, but I did not create the system. *** The Rise of Mobile Apps and the Decline of the Open Web (GigaOM) Venture investor Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and others say they are concerned that the increasing use of mobile apps means less investment in the open web, and that this could have a negative effect on innovation. But is that true? *** Kobo for iOS...