Between popup ads, auto-play video ads, and pernicious tracking cookies, there are a hundred and one good reasons to use ad-blocking plugins like Adblock Plus.
That doesn’t stop some experts like Benedict Evans from calling such plugins “malware installed by the user“, but a new report from security researchers should take the wind out of his sails. Continue reading
Reading might be typically associated with a sedentary lifestyle, but it’s not all bad. Canada’s National Reading Campaign released an infographic last week which details how reading can lower your stress level and help you become a better person.
It can’t do much for one’s weight or cholesterol, but for that I would recommend an audiobook and a good pair of shoes. Continue reading
Released just in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair, there’s a new survey report out this week which looks at smartphone owners and asks how they read.
According to early coverage, Amazon is facing fierce competition for readers on mobile phones. While the retailer is the dominant ebook retailer among respondents, the survey claims that in certain key age groups iBooks is coming in a close second. Continue reading
Given the many new mobile device launched each year and the excess of models still floating around from past years, a reader has many choices for reading devices.
That’s why every so often I like to post an open question where I share what I’m using, and ask readers what gadgets they are reading on. Continue reading
- Diagnostic Tests to help determine your average reading Words Per Minute (WPM)
- 3 distinct reading exercises
- Multiple public domain works to chose from
- A stats screen to track your progress
- Highlighted recognition points
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Price: $ 1.99
Minimum Android Required: 2.3
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In addition to launching a couple new Kindles on Wednesday, Amazon is also saying that they’re launching a whole slew of new reading features (some of which, including Kindle Unlimited, aren’t quite as new as Amazon would have you think). Continue reading
Rail travelers have a lot of time on their hands but they don’t always have a good book to fill it, and that’s why SNCF has launched a new digital library program.
Passengers riding on the French state railway can now take advantage of a selection of free public domain ebooks. Developed in partnership with Storylab and Parallel Publishing, the bibliothèque digitale TER offers short reads which can take anywhere from 15, 30, 45 minutes, to 1 hour , perfect for short trips. Continue reading
The Pew Research Center regularly polls the American public on their reading habits, but until now we had far less information on how people listen to audiobooks.
A couple days ago Book Riot released the results of their latest Great Audiobook Survey, and it shows that the listening public differs significantly from the reading public. Continue reading
It’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
Kobo quietly rolled out a new update last week for their Android app, and it’s one worth our attention.
In addition to the usual bug fixes and other improvements, the new app boasts support for Epubs with embedded audio, faster loading of Epub files, and new stability improvements for fixed layout Epub ebooks. Continue reading