It's November already. How did that happen? Best hope you're caught up on your October reading, because November boasts a bumper crop of excellent science fiction and fantasy books, from new authors, rising stars and even a couple of legends.
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For those unfamiliar, books are a collection of words that form some sort of coherent narrative, printed on paper and bound together. These objects are very much alive and well, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, despite the fact that we live in an age where you can download the same information onto various pieces of technology. Wild.
The blue light that emanates from your phone's screen is known to disrupt your sleep. So it's good news that Google has added a light filter to its Play Books app, which gradually tapers the amount of blue light used by your display as you inch closer to bedtime. All apps should have it.
In the past day you may have seen the internet lighting up with appreciations for the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks. He died earlier this week at age 82, leaving behind a lifetime of illuminating writing that helped us to understand our own brains as beautiful, imperfect machines. Here are a few of our favourite books and stories.
Video: This ad for Gandhi Bookstores in Mexico is a stunning work of animation and 3D art and splendid visual effects. The tagline is simple, "One book leads to another", and you see characters you recognise from the most famous of books battle each other for your attention. It's a commercial meant to take your money but it's so well done that you can't help but give it a wee itty bit of respect.
Saving online articles to read-it-later services like Instapaper or Pocket is a nice way of pretending to yourself that you're eventually going to get round to reading through everything — but that's easier said than done. Enter Short.
For long-time book lovers, reading on an electronic device can be disorienting experience. The most obvious choice for those going down the ebook path is a device like the Kindle, completely and utterly dedicated to emulating the traditional experience of reading. I've been seduced by the promise of an ereader many-a-time, but I always find myself reaching for that device never not at my side — my smartphone.
Sony was an early and instrumental force in the world of ereading. But facing stiff competition from the likes of Amazon, it's decided to bow out of the world of digital reading for good.
Picking up a book is gratifying: look at me, not reading dumb listicles on the internet! Finishing a book, however, is a challenge. Which of this summer's top-selling books have the highest reader attrition? Dr. Jordan Ellenberg has a semi-scientific way to find out, using buyer-generated info from Amazon to identify this year's most unread book.
There are many reasons to abandon printed books for an electronic reader like the Kindle — not the least of which being an option to completely waterproof it. But paper books can now boast the same ability to shrug off a soaking with this inflatable floating life jacket that lets you keep reading wherever it's wet.
I love Wikipedia, but too often the articles are just not that easy to read. It's not that my English isn't good enough. My English good. There is Simple English Wikipedia, but it doesn't cover as many topics and it's not as thorough.