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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How Children Learn To Read

The New Yorker BY FEBRUARY 11, 2015Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others? It’s a tough question with a long history. We know that it’s not just about raw intelligence, nor is it wholly about repetition and dogged persistence. We also know that there are some conditions that, effort aside, can hold a child back. Socioeconomic status, for instance, has beenreliably linked to reading achievement. And, regardless of background, children with lower general verbal ability and those who have difficulty with phonetic processing seem to struggle. But what underlies those differences? How do we learn to translate abstract symbols into meaningful sounds in the first place, and why are some children better at it than others?   (read the rest)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

E-Books Aren't Killing Print

   Forbes Forbes Staff
WHEN AMAZON launched the Kindle in 2007, book purists bemoaned the imminent demise of print. Yet far from heralding a publishing apocalypse, e-books have been adopted only gradually despite their affordability. Although half of U.S. adults own a tablet or e-reader, e-books make up only an estimated 23% of the $35 billion industry–and Pew Research reports that just 4% of Americans are e-book only.
Sales show digital market share differs greatly by genre, though: While guilty readers of dog-eared Harlequin romances have flocked to the format– Nielsen notes 36% of units sold in that genre in 2014 were e-books–most nonfiction and school textbooks are still purchased in print, per PwC research. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

5 Takeaways from Nielsen BookScan: (Effects of EBooks)

The Learning Curve  By Ellen Harvey   Posted on February 10, 2015

Back in January, at the Digital Book World ConferenceOpens in a new window Nielsen Book president Jonathan Nowell , shared the resultsOpens in a new window of the annual Nielsen BookScan. Nowell packed a ton of information into the 20-minute presentation, tracking how the print market has changed in the U.S. since ebooks rose to prominence. Although print sales have been negatively impacted, ebooks have actually boosted overall book sales. And some genres are doing better in print than they ever have before.
For those who have yet to dive into the report, or like me were blinded by the sheer number of graphs in Nowell's presentation, here are some of the most important takeaways.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2015

Culled from the 14,000+ titles in PW's Spring Announcements issue (on newsstands now and available in full here), we asked our reviews editors to pick the most notable books publishing in Spring 2015. Links to reviews are included when available.
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (Knopf, Apr.) - In Morrison's wrenching novel, which received a starred review from PW, a mother learns about the damage adults do to children and the choices children make as they grow up to suppress, express, or overcome their shame.
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, Mar.) - Set in Arthurian England, Ishiguro's first novel since Never Let Me Go follows an elderly, ailing couple making a journey to their son's village.
to see more check out the article on Publishers Weekly

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The 21st Century’s 12 greatest novels

What are the greatest novels of the opening years of this tumultuous century? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled several dozen book critics, including Parul Sehgal (New York Times Book Review), Lev Grossman (Time), Tom Beer (Newsday), Jessa Crispin (Bookslut), C. Max Magee (The Millions), Donna Seaman (Booklist), Laurie Muchnick (Kirkus Reviews), and many more. Each named their picks for the best novels published in English since January 1, 2000. They named 156 novels in all, and based on the votes, these are the top 12....
BBC Culture, Jan. 19

See the article and the reviews

Friday, February 6, 2015

12 Good Books You Must Read in 2015!

by Andrea Bates
I love reading. Pretty much any time I can squeeze in with a good book is time I’ll do so – happily. So when the opportunity came up for me to write a list of good books you absolutely must read in 2015, I jumped at it.
Because reading and me? Perfect together. Some of these books I’ve read. Some I haven’t. But I plan to read them all. You should, too.
If you are new to making reading goals, don’t let the idea of 12 good books overwhelm you. You don’t have to read all of these at once, think of this list as one book to read each month.(And note: This post includes affiliate links!)


Hand is a NY Times bestselling author whose story of love, loss and mystery looks to be a book we’re all going to want to read this year. Popular for her young adult books, this novelappears to be breaking her out of that demographic. I, for one, plan on checking it out

Sunday, February 1, 2015

DBW Panel : Can Publishers Take Advantage of Reader Data?

One of the long touted facets of the shift to digital reading is that it enables publishers and platform providers to glean data about their customers' reading habits. But with the data now flowing in, are publishers ready to put it to use?
“The owners of e-book platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about how people read,” noted CCC’s Chris Kenneally, who moderated a closing Digital Book World panel on reading data. “They see every time an e-book is opened; on what device it is opened; how fast it is read; whether passages or entire works are re-read, and perhaps most dismaying for authors which books are never cracked, or never finished." So what have we learned so far?
For one, more than half of all digital readers read on more than one device, noted Jared Friedman, cofounder and CTO of subscription service Scribd, and 10% of Scribd users read on three devices or more in any given month. “As people become more familiar with e-books and e-book reading services, [reading] is permeating their digital lifestyle,” Friedman said.
David Burleigh, director of marketing and communication, OverDrive, Inc., which facilitates library e-book lending, agreed. “We’re seeing about 40% of users reading on more than one device,” he noted.    (To Read the Rest)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own

Cue the hand-wringing about digital distraction: Fewer children are reading books frequently for fun, according to a new report released Thursday by Scholastic, the children’s book publisher.
In a 2014 survey of just over 1,000 children ages 6 to 17, only 31 percent said they read a book for fun almost daily, down from 37 percent four years ago.
There were some consistent patterns among the heavier readers: For the younger children — ages 6 to 11 — being read aloud to regularly and having restricted online time were correlated with frequent reading; for the older children — ages 12 to 17 — one of the largest predictors was whether they had time to read on their own during the school day.
The finding about reading aloud to children long after toddlerhood may come as a surprise to some parents who read books to children at bedtime when they were very young but then tapered off. Last summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy recommending that all parents read to their children from birth.
“A lot of parents assume that once kids begin to read independently, that now that is the best thing for them to do,” said Maggie McGuire, the vice president for a website for parents operated by Scholastic.
(Rest of the article in the New York Times)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2014 Proves Another Solid Year for Indies

A mild winter in many parts of the country coupled with a six-year low in unemployment and significantly lower gas prices combined for a strong holiday season at most independent bookstores and up sales for the year. Or as Steve Bercu, CEO of BookPeople in Austin, puts it, “People are just back into books. There was just tons and tons of stuff getting sold.”
Based on PW’s informal survey of more than two dozen stores, many easily beat the National Retail Federation’s prediction of a 4.1% increase during November and December. Beth Black, co-owner of the Bookworm in Omaha, Neb., which moved to an upscale shopping center in October, described the Christmas season as “terrific. Our holiday sales were up nicely over last year, up 20%.” Long-time bookseller Shirley Mullin, owner of 29-year-old Kids Ink in Indianapolis described it as “the best holiday season we’ve ever had.” 

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