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.
Washington Post: What we lose by reading 100,000 words every day. “Rereading a favorite book is a pleasure and skill, one of many that neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf fears we might be losing in this era of screen immersion. In ‘Reader, Come Home,’ she recounts an experiment she did on herself: She tried to reread Hermann Hesse’s ‘Magister Ludi,’ a novel she calls ‘one of the most influential books of my earlier years.'”
Popular Science: How to manage your digital read-it-later list—before it’s too late. “Most of us have some kind of system for saving online articles we want to read…eventually. Maybe you favorite tweets, employ a dedicated app like Instapaper, add links to a bookmarks folder, or leave a few gazillion tabs open in your web browser. There’s just one problem with this habit: You add stories to your list faster than you can check them off, increasing your roundup with each passing week…. It’s time to finally finish your pile of saved stories—or at least whittle it down to a manageable size.”
Engadget: New York Public Library turns classic novels into Insta Stories. “The New York Public Library is using Instagram’s Stories feature to make classic novels more accessible and enticing to read, especially to the younger generation. It has teamed up with ad agency Mother in New York to create ‘Insta Novels,’ which turns classic pieces of literature into animated digital novels illustrated by various visual artists. “