Friday, October 17, 2014

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

How Reading Stimulates Your Brain

Researchers at Stanford used fMRI imaging to scan the brains of 18 participants as they read Jane Austin, first casually and then again with close scrutiny.  They noticed a significant shift in brain activity as critical reading increased bloodflow throughout the brain and specifically to the prefrontal cortex.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

#ireadeverywhere

For "I Read Everywhere" campaign, images of readers everywhere.

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Crowdfunding is Changing the Publishing Landscape

Publishers are using the wisdom of the crowd to find potential best-sellers.  Writers are able to build a fan base for books long before they are published - and sometimes before they are even written.

READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Amazon Makes Pre-Ordering Easy for Self-Published Authors

Amazon just announced that self-published authors can make their Kindle books available for pre-sale.  This could enable a new format for crowdfunding self-published books.

https://kdp.amazon.com/community/ann.jspa?annID=526

Friday, July 11, 2014

The French Buy Real Books



In an effort to promote "biblio-diversity" France is taking steps to help local bookstores compete more effectively against Amazon.

Read the Full Article HERE

Monday, May 26, 2014

Books and Happiness

“Dreams, books, are each a world; and books, we know,
Are a substantial world, both pure and good:
Round these, with tendrils strong as flesh and blood,
Our pastime and our happiness will grow."


- William Wordsworth

Monday, May 19, 2014

Read, Kids, Read

Great editorial from Frank Bruni in the New York Times :

"I believe in reading - not just in its power to transport but in its power to transform . . . [I'm coming at this] as someone persuaded that reading does things - to the brain, heart and spirit - that movies, television, video games and the rest of it cannot . . . reading and intelligence have a relationship so close as to be symbiotic"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Online Reading is Changing the Way Ours Brains are Wired

Our brains our plastic and can change throughout our lives.  They now appear to be changing to better accommodate the way that we read online, skimming through lots of information, rather than the deep reading skills that require more in-depth processing.

While researchers are still trying to better understand the difference between reading print and digital, it appears that print lends itself to greater comprehension and understanding.  They are beginning to fear that school-aged children may be stunted in these areas as their brains learn to "read" online.

See the entire article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/serious-reading-takes-a-hit-from-online-scanning-and-skimming-researchers-say/2014/04/06/088028d2-b5d2-11e3-b899-20667de76985_print.html

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Reading Books is Fundamental

This is an insightful and personal story about how Charles Blow, New York Times columnist, fell in love with books as a child.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/opinion/blow-reading-books-is-fundamental.html?_r=0

I appreciate this quote from James Baldwin:

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”