In an age when memory is under attack, a critical review of history becomes a source of hope and a tool of resistance.
Dutch designer Christian Boer is dyslexic and grew tired enough of struggling to read that he invented a new font to address the issue.
The short answer is speed reading is more or less possible, with and without this app.
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.
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.
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.
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.I’m a bibliophile of the first water. I have spent what seems half my life in bookstores all over the world.
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."
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.