Reading Formats

Google’s ‘Talk to Books’ Search Engine Brings You Answers from over 100,000 Books

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A quick Google search can bring you answers in a matter of moments. Need the recipe for a Shepard’s Pie? No problem. Want to know where the cheapest hotels are in Italy? Here’s a list. The internet has brought endless knowledge to our fingertips, and now a new search engine has been created which can help answer questions that don’t have a definitive answer.

During a TED talk yesterday. author and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil introduced a new search engine called ‘Talk to Books‘, a tool which scans over 100,000 volumes in Google Books and brings users insightful and interesting answers from relevant titles. Read More

Research Shows Children Prefer to Read on Paper Rather Than Screens

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It is often thought that, in this digital age of ever advancing technology, children are far more likely to read a book on their tablet screen rather than read from a physical book made of paper. However, recent research has shown that this may not be true.

A study that monitored the reading habits of children in Year 4 and 6, all of whom had access to eReaders such as Kindles and iPads, found that the children tended not to use those devices when it came to reading. In fact, even children who read daily seemed to prefer physical books over digital ones. Read More

Audiobooks on… Vinyl?

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Author Joe Hill (Strange Weather), has always had a hankering for the rock star life but the life of an author is far from rock and roll. Instead Hill has decided to come up with some other way of creating his own vinyl LP- by recording an audiobook instead of an album!

The vinyl recording will be narrated by actor Nate Corddry, and will feature a special cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded specifically for the record. The Dark Carousel vinyl package will include original artwork (see below), two colourful special edition records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

The first vinyl printing of Hill’s Dark Carousel will be for a limited 2,500 copies, and will be out on the 20th of April.

Keep an eye out here at For Reading Addicts for where to pre-order yours.

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Actually, Men Read a LOT of Erotic Fiction too!

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On a week when Fifty Shades Freed is smashing box office expectations, we’re hearing a lot of about bored housewives, and women’s penchant for erotic fiction. We’re not sure why it’s acceptable for men to watch porn, but women are castigated for reading erotica, but that aside it seems that that isn’t even the case as it turns out that men read a lot of erotic fiction too! Read More

Amazon’s Urges Publishers to Greatly Lower ebook Prices

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When ebooks first appeared on the scene a few years ago, it was feared that this may spell the doom of physical paper books and bookshops. However, it seems even the convenience of ebooks compete with the feel of a real book in one’s hands and paper books have continued to thrive as ebooks struggle to keep up.

Amazon’s publishing chief, David Naggar, has urged publishers of ebooks to lower the price of their books to 99p, as he believes this attractive price point will attract more readers. However, some publishers argue that such a move could be “economically unwise” and would damage the all book sales in the long run. Read More

Looking through the Reading Glass

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They make us look suave; they make us look nerdy; sometimes mature and often funny. The wearer knows where they pinch and also the stress of forgetting them somewhere. But heavy frames or rimless, reading glasses commonly known as spectacles are a saviour for many reading addicts.

Today the terms are used interchangeably, but at the turn of the last century, there was a clear demarcation: “eyeglasses” was the word used to describe eyewear with no sidebar, while “spectacles” referred to frames with sidebars. Read More

Gutenberg: The Press that Printed

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Most of us take books, newspapers, magazines or any printed material for granted. But imagine life if the printing press had never been invented. The printing press counts as one of the most important invention of our time that brought about a literary renaissance.

Before the printing press was invented, all writing had to be painstakingly done by hand. People who did this work were known as Scribes. They worked in a special room in the monasteries they lived in, called a Scriptorium. The scribes would work silently, measuring the page layout and then copying text from another book to make multiple copies of the same. The book would then be sent to the illuminator who would look after the design and embellishments on the book that had to be done by hand. Read More

Copyright Reform in Australia Could Bring Millions of Books to the Blind

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A new bill proposed earlier this week in Australia’s parliament could make it much easier for people with disabilities to get access to copyrighted literature. The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Bill was proposed on Wednesday and, if passed, will make it much easier for people to get copyrighted material in formats such as braille, large print, and DAISY audio. Read More

My Love Affair with Audio Books

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I’ve always been a bookworm, right from when I could first read I have never been without a book, but audio books were never really my thing until my children were little and I used Roald Dahl stories on long car journeys to keep them entertained.

This was as much for my sanity as theirs. I’ve always loved his books so using him to drown out the sibling bickering was no hardship for me.  Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny Champion of the World were their favourites and I was glad to see that they are still available to buy today (USUK). Read More