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5 Sites and Apps to Read Free, Quick Short Stories Everyday - @MakeUSeOf

5 Sites and Apps to Read Free, Quick Short Stories Everyday - @MakeUSeOf | cognition | Scoop.it
If you aren’t reading fiction already, you should be! Reading fiction has several benefits, studies have shown, from relieving stress and sleeping better to lightening your mood and keeping your mind sharp as you age.

Now, it’s advisable to target one brain-boosting habit each year. So for 2016, let’s make it about reading a little fiction every day. Like with any habit, the less resistance in getting started, the easier it will be.

We scoured the world wide web for the best sites and apps that serve a dose of short stories whenever you want them. Here’s what you need.

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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader | cognition | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 2015 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 2015 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 2015 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem

“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem | cognition | Scoop.it
"It's annoying for others to have to hear you."

We live in a culture that often romanticizes books as the tender and exhilarating love-ma
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From text:

Don’t read books!
Don’t chant poems!
When you read books your eyeballs wither away
leaving the bare sockets.
When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly
with each word.

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Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Scientific American

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others
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When they read excerpts of genre fiction, such as Danielle Steel’s The Sins of the Mother, their test results were dually insignificant. However, when they read literary fiction, such as The Round House by Louise Erdrich, their test results improved markedly—and, by implication, so did their capacity for empathy. 

 

...Literary fiction, by contrast, focuses more on the psychology of characters and their relationships. “Often those characters’ minds are depicted vaguely, without many details, and we’re forced to fill in the gaps to understand their intentions and motivations,” Kidd says. This genre prompts the reader to imagine the characters’ introspective dialogues. This psychological awareness carries over into the real world, which is full of complicated individuals whose inner lives are usually difficult to fathom.

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10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End | cognition | Scoop.it
Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series.
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Debt: The First 5,000 Years eBook: David Graeber: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Debt: The First 5,000 Years eBook: David Graeber: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store...
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How science made me a writer

How science made me a writer | cognition | Scoop.it
As a programmer and all-around nerd, I learned that the intricacies of science can be a great driver for plot
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Andy Weir on the making of The Martian, with a glimpse into the 'making of Andy Weir'...

The book is a delight. A well told story that is also a peek into the rise of complex, rich, full of twists and turns unfoldment of ultimately 'simple' fundamental conditions. Not to mention how likable and involving the characters are.

They are making a movie out of it... not sure i'll like it. But the story and the story of the story are definitely recommended. 

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Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature

Literature-Map - The tourist map of literature | cognition | Scoop.it
Travel the world of Literature.
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shows authors on a map chartered by what readers read.

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An Evening with Neil Gaiman, Part 1

Author Neil Gaiman speaks to the Jessamine County (Ky.) Public Library via online vidoeconference as a National Library Week event.
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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As digital texts and technologies become more prevalent, we gain new and more mobile ways of reading—but are we still reading as attentively and thoroughly? How do our brains respond differently to onscreen text than to words on paper? Should we be worried about dividing our attention between pixels and ink or is the validity of such concerns paper-thin?

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Texts and Tweets: Myths and Realities

Texts and Tweets: Myths and Realities | cognition | Scoop.it
Professor David Crystal, one of the world's leading linguistic experts, challenges the myth that new communication technologies are destroying language.
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