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.