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BBC - World Service - Home

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International news, analysis and information from the BBC World Service.
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This is a wonderful radio project on the future of books. Great interviews and great insight

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What Does It Mean That 1 in 4 Adults Didn't Read a Book Last Year? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

What Does It Mean That 1 in 4 Adults Didn't Read a Book Last Year? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Those numbers sound way more alarming than they actually are. The bigger problem: the stagnant literacy rate.
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I find this to be disgusting.  There is also a list of the books that we actually did read last year.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, February 2, 11:08 AM

"If we are what we read, then Americans are wimpy, religious, ambitious, self-improving, and patriotic."  It's depressing that 14%  of the population can’t read and that 24 % of adults didn’t read a single book last year…and the list of what we did read is not very encouraging.  

Lou Salza's curator insight, February 5, 5:59 PM

This research is damning! We are now in our second or third generation of failing to teach reading to children. Those children we failed in the past are now having children and we continue to make make saber rattling laws that blame parents and children, protect ineffective programs, and teacher's right's over learner's rights. --Lou

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"....However, the most critical measure of our reading culture is not necessarily the amount read, in whatever format, but the ability to read. Last April, the United States Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy found that 32 million Americans, or about 14 percent of the population, cannot read, while almost a quarter of American adults read below a fifth-grade level. In fact, literacy rates in America haven’t risen much in two decades.

Those sobering figures complicate whatever judgments we might make about last week’s Pew study. Our reading habits reflect not only our choices, but also our abilities. More and more, they also reflect our access. Acquiring books, new or used, may seem like an inexpensive venture for most, but for others the cost is prohibitive. The free alternatives, public libraries, are chronically underfunded: local branches are closing, while opening hours and staff are increasingly limited. To assume that the 24 percent of adults who did not read a single book last year chose to do so is to ignore the likelihood that some of those surveyed cannot read or could not access a book...."

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OR Books — Hacking Politics

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Learn about the story behind stopping SOPA from the people who did it!

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I haven't purchased this yet, but I will soon. It will be interesting and sad to read the story from the viewpoint of Aaron Swartz.  Swartz killed himself in January, 2013.

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Interview With Stephen Levy -- Author of In the Plex, How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

Few companies in history have ever been as successful and admired as Google, the startup that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes readers inside Google headquarters -- the Googleplex -- to show how Google works. 

The Computer History Museum is pleased to be the first stop on Levy's book tour, and to have Stephen Levy and interviewer Laura Sydell -- who have both been reporting on Google for over a decade -- on our stage to examine Google from the inside out. Their conversation is wide ranging -- including a look at Google's many successful businesses -- due in large part according to Levy to its engineering mindset, and adoption of Internet values like speed, openness, experimentation and risk-taking. They also discuss whether Google has lost its innovative edge, its stumble in China, its newest initiative in social networking where it's chasing a successful competitor for the first time...and much more.
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Thank you to Tania Kowritski for providing this information & interview about "In The Plex".  This book was written about working at Google.

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Seth Godin's favorite books for 2013 Readers A diet for your mind

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Many of you you know that I am a huge fan of marketing hero Seth Godin.  Here are some books that he suggests we all read.

 

This list does not just include marketing books. They are about understanding the mind, motivation and the world around us.

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A great list of books that Seth Godin suggests we read

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:39 AM

Anyone who follows Seth Godin knows he certainly thinks out of the box.  Does his reading list have anything to do with his creative mind?  Well, here's your chance to read and see...

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Sourcefabric - Open Source Platform to Write & Publish Books

Sourcefabric - Open Source Platform to Write & Publish Books | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The open source platform to write and publish print and digital books.
Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Create books on your own or with others via an easy-to-use web interface.

 

Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences.


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Likeonomics

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A modern Day Dale Carnegie book.  It is not primarily about Social Media but about how business networks run as well as attracting customers.

 

Likeonomics is book about how likeability is the secret to building real trust. But it is NOT about just being nice.

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The Promise and Peril of E-Books, and the Library of the Future

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Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.

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More publishers abandon print

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Random House's announcement that it would drop its print catalog added to the growing chorus of publishers moving to a digital-only business model.
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Here is the list of books I recommend for using technology in the classroom
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Presentation Zen: 10 Books for the 21st-Century Presenter, Storyteller

Presentation Zen: 10 Books for the 21st-Century Presenter, Storyteller | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
"The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write," Samuel Johnson once said. "A man will turn over half a library to make a book." In order to make any kind of contribution during...
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The more I read, the more I want to read. Some great books have come out in the last 6 months. I'm really excited for "Jab Jab Jab Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck..  He gives great examples from real posts in social media about what businesses are doing right/wrong in their quest for helping their ideas spread. More importantly, he shares the science of how and why we need to treat different social media platforms differently.

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Will you be employable in the next 5 years?

Will you be employable in the next 5 years? | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Google's Ad revenue is now bigger than the entire U.S.A. print industry.

Ken Morrison's insight:

Gulp!  You are not going to forget this website.  I fully support Mitch Joel. I am so thankful for his countrless free podcasts and blogs that have helped me through the years. I hope that his new book sells well.  In Cntrl-Alt-Delete, Joel discusses the many reasons why businesses and workers both need to reboot our careers.  I've enjoyed his insights via about five podcasts this past month as he is making the circuits among many power bloggers in our industry. The experts love this guy and I can see why!  I believe that I have heard every one of his podcasts for the pase four years.  I highly endorse his opinions.

 

 

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The Past & Future of Infographics

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It could be argued that early caveman actually invented infographics.

 

It wasn’t until 1626, however, that infographics were published in the book Rosa Ursina Sive Sol by Christoph Scheiner. His illustrations clearly and concisely demonstrated the rotation patterns of the Sun. After that, infographics appeared regularly in a variety of other publications.

 

In the 1970’s, The Sunday Times, an award-winning British newspaper, began using infographics to make the news more interesting. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, other newspapers began following suit.

 

By the turn of the 21st century, new technologies emerged that enabled a host of companies to create infographics quickly and easily. Infographics slowly began making their way onto websites, in magazines, products and games...


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Tim Ferriss on Mastering Any Skill

Behind the Brand host Bryan Elliott talks to best-selling author of The 4-Hour Chef, life-hacker, entrepreneur and possibly the new Most Interesting Man in t...
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Ken Morrison's curator insight, April 2, 2013 8:56 PM

The enthusiastic Tim Ferriss is changing publishing history.  Here are the writings that make him think:

1,000 True Fans:
http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/03/1000_true_fans.phpThe 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!

http://www.amazon.com/22-Immutable-Laws-Marketing-Violate/dp/0887306667

 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/book-review-bird-by-bird/

 

On Writing Well
http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Well-30th-Anniversary-Nonfiction/dp/0060891548Letters to a Fiction Writer

http://www.amazon.com/Letters-Fiction-Writer-Frederick-Busch/dp/0393320618

 
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Loy Machedo’s Book Review – YOU are a Brand by Catherine Kaputa

Loy Machedo’s Book Review – YOU are a Brand by Catherine Kaputa | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Some of the characteristics of the book that I loved the most were:
1) The Brain-Storming Exercises mentioned throughout the book
2) The encapsulation of the ideas in a nutshell towards the end of every chapter.
3) The bulleted points to simplify understanding and ensure brevity.
4) The practical to-do tips peppered throughout the book
5) The new and fresh examples which were cited in the book.

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Loy Machedo shares his views after reading "YOU Are a Brand". 

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Google Ngram Viewer

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Today I learned about Ngram Viewer by Google.  Google has been rapidly digitizing books.  They want to organize all of the worlds information.  By doing this, they are able to chart word usage through the history of the printed word.  Ngram allows you plot a graph with the history of words.   In this simple example, I chose the compare the  words curation (blue) vs curate (red)

 

After looking at the chart, you may be  trying to recall what happenened in the second century of the 1800s?  Here's some non-academic help: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090211144907AATu5Ux

 

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Marketing In The Round

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A nice discussion with the authors of "Marketing in the Round". This book is about eliminating marketing silos and integrating all aspects of marketing and public communications.

 

A better description of the book can be found here:

http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Round-Integrated-Campaign-Biz-Tech/dp/0789749173

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Lessons I Learned Reading Over 200 Books

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Twitter-sized reviews to 5-years worth of reading.
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TechCrunch | The End Of Books: Ikea Is Changing Shelves To Reflect Changing Demand

TechCrunch | The End Of Books: Ikea Is Changing Shelves To Reflect Changing Demand | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
If you needed any more proof that the age of dead-tree books is over take a look at these alarming style changes at Ikea: the furniture manufacturer's iconic BILLY bookcase - the bookcase that everyone put together when they got their first...
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Emporia State University - Instructional Design and Technology

Emporia State University - Instructional Design and Technology | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Great list of books used to learn a ton about instructional design & technology. I miss my library so much!
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