Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Banned Books Week 2015

September 30, 2015

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books Week 2015 Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2015

The freedom to read what we will is firmly rooted in the First Amendment, yet many who rant about upholding the Constitution would restrict our access to written art, enlightenment, and information. Celebrate liberty and literacy —read a banned book today.

Banned Books Day Events listed by state here.

More:

“This Is Why You Should Celebrate Banned Books Week,” Maddie Crum, Huffington Post

Banned Books That Shaped America

“Ban This Book,” Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

“6 Historical High Points For Book Banning,” Claire Fallon,Huffington Post

Related:

“America’s Very Own Book Burnings,” Libby Coleman, Ozy

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The Future of Reading

August 27, 2015

The Future of Reading

“Ever since the first hand-held e-readers were introduced in the 1990s, the digital-reading revolution has turned the publishing world upside down. But contrary to early predictions, it’s not the e-reader that will be driving future book sales, but the phone.”

— — “The Rise of Phone Reading,” Jennifer Maloney, Wall Street Journal

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Micro-Libraries

October 27, 2013

Micro-Libraries

We came across a tiny library on a Capitol Hill sidewalk by chance yesterday, which is how you are meant to first encounter these free book exchanges. You can read more about them here, but the photos below show you what you need to know.

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Banned Books Week 2013

September 24, 2013

Banned Books Week

Q: What do the books The Adventures of Captain Underpants and The Kite Runner have in common?

A: Both books have been banned. Frequently.

It’s Banned Books Week (September 22 to 28, 2013). The freedom to read what we will is firmly rooted in the First Amendment, yet many who rant about upholding the Constitution would restrict our access to written art, enlightenment, and information. Celebrate liberty and literacy —read a banned book today.

Banned Books Day Events listed by state here.

More:

Banned Books That Shaped America

“Ban This Book,” Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

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What Should I Read Next?

March 24, 2013

What Should I Read Next?

What Should I Read Next? (WSIRN), “the easiest to use book recommendation system online,” was developed and is maintained by Andrew Chapman and Paul Lenz of Thoughtplay Ltd., and employs “a collaborative filtering system, using our own bespoke algorithm called ‘Incidence Bias Weighting’ and partly using association rules.” This labor of love has been up and running since 2005.

While Amazon recommends titles based on past buying behavior, Chapman and Lenz don’t, observing “you don’t always buy items for yourself, do you?” WSIRN links to Amazon so you can, though. “We’re not trying to urge you to buy particular bestsellers or anything like that,” they say, “we simply want to help people share their favorite items with each other.”

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16th Century Kindle

March 3, 2013

16th Century Kindle

Agostino Ramelli (1531–1600) designed many wonderful engines, among them a device that let the reader refer to many texts at the same time:

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E-Book Readers and Print Readers

February 9, 2013

E-Book Readers and Print Readers

Q: If you read something on an e-reader, will you understand it as well as if you had read it in an ink-on-paper book?

A: Yes.

— “Readers Grasp E-Books Just As Well As Print,” Nic Halverson, Discovery News

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Image (“Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading Her Kindle, After Mary Cassatt”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Banned Books Week 2012

October 3, 2012

Banned Books Week 2012

It’s the middle of Banned Books Week (September 30 to October 6, 2012).  Read a banned book yet?

The freedom to read what we will is firmly rooted in the First Amendment, yet many who rant about upholding the Constitution would restrict our access to written art, enlightenment, and information. Celebrate liberty and literacy —read a banned book today.

Banned Books Day Events listed by state here.

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This Weekend: National Book Festival

September 22, 2012

This Weekend: National Book Festival

Reminder: The National Book Festival is underway, on the National Mall. Read about it here.

2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival
September 22-23, 2012 on the National Mall
Washington, DC

 Celebrate the Book with Two Days of Writers, Poets & Pavilions
Free
Rain or Shine

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Image (based on the Rafael López poster) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com. We regret that authors cannot sign your copies of their e-books. Look around for paper ones (ask Mom & Dad).

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National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012

September 13, 2012

National Book Festival, September 22-23, 2012

2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival
September 22-23, 2012 on the National Mall
Washington, DC

 Celebrate the Book with Two Days of Writers, Poets & Pavilions
Free

The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held on the National Mall between 9th and 14th Streets on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.

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