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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

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E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

Via Nik Peachey
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Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:15 PM

Facinating! The comments on this piece also are interesting.

Lou Salza's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:53 AM

I have been using text to speech almost exclusively for reading articles on the web, newspapers, and courese reading for a course in Leadership I am taking at Case Western Reserve University. I love the e-readers ( Read and Write Gold; Kindle, and Audio books)  because I can jack up the speed and read with my ears as fast as non dyslexics who are fluent readers read with their eyes. We need to understand the 'cost' of eye reading to dyslexic students even when they "graduate" from OG or Wilson: the burden of phonological processing is too high in terms of fatigue. If we don't make the technology more available and acceptable in schools we will deny intelligent students with print challenges the opportunity to study in college, graduate or professional schools. 

I still read paper books.  Right now I am reading  A light in August by Faulkner. It is on my night stand and it is a wonderful if slow experience for me. For some, print will never 'fall away' and allow for effortless decoding and pholonological recoding.--Lou  

 

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"Understanding how reading on paper is different from reading on screens requires some explanation of how the brain interprets written language. We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned with the abstract—with thoughts and ideas, tone and themes, metaphors and motifs. As far as our brains are concerned, however, text is a tangible part of the physical world we inhabit. In fact, the brain essentially regards letters as physical objects because it does not really have another way of understanding them. As Wolf explains in her book Proust and the Squid, we are not born with brain circuits dedicated to reading. After all, we did not invent writing until relatively recently in our evolutionary history, around the fourth millennium B.C. So the human brain improvises a brand-new circuit for reading by weaving together various regions of neural tissue devoted to other abilities, such as spoken language, motor coordination and vision..."

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

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Today’s infographic informs us that storytellers have the power to “plant emotions, thoughts, and ideas into the brain of the listener.”
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Cyd Madsen's curator insight, June 2, 2013 6:44 PM

Some fascinating facts on storytelling. Storyteller and listener's brain actually start functioning in synch. 

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How Books Get Sold to a Traditional Publishers

If you decide you want to have your blogged book—or any book—published by a traditional publisher, you need to understand the traditional publishing process.
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Excellent advice in a very tough world of getting a story told to those who want to hear it.  And we do want to hear it.  Honest.

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How to Handle Rejection With Grace and Aplomb - Huffington Post (satire)

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How to Handle Rejection With Grace and Aplomb
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The following are pre-written rejection forms for almost any occasion, literary or otherwise. I'm providing this service free ...
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I handle rejection with a rotten tomatoe.  Plums could be a step up for me.

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] | Tell Me A Story | Scoop.it
Today’s infographic informs us that storytellers have the power to “plant emotions, thoughts, and ideas into the brain of the listener.”
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Some fascinating facts on storytelling. Storyteller and listener's brain actually start functioning in synch. 

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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 | Tell Me A Story | 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

Via Nik Peachey
Cyd Madsen's insight:

Hmmmmm.......

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Carolyn D Cowen's curator insight, May 15, 2013 12:15 PM

Facinating! The comments on this piece also are interesting.

Lou Salza's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:53 AM

I have been using text to speech almost exclusively for reading articles on the web, newspapers, and courese reading for a course in Leadership I am taking at Case Western Reserve University. I love the e-readers ( Read and Write Gold; Kindle, and Audio books)  because I can jack up the speed and read with my ears as fast as non dyslexics who are fluent readers read with their eyes. We need to understand the 'cost' of eye reading to dyslexic students even when they "graduate" from OG or Wilson: the burden of phonological processing is too high in terms of fatigue. If we don't make the technology more available and acceptable in schools we will deny intelligent students with print challenges the opportunity to study in college, graduate or professional schools. 

I still read paper books.  Right now I am reading  A light in August by Faulkner. It is on my night stand and it is a wonderful if slow experience for me. For some, print will never 'fall away' and allow for effortless decoding and pholonological recoding.--Lou  

 

Excerpt:

"Understanding how reading on paper is different from reading on screens requires some explanation of how the brain interprets written language. We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned with the abstract—with thoughts and ideas, tone and themes, metaphors and motifs. As far as our brains are concerned, however, text is a tangible part of the physical world we inhabit. In fact, the brain essentially regards letters as physical objects because it does not really have another way of understanding them. As Wolf explains in her book Proust and the Squid, we are not born with brain circuits dedicated to reading. After all, we did not invent writing until relatively recently in our evolutionary history, around the fourth millennium B.C. So the human brain improvises a brand-new circuit for reading by weaving together various regions of neural tissue devoted to other abilities, such as spoken language, motor coordination and vision..."

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E-books Now Make Up 1/5 of U.S. Book Sales

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The book industry had a healthy 2012, driven in part by the rising popularity of e-books.

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I would have thought it was more than this by now. There is something wonderful about holding a real book - the feel, the weight, the smell, the comfort.  The adorable way they smack you in the face if you dare fall asleep while reading. 

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Don Dea's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:09 AM

, trade books generated $15 billion in revenue in 2012, up 6.9% from the year before. Trade publications include fiction and non-fiction books for adults, young adults and children, and do not include higher ed, K-12 and professional/scholarly volumes.

Approximately one in five books sold were e-books, which collectively accounted for $3 billion, or also about a fifth, of all trade publishing revenue, up 44.2% from 2011. That growth was fueled in part by a sharp increase in sales of children's and young adult fiction, up 117% to $469 million. Adult fiction is still the dominate seller in the category however, accounting for $1.8 billion in revenue.