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Amazon Kindle in the News

Two recent pieces of news from Amazon coincide with our plans to roll out a Kindle pilot lending program.  First, Amazon plans to release an ad-supported version of their popular Kindle e-reader that is priced at $114, that will display advertisements.  The ads will appear on the home page and as screen savers.  Amazon says that it was important that the ads don’t “interfere with the reading experience.”

In other news from Amazon, Kindle will roll out a library lending program.  As part of this program, you’ll be able to make margin notes that won’t show up when the next reader checks out the book.

Students, your dreams of marking up your library books are about to come true.  /JD


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digital marginalia?

An article in the NYT Sunday magazine has me thinking about the way our students write in books.  Girls, you really write in your books.  You Highlight, you underline, you make elaborate notes in the margins until the whole book is covered with your notes.

I never got into this habit.  Maybe because I didn’t buy my own books in high school– they belonged to the school and we had to give them back to be used again next year by the next class.  Even in college when I bought my own books, I always wanted to sell them back at the end of the semester so I didn’t take notes in the margins.  Maybe it is my inner librarian, but I sometimes flinch at the sight of a heavily marked up text.

Sam Anderson in the NYT is looking forward to the day when he can read a book on a digital reader and also read the marginalia of his friends or of other writers or critics.  He sees this as a bridge between the private act of reading and the social act of sharing your notes and thoughts.  I personally see reading as a refuge from the noise of daily life, which may be why even though I love to read, I don’t much like to talk about books in a deep way.  My English teacher friends don’t understand this, but as soon as someone starts analyzing a book that I love, I suddenly need to make a break for it.

I can see the use in social reading though, and I think sharing marginalia would be a very cool thing, just maybe not for me.

What do you think?  Would you like to share margin notes with your friends?

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YA lit in the NYT Again!

The New York Times is OBSESSED with dystopian young adult literature.  From what I see in the library, I’d say you are too.  The Times says these books offer a dark vision of “a world where civilization feels an awful lot like high school and everyone is under pressure to conform.”  Does this ring true to you?  Or is it just a whole lot of fun watching Katniss Everdeen triumph over the forces of evil?

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Book Trailers!

Check out the book trailers made by Mrs. Rudnicki’s 10th grade English students.  Find a good book to read during the long holiday weekend!

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Read Across America Week

Read Across America Week is an annual celebration that encourages kids to get excited about reading.  It takes place the week of March 2, which is the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  I read Zen Shorts by Jon Muth to 2nd grade girls on Wednesday morning.  It is the story of a family who meets a Panda named Stillwater; he tells stories that invite the children to look at the world in new ways. 

I love reading to kids, because all kids love to be read to.  How about you?  /JD

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What did you read today?


All these snow days have given me extra time to read.  I have been reminded of the years when I read most–right after college, when I was living in Vermont.  The long, snowy winters gave me plenty of time to read.  I tucked into all the great long novels that I hadn’t read in English and Literature classes up to that point.  I remember coming home from work, fixing a cup of tea, changing into my comfy clothes and curling up on the couch with a blanket to read Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre, Sister Carrie, and other classics.  Lately, I’m very interested in reading new books, both fiction and nonfiction.  I’ll be posting about my favorite new reads of the year here in the coming days. 

What did you read on the snow days?/JD

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