Category Archives: reading

Praise for Kindle from a creative place

Most conversations about the relationship between Kindle/e-readers and reading are defensive. Kindle lovers try to explain why it’s still a book, prove that they love reading even though do it in silicon, and still seem refined even though their love of the smell of paper isn’t enough to bring them back. During an interview on […]

Full-channel books

Just downloaded a copy of the promising “Paid, Owned, Earned” by Nick Burcher. Actually, I’m carrying it around in my off-line bookbag on O’Reilly’s Safari Online Bookshelf. In the intro, the author lays out the book’s ecosystem: I don’t know about non-genre fiction, but certainly for fiction, this should be the model for many books […]

Found That Carl Sagan Quote!

A couple weeks ago, I put out a plea for a Carl Sagan quote for an Ignite NYC talk I was going to do. I had to paraphrase the line as “This is the kind of problem that is fun to think about while walking in the woods on a winter morning.” My friend Parfait […]

Best iPad notification yet

I recently downloaded a bunch of digital books highlighted by Peter Meyers at OReilly Radar. Meyers is a terrific thinker about digital books, going deep on usability, design, how text should be created for ebooks, and what the medium can do to enhance reading experiences. In his “10 Innovative Digital Books” to check, he included […]

Goodreads reviews as art form

Nearly two years ago, I gushed about how great goodreads.com is. A social site where people record what they’ve read, are reading, just finished reading, or intend to read, goodreads.com is a way find great book recommendations, connect with readers with similar interests (socially, or as a resource), and if I were brave enough to […]

What’s up with deckle edge?

I don’t know if I’m just noticing this or if it’s new. But it’s kind of weird — Amazon is touting books that have ‘deckle edge’. I originally thought it was an effect of when books needed the pages cut before reading, but it’s actually an effect of papermilling: Definition: The ragged edge of the […]

Kindle Fail: Shallowed reading of Bleak House

I finally hit a wall with the Kindle where I could no longer continue reading a book on the device and had to get a pressed-pulp book. The book is Dickens’s Bleak House. The factors that moved it into unKindleable, and which make me think there are serious limits to the academic application of the […]

Why read the classics? Well . . .

A new book-reading group from Penguin recommends the top ten classics that everyone should read. The reason to read them? Why read classic works of literature? There are a myriad of reasons, just one of which is to catch the numerous references that appear in movies, television, politics, and throughout pop culture. In the above […]

Sticking with Goodreads: Recommendations are hard to do

Just signed up for bookarmy this morning. Someone had posted on an old entry of mine that it was pretty good, but first impressions can be killer. Leaving aside some confusing design issues (a mix of authors, readers, reviews, publisher descriptions, and user-generated content threw me off), the first recommendation was beyond terrible. After you […]

Getting over our techno fears with books

Clive Thompson has a nice, quick piece in WIRED about how technology can help increase reading and readership and why people, particularly publishers should stop bemoaning it. Hits a lot of nice notes, but I most like the way in which it turns reading into a social activity . . . again. Like other markets, […]