Posts Tagged: apps

Slow Reading

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As much as many of us would love to read faster so that we could read more books, science points to speed reading as little more than efficient skimming, partially because the eye has a limited range where it can truly focus:

A deeper problem, however—and the one that also threatens the new speed-reading apps—is that the big bottleneck in reading isn’t perception (seeing the words) but language processing (assembling strings of words into meanings).

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The Agatha Christie App

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Last week, Agatha Christie Productions Ltd. And TELL Player Limited released an app that re-tells Christie’s 1930 short story collection, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, through live video, social media feeds, and blog posts:

In the app—which updates the action to the present day—viewers click through the characters’ social media walls, feeds and albums to learn the plot.

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Fiction in the Digital Age

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Serialized fiction is experiencing a resurgence, and we have technology to thank.

Back in 2012, The Silent History brought the serialized novel to our iPhones (check out our interview with co-author Kevin Moffett here). And now, there’s Wattpad. The New York Times takes an in-depth look the app, which sees “more than two million writers producing 100,000 pieces of material a day for 20 million readers on an intricate international social network.”

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Reading Rainbow: The Next Generation

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If you or your kids have been near a TV in the past few decades, you probably went gaga for Reading Rainbow, the PBS children’s show hosted by LeVar Burton that encouraged young people to read.

The show is no more, but LeVar Burton is still determined to turn kids into book lovers with a Reading Rainbow mobile app.

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