101 books to dive into this summer: A reading list

Editor’s note: Okay so this is a mega list but worthy of a scan as it has been compiled by TED speakers and offers a broad range of topics and styles.

Read slowly to benefit your brain and cut stress

      Curated from online.wsj.com Some reasons why you should read more intently and without distraction. Is this a hard sell when people seem so pushed for time?

Why you should read more novels

Editor’s note: Immersing yourself in a fictional story can lead to changes in brain function for up to five days, according to a recent study.

The 20 Best Books I Read in 2013

Editor’s note: I chanced upon this list from Jurgen Appelo. It is worth sharing because it covers a huge range of topics relevant to L&D – from performance reviews to publishing. A great reading list for Christmas and the New Year.

20 different ways to buy ebooks, digital comics and etextbooks

Editor’s note: This article will bring you up to speed on how the ebook market is developing. If you consider yourself to be a publisher then this is a must-read.

‘Out of print’ doc examines the end of print books and what it portends

Editor’s note: A look at the forthcoming film Out of print and the future/death of print.

Designing for the reading experience

Editor’s note: Taking the main components of a digital experience are content, context and the user, this article explores assessment methods and some considerations that would improve the overall reading experience.

Subjective impressions do not mirror online reading effort: concurrent EEG-eyetracking evidence from the reading of books and digital media

Editor’s note: Older people tend to dislike e-readers, but expend less cognitive effort using them than when reading real books. This research looks into how we perform as readers across different devices.

Neural networking: online social content easier to recall than printed info

Editor’s note: Recollecting Facebook posts is easier than recalling the same information in a book. It also takes less effort to remember posted patter than someone’s face, according to new research.

Patients with vision loss read again using iPad

Editor’s note: Maybe a slightly overstated headline but worthy of attention as iPads in particular are good for helping the visually impaired to be able to read text.

Did you know? Stress makes you worse at reading

Editor’s note: You probably did know this but worth a reminder as barriers to learning exist in all their many forms in the wider context of the learner. Stress is just one factor.

Open collections program: reading, choosing books

Editor’s note: So how did Victorians deal with the fire hose of information that was the explosion in book publishing?

This is your brain on Jane Austen, and researchers at Stanford are taking notes

Editor’s note: Researchers are looking into the effects on the brain of reading Jane Austen. The experiment focuses on literary attention, or more specifically, the cognitive dynamics of the different kinds of focus we bring to reading.