Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health

[note - reference previous re-blogged post on benefits of writing] Benefits of Reading Reading has been linked to an amazing array of benefits, including these: Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly … Continue reading Good News for Bookworms: Science Says Reading is Good for Your Health

My new favorite browser extension (perfect for readers)

I can't remember now where I came across a mention of this super-handy browser extension but I suspect it was one of my co-workers. I wish I could give you credit here, Unknown Helpful Person, but alas, my memory has failed me. Edit: Unknown Helpful Person has been identified, yay! And as I suspected, it's … Continue reading My new favorite browser extension (perfect for readers)

Goodreads Shelves

I track my books on Goodreads and often read other people's reviews after finishing a book to see how my opinions compare to others, particularly when I diverge from the majority. I came across this Goodreads user's shelves on such an occasion and they made me laugh out loud. My shelf labels are pretty boring … Continue reading Goodreads Shelves

How to Annoy Readers: Ending a Book Without Ending the Story

As part of my effort to whittle down my pile of books waiting to be read, I chose one to read last week that had been sitting on my Kindle for probably more than a year. It started off strong, but got pretty bogged down in the middle with a rather sedate plot and characters … Continue reading How to Annoy Readers: Ending a Book Without Ending the Story

Amazon Unveils New Unlimited Program for Readers

Amazon is dipping its giant toe into the book subscription model with the recently unveiled Amazon Unlimited program. Claiming to offer book lovers access to over 600,000 books and thousands of audio books, this Netflix-for-books plan is priced at $9.99 per month. You can view the nitty-gritty here, but for me, the most pressing question … Continue reading Amazon Unveils New Unlimited Program for Readers

Custom-Made Books: The Latest in In-Flight Entertainment?

Looks like Qantas has come up with a novel idea for airline travel, literally. Coming soon to a Qantas flight near you is a collection of in-flight books deliberately designed to only take as long as the flight lasts to finish reading. No Kindle required. The idea actually came from the Australian airliner's ad agency, … Continue reading Custom-Made Books: The Latest in In-Flight Entertainment?

Reading on Paper versus Screen: See What Science Says About What Your Brain Prefers

Do you ever find yourself printing something to read because you really need to focus on it or pay attention to the content? Have you read something on screen and then later had difficulty recalling the details of what you read? (here's me, raising my hand) Turns out that it happens to most of us. … Continue reading Reading on Paper versus Screen: See What Science Says About What Your Brain Prefers