Pedal-powered libraries help spread books around

By Chris Meadows
September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve kept seeing stories about libraries on bicycle pop up on my news feed, and just assumed the same story was getting a lot of play. Certainly there are a lot of new ways to get books to people, as the Little Free Libraries and Indianapolis’s Public Collection demonstrate, but did adding [...]

Little Free Libraries encounter local government opposition

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Indianapolis is a great city. Not only does it permit residents to have Little Free Libraries in their yards, but it actually funded its own big free library art installation project. But not everyone is that lucky. The Atlantic and the LA Times are carrying articles about communities where people [...]

Is there ‘too much’ television like there are ‘too many’ books?

By Chris Meadows
September 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

At an industry conference, the head of NBC Universal has expressed the perhaps controversial view that there is now too much scripted television. Between the broadcast networks, the cable networks, and now streaming video companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, there is simply “too much” of a [...]

The Public Collection: Indianapolis’s own ‘Big Free Libraries’

By Chris Meadows
August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

I don’t often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time. Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Or at least part of it did. I stumbled onto a brilliant new art [...]

Fun reading vs. research: The Kindle Unlimited angle

By Joanna Cabot
August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

I love Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I can just press a button on my Kindle, type in a subject and download a book without paying tons of tiny fees. Until recently, however, I hadn’t noticed how little Kindle Unlimited time I was actually spending on novels. So many ‘short, quick [...]

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in Spokane, Washington, the judges refused to give out awards in such categories as Best Novella and Best [...]

The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were mostly romance novels. When I read the first story, I figured it was someone with a stock of effectively [...]

Of literacy and dating compatibility

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

On Book Riot, Morgan Jenkins writes an amusing little anecdote about her adventures dating someone who “didn’t read.” She tried to talk him into it, but he ended up breaking up with her. The end. Really, it’s kind of amusing reading her tale of shock and horror. How could anyone “not [...]

Michigan medical library goes bookless

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

The dictionary definition of “library” reads, “a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to.” As far as colleges are concerned, that may be undergoing an update. The Toledo Blade carried a [...]

Some Little Free Libraries are being robbed of books

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

When it comes to getting people interested in reading, the Little Free Library is a great idea, as we’ve reported here a number of times before. But sometimes even Little Free Libraries can run into a tragedy of the commons. BookRiot and Melville House report that some people in different places [...]

How long should a book chapter be?

By David Rothman
July 26, 2015 // 10 Comments

The answers from writers on KBoards are all over the map. But the sweet spot from 53 respondents to a poll seems to be 1,000-3,000 words. Three-fifths of the answers fall into that range. Try clicking or double-clicking or tapping on the image for a better view of the numbers after you open up [...]

Blinkist and the ‘read less, learn more’ movement

By Joe Wikert
July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember the “info snacking” phrase that was somewhat buzzworthy several years ago? The thinking was that everyone was too focused on reading short bursts of content and soon no one would have the attention span to read an entire book. In fact, info snacking was one of the terms Jeff Bezos [...]

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