#DigitalParenting: Ignoring Each Other With Books?

A few extracts from the book related to this: (p181-182) With the growth of tablet devices and e-readers, one of the leading debates is about both the quality and the quantity of reading. The CHILDWISE 2012 Report points to the 30 per cent that read often for pleasure, although 17 per cent never do so, with 14 per cent of boys and 11 per cent of girls favouring e-books over printed books: At age 7–8, children Continue Reading →

Do students like reading? @timeshighered

A great article re dealing with that statement “students don’t like reading”, which we hear over and over, and courses tend to use ‘force’ to try and “encourage” students to read… A new approach: Recently, I decided to act on this expectation and launched a “Reading Challenge” to my history undergraduates. This voluntary event encourages them to read 20 books for pleasure during their degree. It is not an attempt to force on them a Continue Reading →

Time to shelve the book habit ? @timeshighered

Think digitally and steer academics away from their ‘cravings’, librarians are told. Hannah Fearn writes University librarians have been told that they must change the behaviour of academics to “stop them craving books” as libraries shift their focus to digital resources. The call was made at a debate about the future of university libraries, hosted by Times Higher Education at the British Library last week. Debating the motion “Is the physical library a redundant resource Continue Reading →

"Do you read a book a week?"

“If I spend more than an hour surfing on the internet, I find my thinking has changed, and with it, my concentration,” says Nicholas Carr in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (2010). “The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.” In July, Amazon announced that, for the first time, the sale of digital editions of books had overtaken the sale of hardbacks. But, Carr says, the Continue Reading →

Digital Culture

digitalculturebooks is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library dedicated to publishing innovative work in new media studies and the emerging field of digital humanities.digitalculturebooks seeks to explore all aspects of new media and its impact on society, culture, and scholarly communication and will present work that exhibits and advances the understanding of the relationship between humanities and digital technologies. The series aspires to both investigate Continue Reading →

The Case for Books

“Electronification won’t kill off books entirely, discovers Andreas Hess While we are still reading books and articles, we are for ever tempted by the computer screen. Rarely do we openly reflect on the dilemma that our common reading habits seem to feed; namely that the more time we stare into the screen and the more others do the same, the harder it will be to write, produce and enjoy books the traditional way. Resignation to Continue Reading →

Career Resources

Buckingham, Marcus, Now Discover Your Strengths! Pocket Books, 2005 Graham, B., and Ali, L., Moving on in Your career: A Guide for Postgraduates and Academics, Routledge, 2000 Moses, Barbara, What Next: The Complete Guide to Taking Control of Your Working Life, 2003 Secrist, J., What Else You Can Do with a PhD, Sage Publications, 2000 Sher, Barbara., What do I do if I want to do Everything? Rodale Ltd, 2006 Isbister, Nick & Robinson, Martin., Continue Reading →

Georgette Heyer: The Historical Holiday Read

I have loved Georgette Heyer’s regency novels since my mum lent me ‘Frederica’ many years ago (I know most people think I’m only about 25, but I’m considerably older than that!)… that copy of Frederica has long since disintegrated, but no worries, I tracked down another one!!! In fact, with much diligent searching I have tracked down all her regency romances, and most of her other texts excluding the detective novels, which, never being so Continue Reading →