E-Books Get a Makeover E-readers rejoice: Amazon & Google are rolling out new fonts designed not only to look better on screen but to make reading easier on the eye - For typography fans, electronic books have long been the visual equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. The fonts are uninviting. Jarring swaths of white space stretch between words. Absent are all the typesetting nuances of a fine print book. Bookerly is a new Kindle exclusive font designed for reading on digital screens.
A Bibliophile's Defense of Physical Books - Forgoing physicality, readers of e-books defraud themselves of the communion which emerges from that physicality. Because if Max Frisch is correct in defining technology as “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it,” then one might argue that we aren’t really experiencing a novel or poems on our e-readers. We might be reading them—although I find that an e-reader’s scrolling and swiping are invitations to skim, not to…
As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You
As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You - Before the Internet, books were written — and published — blindly, hopefully. Sometimes they sold, usually they did not, but no one had a clue what readers did when they opened them up. Did they skip or skim? Slow down or speed up when the end was in sight? Linger over the sex scenes?
Digital reading: not so discreet after all…E-readers are virtual gold mines for data-hungry corporations. So should we be worried? At the end of 2012 the Electronic Frontier Foundation published the latest edition of its E-Reader Privacy Chart, & the results aren't great. Almost every service tracks searches for books, meaning not just what you read, but what you're interested in, is stored. Trying to change your history is frustrating & in most cases impossible.
Illuminated vs. backlit eReaders - Illuminated eReaders like the new Kindle Paperwhite are basically the original Kindle with a tiny light inside the case. This tiny light shines on the page without getting in your eyes. It's an elegant solution to the problem of reading a Kindle in the dark. Backlit tablets, like the Kindle Fire & the iPad, have the down side of making you read on a computer screen. For a lot of people, this isn't such a big deal. Personally after spending a whole day....
There’s nothing easy about reading Never Let Me Go, because it has an honesty that will make you question so many things. Like the social alienation of specific groups of people, and the painful fact that love can be lost or missed, all because of timing. It’s beautiful, haunting, and complex.
Summertime Readers Turn Away from e-Books - e-Books were not the format of choice during the summer months, as they only accounted for 21% of all industry sales. The vast majority of readers instead embraced paperback & hardcovers. Paperbacks accounted for 43% of all units sold & hardcover purchases remained fairly steady at 25%. This statistics basically prove that digital still has a way to go before it ever over takes print.
Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming
(Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming) A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming
PC Magazine's The Best Ebook Readers of 2015 - Whether you're considering joining the digital book revolution, or just want a new device to replace an older one, here are the best ebook readers on the market today. the new Paperwhite uses a 6" Carta E Ink touch screen, with a resolution of 1,448 by 1,072 & 300 pixels per inch. Simply put, the display is terrific. Text is incredibly sharp & dark, & the screen is glare-free.
Today in Black History, 10/7/2013 - Amiri Baraka (Everett LeRoi Jones) published “Blues People: Negro Music in White America,” which is considered one of the most influential volumes of jazz criticism, in 1963. For more info, check out today's notes!