Books vs. Social Media: The Math…and The Choice(s) You Have

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Would you imagine that anyone – specifically, that you – could devote enough time to reading 200 books every year?

Well, if you use social media at the frequency that The Average American does, you could read 200 books instead, according to Charles Chu, swap the screen time for book-reading time –  and voila!

Published originally at Better Humans, then later at Quartz; found at New Jersey librarian Leslie Kahn’s Facebook page

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Introducing “Wink”

A site, launched late last year, devoted to highlighting books that work best in print (vs. via any sort of screen).

From Wink’s “About” page:

Every weekday Wink reviews one remarkable book that demonstrates what paper books can do. This might be an attractive oversized book that wows your coffee table, a craft book that includes materials to get you started, or a how-to book sporting an unusually handy binding. It could be a pop-up book, an atlas with pull-out maps, a stunning picture book for children, an unusual tome printed on exquisite paper. Or it could be a hardback graphic novel whose illustrations pop better in ink than in pixels.

Wink scours bookstores, libraries, flea markets, and online retailers looking for books that you must experience; books that are sensual, three dimensional, robust. We seek out artifacts that you must hold in your hands or unfold in your lap. Wink collects books that optimize what books do best on paper: open up new worlds. Our test for Winkdom is simple: would this book work as an ebook? If yes, we ignore it.

Wink’s four editors (also described on the site’s “About” page) are impressive people.

Found via an email alert from Atlanta-based booklover Barbara Dee Terry

The Book as a One-Trick Pony

reading-onlineExcerpt from an article published last spring by the Irish Times:

“…When I read a [printed, vs. a screen-based] book that is all I am doing. It is a single-purpose piece of technology. It will not ring. It will not beep. It will not remind you of messages received or apps updated. It will not be merely another layer of information remporarily surfacing over strata of email browsers, web pages,…[Internet games,]…iTunes, Flipboard, Facebook, Twitter, Pjnterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Sky, push notifications and other downloaded books you bought and feelt guilty for not reading. With a physical book the only competing windows are the ones offering a view outside of the train carriage….Do books read better on paper compared with on screen? No. But there is a purity to a physical book, a focus to the act and a simplicity to the technology that confirm its dual benefit: as an escape into fiction and as a refuge from the torrent of fact.”

Source: Shane Hegarty, “Check Out This Brilliant Technology. It’s Called a ‘Book'” by Shane Hegarty. Irish Times, May 18, 2013. [No link provided here because the article is hidden behind a pay wall.]

Contributed by retired librarian Blanche Farley
via a clipping provided by working librarian Anne Salter