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The undigital kids market

While on the topic of children and reading, see this latest from the New York Times. While ebook sales for adults are expanding faster than expected, electronic children’s books aren’t growing at all. “It’s intimacy, the intimacy of reading and touching the world. It’s the wonderment of her reaching for …

“Note” worthy

I love puns, just love them. Anyway, an integral part of the history of reading is of course the history of taking notes. One of the interesting things about the printed book is the way it has historically been very good at interfacing with the way we take notes. Despite …

Libraries and the Digital Divide

A really thoughtful piece at The Desk Set about what it means to be a librarian today. The author addresses the myth of the universality of digital literacy, just how much time she spends teaching people how to use computers. This results in a lot of inner personal conflict for …

The Forensic Effect

As I’ve written previously, much of the future of reading will be shaped by an increasingly computational relationship to our reading material. Whether it is recommendation engines that help determine what we choose to read; algorithmic rules that generate individualized texts based on our personal data or reading habits; or …

Battleground Classroom

One of the things about the history and future of reading is the way it isn’t just about adults and their leisure. It is also intimately tied to a massive, and ideologically frought, space: the classroom. The Times recently ran a piece about iPads in schools. For many readers, it …

Reading Propaganda

I’m fascinated by the recurring genre of reading propaganda. It would be interesting to know the extent to which it rises and falls around changes to the materiality of reading. Certainly its prevalence today is trying to address the problem of technological change. This video from the Library of Congress …