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Bill Gates Recommends 5 Books for Summer

New works on Da Vinci and Lincoln make the cut

(Newser) - Bill Gates is out with his annual list of summer reading recommendations, and he explains in a blog post that they tackle questions such as "what makes genius tick?" and "where does humanity come from, and where are we headed." The "genius" in question is Leonardo... More »

To Remember Something, Read It Out Loud

Study suggests that it's more effective for memory than reading silently

(Newser) - Anyone who's crammed for a test may have suspected as much, but a new study finds that reading something aloud is the best way to remember it. Researchers at the University of Waterloo tested 95 students over two semesters using four different methods: reading silently, reading aloud, hearing someone... More »

Florida County Has Banned the Bane of Kids' Existence

The superintendent wants nightly reading instead of homework

(Newser) - The superintendent of Marion County schools in Florida has just issued a "no homework" mandate for the district's 31 elementary schools starting this fall, reports WESH 2 . Superintendent Heidi Maier cites research that nightly homework assignments haven't been shown to directly impact a child's academic advancement,... More »

Think It's Weird When Parents Read to Babies? Think Again

Reading even in early infancy can help boost literacy later

(Newser) - OK, your baby isn't going to get the finer points of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but there are benefits to be reaped from exposure to books even in early infancy. New research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting on Monday shows that when babies... More »

Here's a Bold Strategy for Reading Your Next Novel

Skip to the end, advises a book lover

(Newser) - The writer who covers the books beat at the Guardian has some advice for fellow readers that might sound like heresy: When you're halfway through a novel, skip ahead and read the ending. Danuta Kean does this routinely and makes the case that knowing how things turn out doesn'... More »

It's Getting More Difficult to Read Science Papers

Researchers: It's because of technical jargon, also regular old jargon

(Newser) - Put off by the high-level mumbo-jumbo that proliferates in science journals? You're not alone, Swedish researchers have found. In a study published in the preprint server bioRxiv , William Hedley Thompson and his Karolinska Institute team checked out more than 700,000 English-language abstracts from nearly 125 biomedical journals from... More »

4 Books Obama Put on Malia's Kindle

President talks about his love of reading

(Newser) - President Obama managed to remain an avid reader even during his presidency, and New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani interviewed him about the role of books in his life. Fiction, explains Obama, was more than just a break from briefings and memos. It was "useful as a reminder... More »

8 Classic Books Creative People Love

Tilda Swinton, Laura Linney, Bill Gates weigh in

(Newser) - Need a last-minute gift idea for the reader in your life? The New York Times might be able to help you out. It's compiled the favorite classic novels of "eight creative people," who previously named the 10 books they'd want with them on a desert island... More »

To Live Longer, Pick Up a Book

Book readers live 2 years longer than non-readers: study

(Newser) - Reading books does more than ward off dementia : It also increases your lifespan, according to Yale researchers. In fact, the more time a person spends reading, the less likely they are to die. Researchers asked 3,635 people over 50 about their reading habits, then checked back in after 12... More »

10 Most Well-Read Cities in America

Seattle, Portland, Washington top the list

(Newser) - Living near Amazon's headquarters apparently prods people to pick up a book. Seattle is the most well-read city in the country for a second year in a row, according to Amazon's annual list—based on purchases of print or electronic books, magazines, and newspapers in major cities over... More »

Book Clubs Play Big Role for Women in Dating

They feel it helps them find just the right partner, says study

(Newser) - A sociologist's research into women and book clubs will no doubt be interesting for the women themselves, but it might be more interesting for those who hope to date them. In short, those potential suitors better get reading because, romantically speaking, it matters a lot. "American women utilized... More »

10 Most Literate US Cities

Minneapolis is No. 1 in new survey

(Newser) - An annual ranking of the most literate cities in the US has a new champion: Minneapolis. It bumped Washington, DC, which has reigned supreme for the last four years, to No. 2. The survey by Central Connecticut State University factors in data from bookstores, online and physical libraries, newspaper circulations,... More »

Millennials Read More Than the Rest of Us

Most pick up books at least once a week: Pew

(Newser) - Today's kids don't read, right? Wrong, io9 reports: A Pew survey finds that some 67% of those ages 16 to 29 read a book at least once a week—more than the 58% of adults ages 30 and older who do so. Meanwhile, 43% of the younger group... More »

Harry Potter Casts Spell on Millennials' Political Views

Readers show 'greater support for equality': Anthony Gierzynski

(Newser) - JK Rowling's boy wizard hasn't just entertained millennials—he's worked his magic on their political views as well, writes a political science professor who's studied the subject. After surveying university students, Anthony Gierzynski found that "reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for... More »

Forget Kindle Unlimited, Use the Library

A library card is a much better acquisition, writes Insider Higher Ed columnist

(Newser) - If there were a press release about this product, it might exclaim, "Revolutionary service gives you access to a virtually unlimited number of books!" writes Barbara Fister at Insider Higher Ed . She must be talking about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited, which gives people access to 600,000... More »

'Dyslexia' Is a Meaningless Term, New Book Argues

It's too imprecise, according to 2 academics

(Newser) - "Dyslexia" is a meaningless term that should be scrapped, two academics argue in a new book. In The Dyslexia Debate , Julian Elliott of Durham University and Dr. Elena Grigorenko of Yale say the misstep comes in searching for a blanket term with which to label children who have trouble... More »

Here Are the Books People Lie About Reading

Made it through 'Ulysses' yet?

(Newser) - You've heard of these books. You might even have talked about them. You know you should have read them—but you probably didn't. At the Federalist , Ben Domenech offers his list of the books most people lie about reading:
  1. Ulysses, James Joyce
  2. The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli
  3. The Art
... More »

E-Book Boom Fizzles

Sales growth bottoms out after years of huge increases

(Newser) - The e-book boom looks to be finished, writes Nicholas Carr at the Rough Type blog. He picks up on stats from the Association of American Publishers that show just a 5% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the previous year. That's "anemic,"... More »

To Help Ward Off Dementia, Grab a Good Book

Study adds weight to the theory of keeping your brain active

(Newser) - It's not the most startling of conclusions, but a major new study lends weight to the theory that a lifetime of reading and other brain-boosting activities helps ward off dementia late in life, reports the BBC . The study in the journal Neurology tracked about 300 people from their mid-50s... More »

How to Read 365 Books in 2013

Jeff Ryan did it without shirking daily duties

(Newser) - A book a day, every day, from tomorrow to next New Year's Eve: Sounds impossible, right? Well, Jeff Ryan managed it in 2012—without giving up his job or his family duties, he writes in Slate . Of course, he tweaked the rules a little; some days, he wouldn't... More »

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