Motherboard: Most Online ‘Terms of Service’ Are Incomprehensible to Adults, Study Finds. “Two law professors analyzed the sign-in terms and conditions of 500 popular US websites, including Google and Facebook, and found that more than 99 percent of them were ‘unreadable,’ far exceeding the level most American adults read at, but are still enforced.”
MakeUseOf: The 5 Best Sites to Read Manga Online for Free . “When it comes to Japanese manga comics, it’s difficult to distinguish official English translations from fan-made translations. For that, you need to know the best sites to read manga online for free.”
The Conversation: What we can learn from reading Sylvia Plath’s copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’. “In recent years, marginalia left by ordinary readers has become a subject of large-scale data collection efforts. At the University of Virginia, English professor Andrew Stauffer leads a team that has made a book’s annotations, inscriptions and insertions discoverable as part of UVA’s online library catalog. Any user will be able to find such markings through a simple online search. At the University of California, Los Angeles, librarians are developing ways to discover marginalia digitally – and quickly – across large digital collections.”
Irish Times: The ultimate literary bucket list: ‘1,000 Books to Read Before You Die’. “[James] Mustich is keenly aware that the compendium is bound to be intensely subjective, the product of his own taste, at a particular moment in time. He acknowledges that even when people agree with him about the inclusion of a certain book, they might not like it for the same reasons. This is why 1,000 Books has an accompanying website… where readers can nominate their own favourites.”
Tech Xplore: StorySign app converts text in children’s books to sign language. “A team of researchers and engineers at Huawei AI has come up with a unique way to help deaf children learn to read sign language—by using AI and augmented reality to interpret printed books. They have also hit on a way to help deaf children develop enjoyment in reading.”
Stoop aims to improve your news diet with an easy way to find and read newsletters . “Stoop is looking to provide readers with what CEO Tim Raybould described as “a healthier information diet.” To do that, it’s launched an iOS and Android app where you can browse through different newsletters based on category, and when you find one you like, it will direct you to the standard subscription page. If you provide your Stoop email address, you’ll then be able to read all your favorite newsletters in the app.”
MakeUseOf: How to Find a Book Without Knowing the Title or Author. “Tracking down that long-lost book is like a treasure hunt. In the old days, you could have asked the librarian. Today, search engines like Google have the librarian beat. Here are some tips to help you find a book without knowing the title or author.” “Have the librarian beat”…I don’t know about THAT… but there are a lot of tools here.