Amazon’s ‘most well-read cities’ rankings for 2015: Thank goodness my hometown is NOT on this silly list

By David Rothman
June 3, 2015 // 3 Comments

Seattle leads Amazon’s 2015 list of America’s “most well-read cities.” My hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, with a population of around 150,000, is no longer #1. Amazon now compares only cities with populations of half a million or more, not the previous 100,000. Thank goodness. [...]

Grant Snider’s latest lovely tribute to reading

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The reading-friendly work of comic artist Grant Snider has appeared before multiple times in Teleread, but no apology for linking to the latest reading advocacy strip on his website, “A Reader’s Manifesto.” And you can see from the content just how in favor of reading he [...]

Two cheers for World Book Day?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 5, 2015 // 4 Comments

I shouldn’t be remotely snarky about the UK World Book Day, perhaps. After all, any initiative that promotes books and reading in a country whose literacy and reading levels besmirch its cultural and economic status is welcome. “Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book [...]

National Libraries Day cites decline in UK libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

The UK’s National Libraries Day on February 7th passed off with some sad testaments to the protracted collapse of the British library sector, as well as events and statements in favor and defense of libraries from across the country. As children’s author Cathy Cassidy says on the [...]

Quick Reads finds snack-reading between meals can refresh the synapses other opiates can’t reach

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

UK reading advocacy program Quick Reads – operating in partnership with Galaxy Chocolate – has shared a new research study revealing “that those who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives.” Dr. Josie Billington at The [...]

UK National Literacy Trust appoints Frank Lampard as reading ambassador

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

UK NGO the National Literacy Trust has appointed Frank Lampard, star footballer and currently mid-fielder for Manchester City Football Club, as a new ambassador for the Trust, “supporting our ongoing work to raise the profile of literacy in the UK and motivate disadvantaged children to read [...]

Lib Dems make late, paltry promise to tackle UK’s obscene illiteracy levels

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The UK Liberal Democrats, coalition partner and fellow-traveler with the current Conservative-led government, have made a public commitment “to end child illiteracy by 2025,” according to a weekend announcement by party leader Nick Clegg. “The plans mean that every child born in [...]

Iceland celebrates the most bookish Christmas going with Jólabókaflóð

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

For yet another year, Iceland is on track to cement its reputation for being the most literary society in Scandinavia’s already hugely literate constellation of nations and peoples, with Jólabókaflóð. That, when you’ve finished trying to wrap your tongue, or even your eyes, around [...]

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK’s library system in the face of devastating – and ideologically dictated – “austerity” cuts, is the Library A to Z, which “has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources [...]

James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading

By Chris Meadows
November 20, 2014 // 3 Comments

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about [...]

Russell Brand to give Reading Agency lecture

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

The ever-more-serious UK comedian Russell Brand will deliver this year’s Reading Agency lecture, “‘a manifesto on reading” and the third lecture since the inception of the series in 2012, as well as the first one to be open to ticket-holding members of the public. “The [...]

Canada’s National Reading Campaign shows reading is good for your … body?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Canada’s National Reading Campaign has partnered with CBC to pull together an infographic to show the bodily benefits of reading, as if improving your mind wasn’t reason enough. For most, I’m sure that point is obvious enough, but it’s good to see – literally – [...]

How cell phone book clubs could help get young people reading and change their lives

By David Rothman
September 10, 2014 // 2 Comments

Note: Although David Rothman posted the article, he says the author is really Bertel King, Jr., SF/fantasy novelist and a journalist. Read about Bertel at the end of his cogent essay. Go here to learn how to start your own cell phone book club. Also check out related essays here and here. In 2008, [...]

Karen Brodie joins UK Reading Agency

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

According to a press release, Karen Brodie, a former British Council senior official in the field of arts and literature, has just joined the UK literacy charity The Reading Agency as its new new head of publisher partnerships. The Reading Agency states that Brodie began her professional career in [...]

The roots of English stupidity

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

The roots of English anti-intellectualism and willful ignorance are long, deep, and twisted. The consequences you can see all over, in terms of literacy levels, reading habits, social order, and even prison numbers, and many other metrics that TeleRead tracks, but the causes are buried in the [...]

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