Posts tagged books

Language Learning

3 Ways to Use Smartphones To Learn Foreign Languages By Reading Books

There are many ways in which smartphones have come to encroach on our ability to enjoy some quiet time with a good book or even replaced the pulp in our life all together. The sense of immediate gratification — or…

July 25, 2014, by

Guest Posts

The Pleasure of Reading in a Foreign Language

Apart from English fluency practice, the area most students want to concentrate on when they are with me on an intensive course is improving and expanding their English vocabulary. The activities we normally do together vary from collocations, idiomatic expressions,…

November 19, 2013, by

Indie Publishing

Why Making Books Is Like Baking Cookies

Making books is fun. In fact, it’s rather addictive. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. The process of bookmaking has long been in the hands of a small intellectual elite, heavily guarded by cultural gatekeepers. The internet has…

June 14, 2013, by

Indie Publishing

How The Ebook Limits Innovation

Everybody knows what a book is: a stack of printed paper, held together by glue, staples, etc. If we talk about the ebook, however, it’s not that clear. What is an ebook? Is a huge Word document or PDF an…

April 7, 2013, by

Books

How The Cloud Killed The Library

It was not long ago that every home had a shrine of collected media: CDs, DVDs, books neatly organized for quick reference and dusted off daily for the prying eyes of neighbors and potential mating partners. In reverse these shelves…

February 13, 2013, by

Books

Why German Grammar Is Dead Simple (free download inside)

A while ago these images were making the rounds about how German sounds cruel and gritty compared to other languages. And while the prejudice of Teutonic doom and gloom will probably not come off any time soon (thanks, Wagner) there…

June 5, 2012, by

Books

How Indie Publishing Could Revolutionize Creative Expression But Often Doesn’t

It was Clay Shirky who said in a recent interview that publishing is no longer a job, it’s a button. In fact, I’m staring at one right now. It’s blue and it says “publish”. It’s simple. Shall I click it? No?…

April 13, 2012, by

Books

The Role Of Reading In The Age Of Constant Digital Distraction

While some people still entertain themselves with the predictable mudfight of “ebook vs paper book”, I find another question far more interesting, namely the role of reading in the age of continuous partial attention. How do we read in the…

April 2, 2012, by

Books

Ten Modern Literary Classics You Probably Haven’t Read But Should

Note: This is a guest post by Alex Morris. Alex Morris works for Office Kitten in Manchester where he writes, researches and blogs about the business world. He can also be followed on Twitter. ~ The Good Earth – Pearl…

February 2, 2012, by

Books

Use Your Kindle To Learn A Foreign Language

Kindle devices and other e-readers are one of the most convenient and pleasant ways to consume digital text. Contrary to tablets, desktops and smartphones, the screens of e-readers like the Kindle enable you to read for hours without eye-strain, thanks…

December 27, 2011, by

News

5 Reasons Why Books Aren’t Dying Out

Back in the days when I had to take several trains and buses just to get to my workplace, commuters leaning against subway doors with crumpled paper-back novels were a common sight. When I see people sitting in bus stations…

August 25, 2011, by