The Kindle Reading Experience

Five Reasons I Put Pulse on My Kindle Fire

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I mean, there are more than five reasons, and frankly I put that in the headline because the pundits say it makes more people read the post, like the numerical approach scratches some itch we have in the reptilian brain or something. In any case, I should say “at least five,” because this nifty little…

The Growing World of Worldreader, Part 2

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As a follow up to our chat a few weeks back, Worldreader CEO David Risher was kind enough to answer a few more questions for me. First, I wondered how the money from the Bezos grant would be used? Our goal this year is to move from 10,000 kids with access to e-readers to over…

The Growing World of Worldreader

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Had an opportunity to catch up with David Risher, founder and head of Worldreader, the group that is transforming literacy around the world by sending Kindles loaded with books to the remotest reaches of the planet. He sounds like he is having a blast. And who wouldn’t be, when the CEO of a little internet…

Why do teens prefers phones to Kindles as e-readers?

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The recent Pew report on Young Americans’ Reading and Library Habits contains a number of great take-aways, including the news that young people frequent libraries at an unexpectedly high rate. But another finding has emerged that may have an impact on the way that schools think about pleasure reading and reading instruction both inside and outside…

More Research Says Bigger Fonts Help Kids Read

Once I started digging in to why everyone seems to crank up the font size on the Kindle, more and more evidence has been sent my way. I want to thank Kerrie Smith, the Australian teacher and LEO at Education.au, for pointing out another significant research compilation on the importance of variable text size. This…

Distribution Inefficiency and the Kindle

There are some very important abbreviations in the print publishing industry that I have learned in the past few years. These are OS, OSI, and OP. The terms are related, with OS often leading to OSI, and OSI often a harbinger of OP. In booksellers parlance, these abbreviations stand for “out of stock,” “out of…