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Your E-Book Is Reading You - Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal reports that publishing companies have unprecedented access to people’s personal reading preferences, thanks to innovations in technology and the rise of the E-Book. (For example, they know that the most “highlighted” line in any novel comes from The Hunger Games. The second most-cited line is Pride & Prejudice’s opening.)


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The Reading Games

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So, what will it take to get kids to read these days? Oxford University Press has a hankering that the answer lies in games.

 

The publishing company, which is the largest university press in the world, recently announced its partnership with SecretBuilders, a mobile online game developer that will do the technical work behind the gamification of classical literature for a younger audience. Aimed at the under-15 crowd, SecretBuilders plans to present fictional characters and detailed storylines digitally, giving children the opportunity to engage with the plot on their tablets and smart phones. 

 

The project is part of the "50 Great Reads Before 15" campaign launched by Oxford University Press. Among the selected works are such time-honored classics as: Macbeth, Don Quixote, and Pride and Prejudice. SecretBuilders CEO Umair Khan explains that incorporating the latest and most viral technology in the effort will "ensure that children associate reading with fun so that their literary journey begins even before they can read their first page and continues long thereafter." The existing "gameworld" of SecretBuilders encompasses an online community of 7 million users, who each week interact with a work of classic literature through contests, missions, themed parties, and virtual talk shows that bring the characters and their worlds to life for young readers. Oxford University Press has sponsored "The Bookworms Club" within this gameworld to provide a base context for virtual activities relating to the books featured as part of the partnership. 

 

In addition to the weekly spotlighted title, each month SecretBuilders will release a new mobile game that will be available across the gamut of app stores, including GooglePlay, iTunes, and Blackberry AppWorld. The first of these games is forthcoming for Nook and Kindle devices and will lead readers through Alice in Wonderland through a game that prompts them to find differences between images.

 


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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 154): Panel: History That Never Happened, Our Favorite Alternate History Stories - SF Signal

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 154): Panel: History That Never Happened, Our Favorite Alternate History Stories - SF Signal | Literary Education | Scoop.it
RT @PrinceJvstin: RT @PrinceJvstin: The new @Sfsignal podcast is on Alternate Histories: http://t.co/aLLZrkqb with @gailcarriger @mybookishways @atfmb and me!
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The 'Banned Books' list is a hilariously depressing history of people missing the point

The 'Banned Books' list is a hilariously depressing history of people missing the point | Literary Education | Scoop.it
Educators thought Orwell's 1984 was promoting Communism.
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4-D Multimedia Storytelling with Meograph

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Meograph, a new digital storytelling tool released in beta on July 23, takes its name from its two key components: media and infographics. The concept, a hybrid of the Facebook Timeline, Google maps, photo albums, and sound files, sprung from the personal experiences of founder and CEO Misha Leybovich with multimedia storytelling and his resulting itch to improve upon those platforms and capitalize on their interactive potential.

 

As he told SocialTimes, the inspiration behind Meograph was threefold: "1) When I was 8, I read a book called Flatland and have been thinking about how to visualize space and time together ever since! 2) At my last job as a strategy consultant I became an expert at pairing data visualization and storytelling. 3) Over the past 7 years I’ve traveled to 70 countries and couldn’t find any way I liked to visualize my adventures. All those came together into Meograph, and once I started talking to my friends about it, the other applications (journalism, education, biography, etc.) became very clear." (http://socialtimes.com/meet-meograph-a-new-tool-for-mapping-multimedia-stories_b97334).

 

Meograph takes the Timeline concept to the next level. Users are prompted to identify important "moments" and flesh them out by providing information as to the what, where, and when of each. In addition to textual and photographic captioning, they can add audio narration, video clips, and hyperlinks to enhance personal experiences with outside perspectives. All of these media sources are set against the backdrop of a moving Google map or Google Earth street-level view matched to the event location. It's an experience in 4-dimensional memory -- a digital slideshow of your life, albeit a version that can be rewinded and fast-forwarded as desired.

 

Meographs can be embedded, shared, and interacted with using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr and personal blogs, and viewers are transported from moment to moment with a simple click of the play button.

 

Users can try out the platform and view a demo of how it all works on the Meograph site: http://www.meograph.com/. As it is currently in beta, however, potential test must submit their email addresses to be granted an invite to do more than that at this point. Behind the scenes, Leybovich and his team have been working to fix glitches and improve the functionality of the platform. At present, Meograph works best with Google Chrome, and Firefox users may experience inconsistencies with audio playback. In a month's time, Meograph plans to introduce a new graphical authoring tool that will make file uploading more intuitive. Continuing to integrate the platform with social media networks so users can easily interact with their personal data throughout the Meograph creation process is also a top priority. (http://socialtimes.com/meet-meograph-a-new-tool-for-mapping-multimedia-stories_b97334)


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Survey: 88% of U.S. Social Media Users Are Registered Voters [Infographic]

Survey: 88% of U.S. Social Media Users Are Registered Voters [Infographic] | Literary Education | Scoop.it
The United States is having an election next week and the political machine is just getting warmed up for what is certain to be a very contentious presidential election year in 2012.

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