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Smashwords gets more self-published ebooks into libraries

Smashwords gets more self-published ebooks into libraries | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Digital self-publishing site Smashwords is making it easier for self-published authors to get their ebooks into libraries.

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"Wimpy Kid" Author's 6 Tips to Hook Reluctant Readers

"Wimpy Kid" Author's 6 Tips to Hook Reluctant Readers | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Jeff Kinney offers sure-fire ways to get kids reading -- and have fun doing it.
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High-tech FingerReader reads to the blind in real time

High-tech FingerReader reads to the blind in real time | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a ring-like device worn on the index finger that reads aloud books and restaurant menus on the go for people who are blind.
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Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like

Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
E-readers are dead. So are bookstores. What's left? 
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Instead of begging, homeless man reviews books on the street and sells them (but not to kids)

Instead of begging, homeless man reviews books on the street and sells them (but not to kids) | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Philani is a homeless man in his mid-twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many people in his situation simply stand at corners begging. And that can sometimes meet basic needs...but it certainly doesn't set a person apart or motivate people walking or...
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50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read

50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Learning to read is not a magic formula it's a long process that parents can help their children navigate with easy playful activities. Here are 50 ways you can work on teaching your child to read.
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Charles Wright becomes new U.S. Poet Laureate, reports say

Charles Wright becomes new U.S. Poet Laureate, reports say | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Wright, a Virginia resident, is the author of haunting poems, many of them gathered in a Dante-esque cycle of three trilogies known informally as 'The Appalachian Book of the Dead.'
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The Hillary Clinton book tour -- How books help a presidential candidate - The Boston Globe

The Hillary Clinton book tour -- How books help a presidential candidate - The Boston Globe | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
A book, and the national book tour that often follows it, can help politicians in a number of ways that have nothing to do with book sales.
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A boy, his horse and World War One

A boy, his horse and World War One | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
The woman sitting next to me had her head in her hands. The room is dark but I could still see from the gentle shuddering of her shoulders that she was crying.
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How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips

How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
While students might trudge through set texts in lessons, how can teachers inspire them to open a book when they get home? Martin Williams explores interesting initiatives developed by teachers
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Fiona's curator insight, June 8, 8:08 PM

Some nice ideas here. I like the idea of valuing what the child is reading. What did they choose? What do they think about it? Don't just ask them if they would recommend it. Recommendation is not why we choose to read books.

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Kids Don't Read Books Because Parents Don't Read Books

Kids Don't Read Books Because Parents Don't Read Books | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
There is a cultural narrative about how electronic devices are pulling children away from books. When I meet with other university professors they often tell me that the students don’t read anymore because their eyeballs are glued to their phones. Technophobes think we are raising a generation that doesn’t understand [...]
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Fiona's curator insight, June 8, 8:14 PM

Some really interesting ideas here eg "It seems to me that we currently live in a culture that is more heavily text based than any other time in history."

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Publisher makes powerful case for the importance of reading and ...

It shocked him further to find these negative reading comments coming from young African-Americans – “who have as much to gain as anyone from the immense return on investment of intellectual curiosity that only books can deliver.” ...
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A World Digital Library Is Coming True!

by Robert Darnton

A World Digital Library Is Coming True!<br/><br/> by Robert Darnton | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
In the scramble to gain market share in cyberspace, something is getting lost: the public interest. Libraries and laboratories—crucial nodes of the World Wide Web—are buckling under economic pressure, and the information they diffuse is being diverted away from the public sphere, where it can do most good. Not that information comes free or “wants to be free,” as Internet enthusiasts proclaimed twenty years ago. It comes filtered through expensive technologies and financed by powerful corporations.
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Milwaukee teen criminals find success in books

Milwaukee teen criminals find success in books | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Some of southeast Wisconsin's most successful students are in a classroom environment that most might not expect.
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Should Germans Read ‘Mein Kampf’?

Should Germans Read ‘Mein Kampf’? | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
A new edition of Hitler’s book may help them confront their past.
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College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices

College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Big increases leave librarians at liberal-arts institutions feeling ambushed.
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“Sherlock Holmes” Is Now Officially Off Copyright and Open for Business

“Sherlock Holmes” Is Now Officially Off Copyright and Open for Business | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
What amazing Holmes fan fiction will you create?
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City Forces 9-Year-Old Boy to Move "Little Free Library" From Front Yard

City Forces 9-Year-Old Boy to Move "Little Free Library" From Front Yard | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
It violates a city code that bans detached structures
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10 Great Historical Novels That Will Transport You Back In Time

10 Great Historical Novels That Will Transport You Back In Time | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
This is the huge appeal of historical fiction. It transports the reader to another time -- dramatically different yet full of striking similarities....
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New Orleans librarian, Laurence Copel, wins $3,000 prize

New Orleans librarian, Laurence Copel, wins $3,000 prize | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Copel will receive the prize money for her efforts, which include setting up a library in her own home and riding her bicycle to reach families in need of books.
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14 Movies You Definitely Didn't Know Were Based On Books

14 Movies You Definitely Didn't Know Were Based On Books | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Watching Die Hard, which is arguably the apex of 80s action flicks, brings to mind more than a few strong adjectives: bizarre, stress-inducing, visually interesting... literary? That's right: your very favorite Bruce Willis production was originally ...

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Secrets of the Stacks — Book Excerpts — Medium

Secrets of the Stacks — Book Excerpts — Medium | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Seize the day and read a book - Morning Sentinel

Seize the day and read a book - Morning Sentinel | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Seize the day and read a book
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If you are poor, or infirm or friendless, reading allows you the luxury of traveling the world from your armchair, meeting interesting people and learning how to do a million and one things.
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Small Hope, Big Misfortune: A Map Thief’s Visions of Utopia in Maine

Small Hope, Big Misfortune: A Map Thief’s Visions of Utopia in Maine | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Michael Blanding, author of The Map Thief, traces the roots of Forbes Smiley's thievery to an early childhood obsession: his quest for idyllic living, his efforts to buy and control a small town in Main, and the debt that accrued and drove him to crookery.
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17 Spectacular Bookshops In Australia To See Before You Die

17 Spectacular Bookshops In Australia To See Before You Die | Reading discovery | Scoop.it
Lose yourself in a world of books.
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