The Biggest Tech Industry Buzzwords, Defined for Normal People

The tech industry loves catchy phrases, but the truth is that most of them either don't mean anything or they're just complicated ways to phrase simple ideas. With that in mind, let's dig into what sayings like "the internet of things" or "disruption" means to us normal people. » 4/18/14 4:30pm Friday 4:30pm

10 Distinctive American Libraries That Give Books A Good Home

Hey, let's all take a quick minute right now to acknowledge those brilliant beacons of books—free books, for goodness sake!—that dot towns across the country. The Public Library, a new hardback by photographer Robert Dawson, offers a poignant look at the incredible architectural range of these community hubs. » 4/08/14 9:00am 4/08/14 9:00am

How to Buy Ebooks From Anywhere and Still Read Them All in One Place

Most ebook sellers try to lock you into a particular ecosystem. If you don't mind buying from the same company every time, this isn't too bad, but you lose the ability to comparison shop, as well as making it difficult to switch apps. Fortunately, there's a way around this problem. » 3/28/14 10:20am 3/28/14 10:20am

Rumor: Microsoft Is Building an Xbox Reader App

Clearly, the future is (possibly) all about reading. A new Microsoft job listing suggests that the company is looking to build "a groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics." » 2/10/14 7:00am 2/10/14 7:00am

Internet Commenter Syndrome: This Woman Can Write But Can't Read

One fateful Thursday morning, a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist—known only as M.P. for the sake of anonymity—found that the same attendance sheet she'd been using for years suddenly appeared to be covered in hieroglyphs. Not only that, she quickly realized that everything she logically knew to be covered in … » 1/07/14 6:40pm 1/07/14 6:40pm

This Book Shows You What It's Like to Have Dyslexia

For people with dyslexia, relating their struggle with reading to the general population can be a seemingly impossible and frustrating task. Graphic designer (and dyslexic) Sam Barclay, though, hopes to finally bridge the gap between those with reading difficulties and those without using his new book—a visual… » 11/08/13 12:20pm 11/08/13 12:20pm

Nook GlowLight Review: Pretty Screen, Silly Body

Back in 2012 Barnes and Noble introduced built-in frontlighting to the ereader world, beating Amazon at its own game—for a few months, anyway Since then, there have been not one but two Kindle Paperwhites, but now B&N is bringing out its follow-up Nook GlowLight. And it almost reclaims the top spot. » 11/07/13 2:34pm 11/07/13 2:34pm

A Clip-On Motion Sensor That Lets You Read While Running

Back in April we brought you a device that researchers at Purdue University had developed to make it easier to read while running on a treadmill. But the infra-red goggles and tracking cameras that translated a runner's movements to the text they were reading was clunky, and no where near as easy to use as the new » 9/05/13 7:00am 9/05/13 7:00am

The Story Behind Ten Tiny Libraries That Popped Up in NYC This Summer

This summer, ten small libraries mysteriously appeared throughout New York City's Lower East Side and East Village. But who paid for them? Who designed them? And what was the point? In a short film published today, the creators finally answer our many questions about how the Little Free Library came to be. » 7/29/13 2:00pm 7/29/13 2:00pm

This Throne of Books Is Your Own Private Personal Library

There's an endless number of distractions that can prevent us from curling up with a good book. So the folks at the London-based design studio, Tilt, created the OpenBook chair. It's an oversized comfy seat wrapped in an empty library that you can fill with your favorite books and magazines, creating an oasis of… » 6/25/13 5:00pm 6/25/13 5:00pm