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Long live the pocket-book!

I was taking notes in my notebook this weekend when I realized it had a pocket in the back. It reminded me of the centuries-old tradition of books as containers. Unlike e-books that keep things out, books are things that hold things (notes, eye-glasses, dried plants, records, even flies for …

You are being counted

“You very rarely get a glimpse into the reader’s mind,” David Levithan of Scholastic Books says. “With a printed book, there’s no such thing as an analytic. You can’t tell which pages are dog-eared.” A new piece at the Wall Street Journal by Alexandra Alter about how publishers are finally getting …

The Electronic Stage

A nice example of when electronic reading begins to infect the theater, too. Sarah Illiatovitch-Goldman has written a new play, Pieces, currently being performed in Toronto that concerns a husband, wife, and the surprise visit of a former lover. The time-frame moves back and forth between the present and the past, …

Readathons

My son’s school is holding its annual Lecturothon today, where every student in the school has to read for five straight hours (I’m guessing there are breaks). They use it to raise money  and to make a statement about the value of sustained reading. He brings a sleeping bag, a …