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These Scorpions Are Probably Hiding In Your Bookcase

If you have old vintage books, you may have some book scorpions in your bookcase. Actually, you really should want to have them, even if they look scary and gross. Book scorpions protect your old books — they love to munch on the book lice that eat the glue which holds old books together.


The Books Everyone Starts And No One Finishes, According To Amazon

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.


Read In The Rain With This Inflatable, Waterproof Life Jacket For Books

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 Wish I Could Read Wikipedia Like This

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.


Australia Doesn't Read As Much As You Think, Says Map

According to this map, Australians spend a little over six hours per week reading, which makes us decidedly average when compared with the rest of the world. We do better than the Koreans, but we’re way behind south-east Asia.


This Ring Scans Text And Reads It Aloud For Visually Impaired People

No braille? No problem! This FingerReader by the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab is a high-tech way to help visually impaired people read; it actually scans printed text and narrates it aloud.


Rumour: Microsoft Is Building An Xbox Reader App

Clearly, the future is (possibly) all about reading. A new Microsoft job listing suggests that the company is looking to build “a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics.”


Internet Commenter Syndrome: This Woman Can Write But Can't Read

One fateful Thursday morning, a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist — known only as M.P. for the sake of anonymity — found that the same attendance sheet she’d been using for years suddenly appeared to be covered in hieroglyphs. Not only that, she quickly realised that everything she logically knew to be covered in writing was entirely incomprehensible to her. Though she wouldn’t find out ’til later, M.P. has been the victim of a stroke that left her with an incredibly rare neurological disorder — one more commonly known as “word blindness”.


How Braille Was Invented

Braille was invented by a 19th-century man named Louis Braille, who was completely blind. Braille’s story starts when he was three years old. He was playing in his father’s shop in Coupvray, France, and somehow managed to injure his eye.


Get Great Book Recommendations From Interesting People

You’ve read millions of good books, so what do you recommend when people ask you “Uhh, what should I put in my brain next?” A new website, Just One Book, hosts a collection of such recommendations from interesting people.