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The End of the Word As We Know It: Reading in the Age of Distraction

A decade ago the web remained quarantined indoors, anchored to desktops by Ethernet umbilical cords, and a good novel could still help to pass the time on a heaving tube and or lonely bus. Now kids who sport web-enabled phones can never leave what Andrew Keen calls the ‘global dorm room’ – Facebook is the book they all read, the novel they’re all writing, and they rarely need to leave its realm any more. Read more →

Comics Get Technical

Marvel app allowing users to download comics

You’d be forgiven for thinking that iPads are mainstream, for people going to and from finance offices that want to pass the time looking at Facebook on a crisp screen, or play Angry Birds more intensely than the guy opposite with his tiny iPod.  However, the device offers a lot more – and has seemingly re-kindled a passion for comic books and graphic novels world wide.

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E Pluribus eBooks

Given its massive popularity, there is little surprise that iPad could take esoteric tarot reading and astronomy and make it trendy. Sandra Smiley tells us why e-readers won’t give more currency to the classics.

The e-reader’s success at the tills this holiday season has had pundits auguring a transformation in the way we factotums read – with the huge number of free classics available in electronic libraries, they argue, people will opt for literature’s opera magna rather than paying for the latest potboiler.

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