The Morning Coffee – 21 August 2014

The reading list is quite short this morning. Don’t eat the yellow snow.

  • Report: 25% of Tablets Shipped to Asia Can Make Phone Calls (TNW)
  • Against Editors (Gawker)
  • Amazon’s fan-fiction portal Kindle Worlds is a bust for fans, and for writers too (The Passive Voice)
  • Tell it like it is, critics – however painful (Telegraph)
  • To Self-Publish and Perish: Buried Under 3.4 Million E-Books (claudenougat)

Hands On: B&N and Samsung’s Co-Branded Nook Tablet Comes Bundled with $200 in Content

Galaxy-Tab-4-NOOK_25[1]Barnes & Noble’s latest Nook launched today, and it is everything we expected. Based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, the new Nook tablet has all the same specs as the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, including the quad-core 1.2GHz Marvell CPU, 1.5GB RAM, and the 7″ display with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 800. Continue reading

Studies Disagree on Whether Readers Absorb Less on Kindles than on Paper

292100160_743d18dd65_n[1]The Guardian reported yesterday on a new study which showed that reading on a Kindle led test subjects to recall fewer details from the story, leading some to speculate that we’ve reached the edges of ebook usability.

While Nicholas Carr might want to use this paper to sound the death knell of ebooks, I think further study is warranted.

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On Tablets, Summer Reading, and Parental Role Models for Young Readers: How Schools and Libraries Can Together Connect the Dots

alexandriatest2It’s summer. Is your child reading—one way to guard against a seasonal slump? Oh, and here’s a very much related question. Are you reading?

“You are a role model for your children,” writes Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., a board-certified neurologist as well as a former middle school teacher. “When they see you reading books, not just for specific reasons but also for enjoyment, their regard for books can change. It is just as important for them to see you being challenged when reading, such as by more technical books. This increases their comfort about difficulties they have reading complex books.” Continue reading