Mashable: Book clubs should always meet on Zoom

Mashable: Book clubs should always meet on Zoom. “I read a lot, and I love the low pressure engagement of a virtual book club. I was bad at attending book clubs in real life before the pandemic, because my book club friends and I all have very busy schedules, so finding a time for us all to meet up was difficult. Scheduling online hangouts is easier because you can do them from anywhere — at your family’s house, with your partner, or even from your own bed. Now that the meetups are returning to apartments and bars, scheduling is once again more difficult and, honestly, I don’t want to participate in them anymore.”

KRON: San Jose airport launches new free digital library for travelers

KRON: San Jose airport launches new free digital library for travelers. “All passengers, regardless of age, can download up to four e-books using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Once downloaded, readers can access the text offline almost anywhere they are traveling to during their loan period of three weeks. The digital library has a collection of bestsellers, fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s and young adult books that are available in English and Spanish. The collection is updated monthly.”

Lifehacker: You Should Let the BookTok Teens Find Your Next Read

Lifehacker: You Should Let the BookTok Teens Find Your Next Read. “If your reading habits have grown a little stale, but you don’t want to be sold to by a publishing newsletter and you don’t have the time for a book club, you should give BookTok a try—this burgeoning corner of the social media world is full of readers with opinions. Here’s a primer on how to make the most of ‘BookTok.’”

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature

The Mayor (EU): Finland launches digital book collection to spark children’s interest in literature . “More specifically, a digital collection of 95 titles will be made available on Friday 9 July via the Ellibs platform. The audio and e-books will be available in both Finnish and Swedish. What is more, the collection has been carefully selected by library professionals specialising in children and young people’s literature.”

Make Tech Easier: New Alexa Skill, Reading Sidekick, Helps Kids Learn to Read

Make Tech Easier: New Alexa Skill, Reading Sidekick, Helps Kids Learn to Read. “If there’s one thing parents wish they had more of, it would be time – time for themselves, time for their children, etc. They can get a little more of that time back with Reading Sidekick, an Alexa skill that reads with children. Parents can entrust Alexa with the task or sit with their children as they learn.”

Lifehacker: How to Read E-Books for Free Without Pirating Them

Lifehacker: How to Read E-Books for Free Without Pirating Them. “Getting your hands on a good book to read is as easy as clicking ‘borrow’ on your tablet. If you’re a slow adopter to the world of e-books, you should know that you can download thousands of e-books and their audio counterparts from your phone, computer, or tablet—for free. Here’s how to quickly and easily borrow an e-book from your local public library.”

Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian (Library Journal)

Library Journal: Organizing the Books in Your Home, Part 1: How to Shelve Like a Librarian . “The following is the first of a multipart weekly series designed to help readers make the most of their home collections. This week, we look at the traditional Dewey Decimal Classification system and how it might work for you. Future installments will tackle the pros and cons of ‘genrefying’ fiction (separating distinct genres like romance, horror, sf/fantasy, etc.); how to ‘weed’ your collection, including when to throw away or recycle outdated information; and how to best organize books for young children.”

EurekAlert: Flickering screens may help children with reading and writing difficulties

EurekAlert: Flickering screens may help children with reading and writing difficulties. “Previous studies have shown that children with attention difficulties and/or ADHD solve cognitive tasks better when they are exposed to auditory white noise. However, this is the first time that such a link has been demonstrated between visual white noise and cognitive abilities such as memory, reading and non-word decoding in children with reading and writing difficulties.”

Teaching Expertise: 38 Best Reading Websites for Kids

Teaching Expertise: 38 Best Reading Websites for Kids. “As a teacher, you want your students to be reading whenever possible. However, it can be difficult to provide hard copies of books to every student, especially when the kids in your class are most likely reading at a variety of levels. Thanks to modern technology, there are lots of websites that allow students to practice reading from anywhere, at their level, about almost any topic. Try some of the suggestions below to get your students practicing!” I wish there was more annotation for each site, but it’s a big list.

WisBusiness: BookScape brings the written word to 3D life

WisBusiness: BookScape brings the written word to 3D life. “The product has both a mobile application and a browser-based version that takes an excerpt of text and turns it into an illustrative work of art. Once available for purchase, BookScape will be a recurring subscription-based software so users can easily create and store their illustrations online…. The software uses a library of three-dimensional models to build the visualized environment, using artificial intelligence to fill in information gaps.”

Chattanooga Times Free Press: State education department launches free decodable books program to strengthen K-2 reading skills

Chattanooga Times Free Press: State education department launches free decodable books program to strengthen K-2 reading skills. “The Tennessee Department of Education has a new tool in its effort to make students proficient readers by the time they enter third grade. Called ‘decodables,’ the free, at-home reading supplement for students in kindergarten through second grade helps parents work with their youngsters to build reading skills and practice phonics.”

New York Times: How Crying on TikTok Sells Books

New York Times: How Crying on TikTok Sells Books. “An app known for serving up short videos on everything from dance moves to fashion tips, cooking tutorials and funny skits, TikTok is not an obvious destination for book buzz. But videos made mostly by women in their teens and 20s have come to dominate a growing niche under the hashtag #BookTok, where users recommend books, record time lapses of themselves reading, or sob openly into the camera after an emotionally crushing ending.”

Newswise: What happens in your brain when you ‘lose yourself’ in fiction

Newswise: What happens in your brain when you ‘lose yourself’ in fiction. “If you count yourself among those who lose themselves in the lives of fictional characters, scientists now have a better idea of how that happens. Researchers found that the more immersed people tend to get into ‘becoming’ a fictional character, the more they use the same part of the brain to think about the character as they do to think about themselves.”