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Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing. Bookstores are terminally ill.

Independent bookstores turn a new page on brick-and-mortar retailing

Borders? Dead. Barnes & Noble? Life support. Amazon is king. Why Apple ditched its skeuomorphic design for iOS7. Pushing ebooks beyond skeuomorph boundaries. Screens should be portals, not skeuomorphic containers.

Pushing ebooks beyond skeuomorph boundaries

10 Smart Social Reading and News Apps « Android.AppStorm. Whether you’re reading a riveting novella, an insightful piece of long-form journalism, or the latest post from your favourite blogger, the written word has the ability to capture the imagination and make long, tedious journeys just slip away.

10 Smart Social Reading and News Apps « Android.AppStorm

In modern times, though, reading has become more than just words on a page or screen. A plethora of apps is available to make books more social, and news better suited to your interests. To narrow down your options only to those that are worthy of a download, I’ve compiled a list of the most innovative social reading and news recommendation apps that the Play Store has to offer. Like the article? You should subscribe and follow us on twitter. Readmill. Reading Life. Personalize your reading experience with TypeGenius.

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Choose from 11 adjustable font styles, 24 font sizes, plus exclusive text weight and sharpness settings to create a reading experience that’s uniquely yours. Advanced reading features give you more out of your reading experience. Explore in-text annotations to get more of the story, expand your vocabulary with the built-in dictionary, create bookmarks, and add notes.

Plus, zoom in on images and text to see every detail. What is Social Reading? POD - Impression à la demande. On-demand book printing. Quality print on demand services. Espresso Book Machine. From MIT, An Interactive Book That Makes You Feel Characters' Pain. Have you ever felt your pulse quicken when you read a book, or your skin go clammy during a horror story?

From MIT, An Interactive Book That Makes You Feel Characters' Pain

A new student project out of MIT wants to deepen those sensations. They have created a wearable book that uses inexpensive technology and neuroscientific hacking to create a sort of cyberpunk Neverending Story that blurs the line between the bodies of a reader and protagonist. Called Sensory Fiction, the project was created by a team of four MIT students--Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope, Julie Legault, and Sophia Brueckner--who took part in Science Fiction To Science Fabrication class, a multimedia course that uses sci-fi as both inspiration and caution for the technology of the future. "I like to say that science fiction is like ethics for inventors," Brueckner tells Co.Design. Sensory Fiction is a prototype that lets you feel a book's emotions. Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do : All Tech Considered.

Hide captionResearchers at the MIT Media Lab have created a "wearable" book.

Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do : All Tech Considered

MIT Media Lab Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have created a "wearable" book. In our "Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form. MAS S65: Science Fiction to Science Fabrication.

Sensory fiction is about new ways of experiencing and creating stories.

MAS S65: Science Fiction to Science Fabrication

Traditionally, fiction creates and induces emotions and empathy through words and images. Literary Leaps: 'Sensory Fiction' Gives Us a Reading Experience We Can Feel (and Hear) Posted by erika rae | 28 Jan 2014 | Comments (0) I have not had the pleasure of watching a movie in 4DX, but the thought of confining myself to a convulsing seat for three hours of scents, liquids and sounds in a pair of uncomfortable glasses doesn't quite sound like my idea of a good time.

Literary Leaps: 'Sensory Fiction' Gives Us a Reading Experience We Can Feel (and Hear)

Thankfully, the whiz kids at MIT Media Lab have come up with a more refined '4D' pastime, at least for those of you who are bibliophiles. Developed for a class called "Science Fiction to Science Fabrication," "Sensory Fiction" is a digitally-augmented book that puts the reader in the protagonist's shoes through a wearable device, adding a touch of excitement to otherwise inert print media. "Sensory Fiction's" cover consists of small LEDs that light up in different patterns of ambient illumination representing to the "book's mood.

" Meanwhile, the wearable device offers vibrations, pressures and temperatures, tracking the plot as it turns, page by page. Why Borrowing an E-Book from your Library is so Difficult. Photo by Pecan Corner Blogspot blog Two weeks ago, the annual Book Expo America (BEA) conference hit New York City.

Why Borrowing an E-Book from your Library is so Difficult

A gathering of publishers, booksellers, librarians, authors, reviewers, and book bloggers, BEA is the CES or E3 of the literary world. However, though e-books are a huge portion of the book world today, you wouldn’t know it from walking the show floor. The literary world is slow to adopt and acknowledge that it is now a part of the tech industry, and no where is that more apparent than the sad state of e-book lending for libraries. Libraries have been able to lend e-books for many years, but the practice went mainstream in 2009 when Sony announced a partnership with the New York Public Library. Amazon.com: Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Digital library loans get government backing. Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015. Documentary Film Investigates the (Alleged) Death of Books. Who killed the printed book—or at least hastened its demise?

Documentary Film Investigates the (Alleged) Death of Books

That’s the question posed in an absorbing new documentary, Out of Print, by director Vivienne Roumani, which made its debut last month at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be screening across the country this summer. Welcome to Forbes. The books business: Great digital expectations. On Their Death Bed, Physical Books Have Finally Become Sexy.

Photo. What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books. The death of books has been greatly exaggerated. This time last year, I was metaphorically invited to the only party I've ever wanted to be seen at. My first novel, The English Monster, was picked up by an agent, and then by a publisher, Simon and Schuster.

It hits the streets in March 2012. The Death of the Book Through the Ages. Coover’s answer was noncommittal, but his metaphor launched a thousand eulogies for the book as we knew it: a gathering of printed pages mass-­produced on spec to be sold to anonymous strangers for financial gain. Back then, hyperlinks were the killer app. Coover’s title punned on the page-turning powers of the codex, which sweeps novel readers inexorably from Page 1 to The End. How To Self-Publish Your Book Through Amazon. The Death of the Book Through the Ages. Will we ever… read at superspeed? Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know.

Note to readers: I originally published the article back in 2008 and have updated it a few times, most recently on June 13, 2012. This article primarily addresses self-publishing a print book, though many of the tips apply to e-books as well. How To Self-Publish Your Book Through Amazon. The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens. Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate. The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: Why Paper Still Beats Screens. Amazon and Hachette disagree on ebook costs. Amazon selling more Kindle ebooks than print books.

6 August 2012Last updated at 08:51 ET. A-brest, web magazine participatif : Une écriture ouverte initiée par la ville qui donne à voir et relie les acteurs de l'internet et de l'expression multimédia à Brest et ailleurs. Touch tablets in the classroom: what are the advantages? Plus de motivation, plus de collaboration, l’acquisition de compétences informatiques… les avantages des tablettes pour les élèves sont soulignés par tous les enseignants qui les expérimentent. Les apports pédagogiques avec l’utilisation de la tablette Les études sur les apports des tablettes dans l’environnement scolaires sont nombreuses mais restent encore appliqués à des corpus restreints. Globalement, l’utilisation de tablettes tactiles est ressentie (synthèse d’un mémoire de recherche belgo-québécois) comme très positive au niveau des élèves pour améliorer : La motivationL’édition, le partage et la recherche d’informationLa collaborationLe développement de compétences informatiquesL’individualisation de l’apprentissageLa flexibilité dans l’espace et le tempsLa créativité Au niveau des enseignants, pour favoriser :