Don’t Take a Selfie Next to a Moving Train

eBookNewser - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 21:24

Here’s good advice for those seeking to impress friends with selfies taken next to moving trains: don’t do it. As demonstrated in this video, the selfie-taker was kicked in the head by a wise, disciplinarian train conductor. He’s lucky he’s not dead.

Don’t forget about this great selfie video depicting dangerous selfie scenarios. We told you so?

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eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

eBookNewser - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 20:16

Research from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. continued…

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Five perfect books for men who never read

Guardian Books - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 19:28
Just under a third of the male population don't read books, says a Reading Agency survey. Here are five man-friendly page-turners they might enjoy anyway

Nearly 30% of men have not read a book since school, according to a survey commissioned for World Book Night, an annual event that hopes to change their ways. The reasons men don't read are varied, but "not really wanting to" seems to be the main one. However, if you are a man or know one who might agree to try just one book for the hell of it, these are my guaranteed-no-regrets recommendations.

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Hilary Mantel says political debate has been replaced by abuse and bullying

Guardian Books - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 19:18
Writer reveals campaign of hate she had to endure after a public lecture she gave on the commodification of royalty

Serious political debate and activism seem to have been replaced by nasty abuse and bullying, the writer Hilary Mantel said as she revealed the hate campaign she endured after a public lecture she gave last year.

Mantel's Royal Bodies lecture for the London Review of Books explored the commodification of royalty across centuries.

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Wireless Companies Providing Voluntary Anti-Theft Tool for New Smartphones in 2015

eBookNewser - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 19:10

Today, CTIA and participating wireless carriers announced major anti-theft protection for new smartphones, starting in July of 2015. The voluntary program , which includes participation from major carriers such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

New smartphones manufactured after July 15, 2014 will feature remote wipe and other methods of rendering the device inoperable to thieves. continued…

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Goodreads syncs with Amazon purchases, Lee Boudreaux to start Little, Brown imprint, and more

Quill & Quire Blog - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 17:26
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Colm Toibin: how I wrote Mary's story

Telegraph - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 17:00
Writer Colm Toibin on the inspiration behind his biblical play and novel






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‘Family Guy’ Joins the Top Free Android Apps List This Week

eBookNewser - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 16:00

Facebook is still leading the top free list on Google Play, but we’ve got some newcomers to the top ten list that are worth mentioning. First up, Family Guy –  my favorite TV show in the known universe. The game is free and fun, especially if you are really into epic chicken battles.

There’s also Cut the Rope 2 at #10, a follow up to Cut the Rope. If you like crushing candy and being addicted to games, this app is for you.

Below, we’ve listed the top free Android apps of the week as well as videos to the two new apps. The list links to Google Play’s research about the individual apps, including user reviews.

We spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. continued…

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‘The Girl Behind the Door’ is Today’s Free eBook

eBookNewser - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 15:00

The Girl Behind The Door: A Father’s Journey Into The Mystery Of Attachment - is today’s free Kindle download from writer John Brooks. The memoir follows a father’s journey to understanding his adopted daughter’s tragic suicide:

A Marin County, California father embarks on a journey to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter, Casey, to take her life. He travels back to her abandonment at birth and adoption from a Polish orphanage at fourteen months, through her happy childhood and her turbulent adolescence, searching for answers. In most respects, Casey was a perfectly normal girl – beautiful, smart and popular, accepted at an elite college. But she also had troubling behaviors that no one understood, including mental health professionals.  continued…

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The 100 best novels: Help!

Guardian Books - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 14:15
As our list reaches the 20th century, the field of landmark books gets ever broader, which will likely mean much more debate. Whom should I choose?

This week, with The Red Badge of Courage, my list of 100 great novels in the English language, in chronological order, is almost one third complete, with a growing weekly readership that's approaching 200,000.

Each week since we started the project last year, I've found that there's always a steady percentage of my readers who a) viscerally hate it (Sunburst, for instance), b) despise it (hertfordbridge), or c) misunderstand it. failsworthpole stands for many here.

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Scientists Can Use Your Hot Body to Generate Electricity for Wearable Devices

eBookNewser - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 14:00

A research team from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have found a way to print thermoelectric materials onto flexible, glass fabric. This fabric is actually a miniature generator, capable of harnessing your body’s heat and converting it into usable energy to charge your mobile, wearable devices.

Byung Jin Cho, professor of electrical engineering at KAIST : continued…

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The top 10 novels of desert war

Guardian Books - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:43
From TE Lawrence to Michael Ondaatje, Robert Allison picks the best fiction about an extreme environment which lends itself to the highest drama

The desert has always been fertile ground for novelists. Not only in the otherworldliness of the landscape but also for its capacity to act as an existential sounding board for characters; such vast expanses of emptiness naturally encouraging introspection and reflection.

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JK Rowling to write Quidditch match reports for Harry Potter fansite

Telegraph - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:30
The Harry Potter author will bring back old characters for a series of Quidditch match reports on the Pottermore fan website






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The Empire of Necessity: The Untold History of a Slave Rebellion in the Age of Liberty

Guardian Books - Wed, 16/04/2014 - 12:00
Michael Moorcock on a tale of revolt on board a slave ship that explores the interdependency of liberty and slavery in the US

On 20 February 1805 in the remote bay of an uninhabited island off the Chilean coast, Captain Amasa Delano from Massachusetts, reduced to seal-hunting for a bad living, anchored his ship the Perseverance to take on fresh supplies of water and fish. Suddenly another ship, the Tryal, flying the Spanish flag, lumbered out of the morning mist. She was in desperate condition, her rigging ragged, boats missing, her complement reduced to a handful of half-starved sailors and with a cargo of unchained west African slaves.

When Delano boarded the Tryal he found her half-mad captain, Benito Cerreño, supported on the arms of his Muslim body-slaves Babo and Mori. The Spaniard sobbed out a fragmented story of losing hands, boats, passengers and cargo to sickness and the elements. He appealed to the good-hearted American for help. Astonished by the lack of discipline aboard, which he attributed to Cerreño's poor health and seamanship, Delano swiftly sent his longboat back to the Perseverance for supplies. An abolitionist, Delano was nonetheless impressed by the apparent devotion of the two slaves, father and son, who refused to be separated for a moment from their master.

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