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Reading from paper compared to screens: A systematic review and meta‐analysis

Just finished reading an interesting study that was a meta-analysis of digital versus paper reading. The research done by Virginia Clinton ( concluded with:

Reading from screens, such as tablets, smartphones and computers, has become ubiquitous for leisure, academic and work‐related reading. This review examined the literature on performance and two processes in reading text from screens and paper. There is legitimate concern that reading on paper may be better in terms of performance and efficiency. Future examination of key issues related to mind wandering, medium preference and contextual cues provided by medium will inform the practical implications of reading text from paper compared to screens.

The study is well done and I wouldn't have any issues with her conclusions. Her study looked at 33 high-quality studies that tested students’ comprehension after they were randomly assigned to read on a screen or on paper…

Free Audiobooks for Teens

I am a strong believer in reading in any format, on paper, eink, digital, and even audio. They are all ways of conveying the content or story and all can be great ways to read new books or visit old favorites.  AudioFile has just opened the SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens' 10th season. Starting this week teens (and others) can download two titles that are paired each week for the next 14 weeks (till August 1). Each of the pairs will be available for free during their week. Readers can download the books using the Overdrive app, and once you have downloaded them they are yours for free. So if you know a teen introduce him or her to some new titles or format or allow yourself to try some young adult books. There are also some other greats including Shakespeare's Othello and one of my science favorites Mary Roach's Gulp.

SUMMER 2019 SYNC TITLE PAIRINGS Week 1: April 25 – May 2
SWING by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander (Blink)

NASA - Spinoffs book

NASA has created another great ebook - this one is titled Spinoffs (a yearly publication), and features dozens of commercial technologies that were created or improved by NASA. The publication provides nearly 50 examples of how NASA benefits various industries and people around the world, from home gyms, pacemaker components, cleaning water and generating power.

Print and digital versions of the latest issue and previous editions of Spinoff are available at:

Spinoff 2019Click here to read online (HTML)

Download a copy ofSpinoff 2019 (PDF)

Spinoff 2019 Summary Brochure (PDF) Spinoff 2019 PowerPoint Presentation (PPT)

Spinoff 2019 is also available on the iPad! Click here to view the app in the iTunes store. It features shortened versions of all the articles from the book, image galleries, videos, and more. A 508-compliant PDF version of the iPad app is also available here.
NASA has released another gorgeous photo book titled Earth, appropriately about the Earth, full of great pictures and information - a great book by itself (think coffee table book) or as a resource for earth science classes. Get your digital versions for free.

Kindle readers: MOBIAll other eBook readers: EPUBPDF readers: PDFOnline reading: ($53) from the GPO bookstore:

Art project VII

The ongoing adaptation of art which "used" to include books and now will have ebook devices.

Perhaps not classic art, but changing a magazine ad from the early 1920s to include ebooks as gifts. This picture didn't actually have books in it, but the packages that were on the chair reminded me of the boxes my ebooks came in. 

And of course not only people interact with books, pets to too.

Frank Paton's 1880 painting Tearaway with an iPad showing a textbook. 

John Henry Dolph's 1881 painting The Scholar on a Kobo

Art Project VI

The ongoing adaptation of art which "used" to include books and now will have ebook devices.

Amelia Jan Murray's Faries on a Book (1820s), now on a Kindle Oasis
Ludwig Deutsch's The Scholars (1901) now with an iPad 

Henry Lewis Stephens' untitled (1863) of a man reading a newspaper, now reading a Kindle Fire.