May 22, 2022

Soundtracks For Ebook Reading: “Booktrack Pulls In Another $5 Million To Put Audio To E-Books”

From TechCrunch: Booktrack, a startup out of New Zealand that creates soundtracks to accompany e-books, has raised another $5 million in funding to make sure that reading is no longer a quiet activity. [Clip] Each booktrack — think movie soundtrack for your book — consists of music, ambient audio and sound effects that automatically sync […]

IMLS Awards $50,000 to the Public Library Association to Prototype a Summer Reading App

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced a planning grant of $50,000 to the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. This National Leadership Grant will aid in the development of a “summer reading app” for mobile devices by the summer of 2013. [Clip] “Research shows […] Releases Annual “Most Well-Read Cities in America” List

Of course the rankings are only based on sales and there are plenty of other places to purchase and borrow reading material. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to review lists like this one when you understand the caveats and purpose. releases this list to help promote the summer reading season. Below the list are […]

paidContent Looks at a New Project From Worldreader: "E-books For Smart Kids on ‘Dumb’ Phones"

From a paidContent Article by LauraHazardOwen: Worldreader has already distributed over 75,000 e-books to students in sub-Saharan Africa. Now the literary nonprofit is launching an e-reading app designed for basic mobile phones. [Clip] Worldreader’s app, now in beta, was developed by Sydney-based startup biNu. The Bookseller explains that the app uses “cloud-based data compression technology […]

New Zealand: The Reading and eReading Habits of Kiwis

From The New Zealand Herald: The Research NZ survey, commissioned by New Zealand Book Month, asked 505 people about their reading habits. The results, released yesterday, found 23 per cent of men hadn’t read a book in the past year, compared with only 8 per cent of women. Key Findings 84 per cent read at […]

Canada: Fewer Children Read for Pleasure, Report Finds

Direct to Full Text Report: Reading for Joy (via People for Education) A five page PDF file. Reported on by the CBC: A report published Monday finds that fewer Ontario children are reading for pleasure. The report, published by research group People for Education, shows the number of Ontario Grade 3 students who say they […]

NY Times: "For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper" & "Read Me an E-Book Story?" (via WSJ)

From the NY Times Article: Print books may be under siege from the rise of e-books, but they have a tenacious hold on a particular group: children and toddlers. Their parents are insisting this next generation of readers spend their early years with old-fashioned books. [Clip] As the adult book world turns digital at a […]

A New Browser Extension: Evernote Clearly (Makes Web Pages, Articles Clean and Easy to Read)

Direct to Evernote Cleary Web Site (Currently Available Only for Chrome) From an Introductory Blog Post (and Video) With one click, Clearly hides all distractions from blogs and articles, allowing you to read in peace. Click on Clearly whenever you visit a blog post or article. Clearly slides in, showing an alternate view of the […]

"Making Literature Social: Readmill Networks Lonely Bookworms"

From Spiegel Online: Traditionally, reading has been a solitary activity. But two Berlin-based Swedes hope to change this. They’re close to launching new software called Readmill, which promises to create a social network for bookworms to share their reading habits, margin notes and recommendations. [Clip] The pool table in the living room is covered by a wooden […]

"Startup Subtext Wants to Make e-books More Social"

UPDATE: Subtext Introductory Video By Chris Meadows, TeleRead: So, naturally, the biggest thing e-books need right now is something to make them more social. Because despite engaging in a solitary, immersive activity, e-book readers secretly just want to have conversations with everyone about what they’re reading. At least, that’s what the people behind Subtext seem […]