Using Phonics Makes Learning to Read Easier, Says Study


TIME

New research suggests that relying on phonics, a method of learning where an individual sounds out words, helps students to learn reading faster when compared with the whole-language technique, which hones in on visually memorizing word patterns.

In a study published in Brain & Language, scientists at the University of Buffalo utilized neuroimaging technology to suggest that phonological information is vital to helping an individual identify words while they’re being read. Moreover, individuals perform better at reading when they are more sensitive to auditory information.

“Better readers seem to have more of these neurons taking advantage of auditory information to help the visual word recognition system along,” says Chris McNorgan, an assistant professor of psychology who managed the study.

[Science Daily]

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Amazon Is Making It Easier to Publish Your Own Kindle Textbooks


TIME

Amazon announced Thursday that it’s making it possible for authors to create and distribute digital textbooks using its self-publishing tool, Kindle Direct Publishing.

The e-commerce giant expects the new initiative mostly to be used by independent authors, particularly those who have regained the rights to their textbooks, or smaller publishers. The self-published textbooks, Amazon expects, would be purchased and read mostly by higher education students.

“A professor might have an extra packet for their class that they could upload and make digitally available,” says a spokeswoman for Amazon.

Textbook writers will be paid on Amazon’s familiar royalty scheme: for all textbooks priced under $9.99, authors will earn 70% of the royalties. For all textbooks $10 and over, authors receive just 35%. That model helps Amazon encourage authors to price their books under $10. However, it’s unclear whether that model will disadvantage writers of textbooks, which are traditionally much more expensive…

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Tips for Tech: Money Jar


In one of my other Blogs I have an occasional post that I call ‘Tips for Life,’ which means the post is basically a daily life hack type of post which covers something for making life easier. So in this Blog I’m starting an occasional post called ‘Tips for Tech,’ which will basically be a post aimed at making daily practical life a little easier in the area of technology – specifically in the area of books and reading.

Today’s ‘Tips for Tech’ post, the link below is to an article which provides a fairly simple way to save a few dollars here and there to buy what you need – Ebook Reader, a few ebooks, etc.

For more visit:
http://www.teleread.com/joanna/budgeting-for-tech-a-painless-approach/

Article: Shelflook


The following link is to an article on the iphone app – shelflook. An app that allows the reading of book spines in an easier way at the bookshop.

For more visit:
http://www.mediabistro.com/appnewser/shelflook-an-app-for-the-lazy-bookworm_b23008

Kindle: I Finally Have One


After a number of years of reading ebooks on my lap top and before that on my old computer, I have now got myself a Kindle – the Kindle 4. A little bit of trial and error – a bit of playing about with it and I think I now have it worked out (more or less). I’m thrilled with it I have to say. I’ll finally be able to read ebooks without having to set up the lap top – so much easier with the Kindle. So I have loaded a couple of books onto it with the USB connection to the lap top, so I’m set to go. Now I can take my reading with me wherever I go and not be worried about a bulky set up of any description.

I have also bought the Kindle cover for it, that way the screen will be protected and my investment won’t meet an unhappy and early death.

For more information on the Kindle visit:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051QVF7A/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Kindle