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New App Promises to Help You Read a Novel in 90 Minutes or Less, but Is That Really Feasible?

The short answer is speed reading is more or less possible, with and without this app.

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Consuming Book Publishing

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The End of the Book

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Why Hitler and ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Are Amazon Best-Sellers

Due to the inconspicuous nature of e-books, “Mein Kampf” seems to be in everyone’s hands these days; scientists have created an algorithm that can predict whether a book will be a best-seller; working in the arts can lead to high levels of happiness. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Digital Attack on Fellow-Feeling

A philosopher’s keynote speech on the subject of reading delivered at the annual meeting of the Writers’ Union of Canada in May and republished in the August issue of Harper’s Magazine contains startling figures that connect a rise in society-wide online activity with a drop in empathy and a rise in “narcissistic-personality disorder” in younger generations.

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Better Read Than Dead

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Administration’s Waivers Nullifying ‘No Child Left Behind’

The Obama administration has relieved nearly 26 states of the program’s controversial requirement to make all students competent in reading and math by 2014. Ten more states are in line to receive the waivers.

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Reading in the New Millennium: Forward to the Past?

I know many Americans do not read any books once they’re out of school or college. But some do, and what they read has been shaped not only by changing tastes but by availability. The availability consideration is being revolutionized.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Lying to Our Children

Education Secretary Arne Duncan feels that “we’re lying to our children” when we accept low student achievement standards, a policy that sees many states promoting children to the next grade despite being inept at reading and math. Also, Santa isn’t real.

Posted on Oct 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Are the Kindle’s Days Numbered?

Although Kindle sales have seemed strong since its debut nearly two years ago, the future of Amazon’s e-reader may not be rosy, according to The Atlantic’s Kevin Maney, who sums up the “Kindle problem” thusly: “[I]n aiming to provide both a great experience and supreme convenience, it has achieved neither.”

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Are We Too Wired to Read?

With multiple gadgets and screens constantly running, and perhaps even a different sense of time than our forebears had, it’s no surprise that powering down long enough to curl up with a book is becoming an endangered activity—although, as David L. Ulin argues in the Los Angeles Times, it’s still a very vital contemplative practice to pursue.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Is Our Bush Learning?

The man who famously asked “Is our children learning?” now claims to be reading books like Camus’ existentialist novel “The Stranger” at a furious pace. Blogger Steve Benen smells a heaping lump of B.S.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Stewart Finds Supreme Irony in Bush’s Vacation Reading

Noting that President Bush read Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” during his break, Stewart gave a quick primer on the book that will leave you guffawing.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


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