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Historians must count

I have a research project in mind. It involves the use of statistics. I am a typical humanities grad with no real background in the quantitative social sciences, and need some guidance. What I'm interested in is: tracking, tallying, and correlating some of the everyday events recorded in personal diaries from a particular historical period. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How to read "Infinite Jest" on a Nook Color?

I just bought a B&N Nook Color, on which I'll read the NY Times and some Dickens and Trollope. I'd like to download and read "Infinite Jest" on it too, as I've not been motivated to read my five-pound paperback copy. But what's the simplest, cleanest way to flip back and forth between the IJ narrative and the notes on the Nook? Do you have a system? Can you keep both places marked and flip easily? Or what? (I'm pretty tech-phobic but trying to overcome.) Thanks.
posted by fivesavagepalms on Mar 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Reading lamp / floor lamp wanted

Please help me find a better reading lamp. [more inside]
posted by Forktine on Mar 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight on Feb 27, 2012 - 54 answers

Things learned by reading biographies

How did reading a biography learn you a valuable lesson, help you gain a crucial insight, change your worldview or impact you in some other, non-trivial way? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Feb 14, 2012 - 13 answers

What can you convince a non-reader to read?

My little brother probably has asperger's. He most definitely has next to no interests. Can you help me me find something my brother might like? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by semp on Feb 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book

Please recommend me a light reading scientific philosophy book. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Feb 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Has the internet warped my brain?

I have an interesting and challenging topic thought out for an essay, and I'm trying to find sources, but I'm stumped on how to word my search for reading material and sources on the topic. Help me find sources on how the internet changes the way we read! [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Feb 10, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I read next?

What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Feb 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Suggestions for reading about large scale projects?

What large scale, generally peaceful and non-space related projects would be as fun to read about as the Apollo space program? Specific details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 1, 2012 - 34 answers

Great CD Audiobooks of the Western World

My question is very simple. I want to "read" the Brittinanica Great Books of the Western World on CD audio while I'm doing housework. [more inside]
posted by KMH on Jan 30, 2012 - 5 answers

London book recommendations

What should I read to get a feel for London? [more inside]
posted by donajo on Jan 11, 2012 - 34 answers

Looking for great Jewish-themed novels.

Interested in reading more quality Jewish-themed fiction. Can anyone suggest some books? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 4, 2012 - 38 answers

Give Me Your Recs For the Best Free eBooks!

Recommend some free e-books for Kindle? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Dec 25, 2011 - 25 answers

Books that are fun to read out loud

What are some books, appropriate for an approx. two-year-old, that have the same sort of rhythm and/or rhyming mechanism as The Night Before Christmas? [more inside]
posted by meggan on Dec 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Daddy read me a story

What are some good chapter books to read to an almost-six year old girl? [more inside]
posted by sandraregina on Dec 20, 2011 - 40 answers

The Beginning of the Dark Ages

How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Are there any recent (last 3-4 years) surveys of American reading habits?

Can you point me to recent surveys of reading habits in the United States? I'm hoping to find statistics from the last 3-4 years about anything from the average number of books read, time spent reading, digital reading, to whatever else you know about. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl on Dec 14, 2011 - 6 answers

When should I let my child pick her own books if I disagree with them?

When should I let my child read Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid?? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 12, 2011 - 60 answers

Looking for reading list suggestions for automatic topic/concept matching

Looking for reading list suggestions and search terms for fuzzy concept matching: given a list of topics, some of which might be defined by synonyms, how do you match to more exact concepts? I'm guessing that this is a natural language processing (NLP) or semantic web question but I might be wrong. [more inside]
posted by handee on Dec 6, 2011 - 1 answer

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times

I want to spend next year reading ~the classics~. So, um, what are they? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 6, 2011 - 64 answers

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise?

How can I concentrate on what I'm reading without being too distracted by background noise? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Dec 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Improve my elocution!

How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Nov 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Read Like Molasses in January

I usually consume books. Help me with tricks/strategies to savor and retain Murakami's 1Q84. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 answers

How readable is A Dance with Dragons?

I am going to be bored by A Dance with Dragons, aren't I? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 8, 2011 - 35 answers

How to say aloud "Lord D——'s private chapel"?

How would you go about reading aloud a story with names redacted? [more inside]
posted by komara on Nov 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Preschool book recs please

Preschooler books - recommendations please! [more inside]
posted by k8t on Nov 6, 2011 - 27 answers

Time for some new reading material.

Hit me with some great, freely-available, science fiction short stories. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 4, 2011 - 31 answers

Y Kant Anoni Read

Grad student can no longer read. ADD reading strategies sought, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 - 20 answers

"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn"

I have never read Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but I would like to. Please recommend to me your ideas for the best way to approach this. Web, Kindle or iOS friendly methods welcome. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Good edition of The Ambassadors

Could someone suggest a nice reading edition of Henry James's The Ambassadors? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Am I being a snob?

My boyfriend does not keep up to date on current events. This bothers me. Can I say something? Am I being a snob? [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Oct 13, 2011 - 57 answers

"But MoTHER, I CAN'T now because I'm READING!"

Please help me to find graphic novel/illustrated novel/comic strip novel/picture novella/comic book (whatever they're called) suggestions for my seven year old daughter? Preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by peagood on Oct 11, 2011 - 31 answers

Morgan Freeman as the voice of God

Where can I find audio by actors with awesome voices reading various stuff? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Oct 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Is there a plugin or script to sort Amazon wishlist by lowest Prime-eligible price?

Is there a plugin or script to sort Amazon wishlist by lowest Prime-eligible price? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Oct 5, 2011 - 6 answers

How to read TeX-works on my Kindle

Instapaper + Kindle is reading bliss. How do I extend this bliss to PDF documents with annoying formatting? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Intermittently yelling out "books".

I like Community. I like books. Give me books that are like Community. [more inside]
posted by Memo on Sep 30, 2011 - 26 answers

How do YOU do the internet?

What's your preferred process for finding and curating what you want to read on the web, and making it readable on your computer and tablet type devices? [more inside]
posted by patnasty on Sep 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work

More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 23, 2011 - 36 answers

Help me find a prose reading for my best friend's wedding!

My best friend is getting married! And I am doing the reading! Yay! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find anything that really fits the couple. Halp. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 22, 2011 - 20 answers

adult literacy information

I have a friend in his mid 20s who has, I would guess, a 9th-grade literacy level. I'd like to help him bring that up a bit, so he is more successful in school (he just started at a community college taking business classes). I don't know where to begin! There's soooo much information on the net, I'm having a hard time processing it. Can you suggest a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Sep 20, 2011 - 19 answers

please recommend fiction

Please recommend books: urban fantasy and mysteries, no thinking required. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Sep 15, 2011 - 48 answers

Books about sibling rivaly for a dyslexic?

Books about sibling rivalry and being the youngest? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Sep 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Wanted: YA Novels in Japanese

Recommendations for Japanese books to practice reading (in Japanese)? [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust on Aug 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Skim reading

Does anyone have any suggestions on skim reading? I am having trouble working out how to do it without reading the whole article. This is for University studies. Thanks V
posted by Veronica78 on Aug 26, 2011 - 7 answers

What epic book should I read next?

What epic book should I read next? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 22, 2011 - 76 answers

Fingers on the pulse - give me your "zeitgeistiest" non-fiction picks

Help me put together a list of the most zeitgeist-y, readable and accomplished "big idea" non-fiction books of recent years. [more inside]
posted by oneaday on Aug 15, 2011 - 31 answers

Looking for a new manual typewriter that will last...

I want to buy a manual typewriter, that I will not have trouble finding paper/ink/ribbons for... [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jul 29, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I better curate my daily/weekly reading list and improve the reading experience?

Does anyone know of a good way to better curate the blogs and articles I subscribe to/automatically sort through them? I have seen some iPad apps that claim to do things like this, but I don't have an iPad and I don't particularly want to be restricted to only reading on said device even if I did. Also, any solution for formatting articles in such a way that they could be printed to create a custom magazine or put on a kindle or something like that, to improve the reading experience? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss on Jul 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Books with characters who you feel like you get to know as real people

Literature distinguished by its richly drawn characters [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 25, 2011 - 43 answers

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