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virtue / vice of kindle for 8 year old

I am considering buying my bookworm 7 year old girl a kindle for her 8th birthday. If any other mefites have done this or considered it I'd like to hear your opinions on it. [more inside]
posted by grubby on Feb 27, 2015 - 28 answers

The title of the book woulda been the title of this question...

This is probably ways too long of a shot here, but I need help remembering the title of any book in this series. It's been bugging me for days...very sketchy details inside! [more inside]
posted by zinful on Feb 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Wedding readings for a scientist?

I'm a physicist, and I'm marrying a biologist. Can Mefi suggest any wedding readings suitable for us? We're looking for something along a sciency theme.
posted by alby on Feb 9, 2015 - 21 answers

Learning to Read at a Higher Level

I apologize if this question may seem silly, but I read a lot and I notice that I don't recall what I've read very well. My usual technique for reading clinical books is that I highlight what I think is important and then I go back and take notes on what I have highlighted. I can definitely highlight too much and it makes going back very time consuming. Is there a better way of going through a book and taking notes on it? It seems like my old method is not working very well. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Feb 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Herodotus for beginners?

I just got a copy of the Tom Holland translation of Herodotus out of the library. I am not a student of Classical Lit (before this I've only read Homer and the tragedians), but a creative writer following a hunch that Herodotus might help with the project I'm currently working on. Any ideas where to start in The Histories? What to look for when reading? What you loved about reading it? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Feb 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Fantastical beings need help GTD, right?

Superheroes and vampires and dark overlords (oh my!) don't operate in a vacuum. They have meetings to schedule and budgets to balance and dry-cleaning to be picked up but obviously they can't be bothered with such mundane details. I want to read stories about the staff that gets those things done. I've wandered across a couple that I have enjoyed and would love suggestions in the same vein, especially if they are funny or lighthearted and play on the contrast between the extraordinary and the banal. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on Feb 2, 2015 - 21 answers

What's your favourite suspenseful short story?

I'm creating a short story unit for my grade 12 students and so I'm looking for 5 or 6 good, suspenseful ones that will (hopefully) really pique their interest--even the ones who hate reading. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Jan 28, 2015 - 31 answers

Novel recommendations, part 121947432

I recently enjoyed The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and am searching for similar novels. By which I mean novels that are about people living their lives, and the growth and change that naturally happens as they do. Engaging, but not particularly dramatic. Difficulty level: reading that helps me fall asleep. A couple of snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Jan 28, 2015 - 16 answers

Make my Instapaper instantly paper

I build up quite a bit of reading in my online skimming, but I want to be able to export all that into some kind of newspapery or magaziney template that I can print out and read in the paper-world. Reading off a screen just isn't doing it for me anymore. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jan 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Websites for pre-K/kindergarden?

I have just started occasionally letting my precocious, smart but hyperactive four-year-old "play" on the computer. So far she loves Paint and writing herself "letters" on Notepad. I would like some more easy, fun, and ideally free things that I can give her to do on there. Bonus points for anything educational. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Jan 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Which must-read non-fiction books can I tackle in a single sitting?

I loved Buzzfeed's 46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read In A Day last year. I've just started reading the very short, very good Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway and it made me wonder...what other classic non-fiction books can be read in a single sitting/day? Are there any non-fiction lists like that Buzzfeed one? [more inside]
posted by Junebug79 on Jan 5, 2015 - 25 answers

A different kind of online bookmark

Sometimes, I find myself reading a long webpage over a period of weeks or months. Usually this is a manual or online textbook . When I return to the page after a couple of days it can be difficult to remember exactly where my previous focus was. I'm looking for a simple, easy to use, online service that helps me pick up where I left off. [more inside]
posted by metadave on Jan 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Philadelphia Intellectual/Radical Hangouts

A friend of mine moved to Philadelphia recently and is looking for places where he might run into people of a similar intellectual/philosophical/political bent as him, namely left wing, interested in critical theory, interested in reading hard books. My suggestion was the sort of cafe that radicals, hippies, immigrants and homeless people hang out at. We have a few of those in Minneapolis, but I don't know anything about Philadelphia. Help me, hivemind, you're my only hope!
posted by cthuljew on Jan 2, 2015 - 8 answers

What is currently the best ebook app for Android?

Are there any ebook reading apps for Android that approach the level of polish that iBooks on iOS has? Ideally ones that have a continuous-scroll mode and which allow easy font customization? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Dec 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Best reading & writing applications on Android and Linux?

Hi everyone! For my job, I'm transitioning from Mac to Linux (trying Ubuntu) on my laptop and using an Android phone (CyanogenMod). I'm a little new to all this. For work and for play I read and write just an insane amount of text. I write papers and nonfiction research pieces and novels and thousands of notes. I read epubs and mobis and piles o' PDFs and many many online articles. What are your favorite apps and programs for reading, writing, editing, saving, and searching/storing text on these platforms? [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for a Kindle Paperwhite cover that works as a stand in bed

I like to read in bed, and I'd like a recommendation for a Kindle Paperwhite cover that will prop up the Kindle in landscape mode so I can read in bed without holding it up. [more inside]
posted by whir on Dec 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Like This Is My Jam, except for articles, books, and other reading

I just signed up for This Is My Jam, and would like to know if a similar service exists that easily allows one to share a favorite article, blog post, book, or other reading of the moment? Must be format-agnostic, or at least able to capably document different types of readings. Similar to This Is My Jam, it would be great if this service could easily embed an image (e.g. book cover, image from the blog), allow users to add notes, and create a widget for displaying one's current highlighted reading. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Dec 23, 2014 - 2 answers

Feel-Good Non-Fiction

Can you recommend some rousing, feel-good non-fiction? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Ethics of downloading ebooks

Please help me decide how to ethically consume books now that I'm the owner of a brand shiny new Kindle. [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 14, 2014 - 28 answers

I want to talk (and think) about what I read.

I am looking for a system or tips on, basically, how to write a summary of a book that explains its main points. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 14, 2014 - 6 answers

How to enjoy reading (for fun) again!

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this, but I work in libraries and I haven't read a book for pleasure in almost a year. How on earth do I take up reading as a hobby again?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2014 - 24 answers

I want to believe.

Please recommend me works based on the lives and works of stage magicians. I want to learn about how they started their careers and how they changed as it went on. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Long-ish non-fiction reads that will make me smarter and more empathetic

I'm looking for articles that take anywhere from half an hour to one hour to read. Specifically, I'm looking for 1) in-depth, meaty reads in any field; 2) (auto)biographical reads about ordinary people. [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

A book that's also a game?

There's several people I know that are big into gaming, (The Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, etc). They also like to read. In the interest of getting them something gaming related, is there a book or several books that function both as a piece of fiction and as a game?Not sure this sort of thing even exists, but figured if it does that would be pretty awesome as Christmas gift. Anyone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 21, 2014 - 31 answers

Sound + image

I'd like to read stories in English with my daughter. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Nov 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Help us continue our mom & daughter bonding over great books.

Next year she's off to college, but until then, help me fill the time with great books we can share. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Nov 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Book Recs for Teens Who Hate to Read and Have Emotional Disabilities

I got a lot of great ideas after this question about things to teach my high school English class, but I need more book recs. MeFis are a literate bunch, but I have incredibly specific parameters from which I can work. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Nov 15, 2014 - 41 answers

looking for low-power, low-light, long-life, warm-tone LED lamp or bulb.

I am looking for a reading lamp which closely imitates the light of a single candle. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Thought exercise: Dystopian Future Library

The scenario: access to the internet has been cut off due to (insert your worst fears here). Your only reading/reference material that you now have access to is what is on your shelves at home. Question: what are the best books to have stocked your shelves with beforehand?
posted by anemone on Nov 11, 2014 - 15 answers

WANTED: Excellent, yet easy reads

I'm going to start by admitting that my interest in reading went from avid bookworm to "I don't even want to read this considerably lengthy text message." That being said, I'm about ready to jump back into literature. So where do I start? [more inside]
posted by ourt on Nov 7, 2014 - 44 answers

What % of your reading do you need to remember at post-grad level?

I'm interested in doing a Chinese Studies MA but I don't know how much of my reading I need to remember. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Oct 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a new hobby to do at home, MANY restrictions

I'm casting about for a new at-home hobby, but need something that doesn't take up much space at all, doesn't require staring at a glowing screen or tax eyes much, and doesn't aggravate my RSI. [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 14, 2014 - 32 answers

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books About Fishing

I'd like to add to my husband's very small library of books that have to do with fishing. Not limited specifically to just fishing, but more or less general maritime activities, such as crabbing, or boat-building, or mysteries of the deep....that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Oct 13, 2014 - 29 answers

Article on why "relating" to characters in novels is unimportant?

I'm trying to find an article I read a few months ago on how readers shouldn't focus on whether or not they relate to a character. Does anybody have any leads?
posted by mmmbacon on Oct 10, 2014 - 8 answers

For the kid who likes to read in bed

Micropanda (3) likes to read in bed after lights out, but for obvious reasons we don't want a light to stay on after he falls asleep. He has a flashlight that stays on as long as he squeezes the trigger switch, then shuts off on release, but it has died. He is sad and we are sad. We are having a devil of a time replacing it. Please help. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Sep 29, 2014 - 23 answers

Apps for young readers

What are your favorite iPad apps for 4 - 7 year olds? [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Wer ist der deutsche Le Petit Nicolas?

My wife has a birthday coming up and I'd like to surprise her with a German book or two that she would be able to read... Eventually. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Books that a 2nd-grade boy would enjoy reading.

My wonderful partner has a 7-year-old, 2nd-grade son who is having a little trouble keeping up with his peers in the reading department. We're trying to give him some extra attention in that area so that he can catch up, and we'd like to try and foster in him a genuine interest in reading. What books (or comics, or anything) could we give him that he might like, and which would be appropriate for his reading level? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 17, 2014 - 41 answers

Help me be a better tutor!

I'm helping elementary school kids with their math and English homework. I really need math resources and strategies for helping kids with their reading/writing homework. Some are English language learners. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Sep 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Strategies for reading in college

What are the best strategies for reading in college, and actually comprehending what you're reading to make connections? How do people read hundreds of pages a week and comprehend it all?
posted by markbao on Sep 11, 2014 - 18 answers

What provocative opinion pieces have you read lately?

For a classroom exercise, I need a couple of mid-length (2-6 pages), somewhat provocative editorial-style essays. Difficulty: must be relatively self-contained (no extensive background knowledge required), of mid-level diction and conceptual difficulty (harder than the Daily Mail, easier than Malcolm Gladwell), ideally available online, and on a topic that might interest 18-20-year-olds. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Sep 11, 2014 - 15 answers

Non-soppy wedding readings for non-heterosexual wedding?

My cousin is marrying his boyfriend and has asked me to speak at his wedding reception. I don't know my cousin but as nearly his only family there I would like to pull this off, preferably by dint of reading a poem. Please help me find the poem. [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Sep 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Recommended reading for life as a small-town cop?

For a creative project I'm working on, I'm looking for good things to read about life and work as a small town US police officer. So far, I've only found romance novels and self-published Amazon memoirs. Any well-written non-fiction books I could be perusing? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Sep 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Screen vs physical books: parents modeling reading

Looking for writing (books, articles, blog posts, etc) about parents reading on screens instead of in physical books, and how that might impact kids' impressions of reading [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Sep 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Board Games to Promote Reading

Recently, I have been playing the board game Agricola with my daughter and I'd like to know if another game will provide some of the same things for her. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Sep 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for ways to connect with other kids remotely as a caring friend

My friend just passed away due to heart attack, leaving 7 years old twins with their Dad. We have a lot of caring friends who want to help their family. The family have plenty of money, toys, dress, ect. So we are looking for ways to love them. We all live in different parts of America. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Wedding Reading both for, and about, sisters

Asking for a friend: She has been asked to do a reading at her sister's wedding in a few weeks. She does not want to use anything biblical or from Shakespeare. Rhyming is ok, but it doesn't have to, and not epically long. The important and tricky part - she'd like it to be on the theme of sisters, but wedding appropriate. Help?
posted by librarianamy on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Current issues in archival reference

I'm interviewing tomorrow for a reader services position in an archives and need some help thinking about what current topics the committee might want to talk about. [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Aug 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I download and archive a blog or website in plain text?

There are some blogs and websites I would like to read in plain text or even HTML, I just don't want to click through hundreds of pages, and I definitely don't want to download them one by one. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Aug 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Aka, the effect of gamma rays on man in the moon marigolds

Which nation has the most science-fiction readers per capita? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jul 24, 2014 - 4 answers

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