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Kobo, the four-year-old Ontairo, Canada e-reader company, has raised the bar for the electronic device by releasing the $169 Aura HD. Since this reader is more expensive than the competition (the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light are $119, for example), Kobo is focusing on customers that want the ultimate e-reading experience.
The Aura has a 6.8 inch screen compared to the six-inch screen found on most e-readers. The battery life can last up to two months with the device on or off and Kobo says the device has the highest resolution screen on the market. Kobo’s marketing materials call the new Aura, “the Porsche of e-readers.”
Michael Tamblyn, the company’s EVP of content, sales and merchandising says, this device is “only for those people who really, really care about reading in their lives.” From their research they have found that 90 percent of its e-reader users plan to purchase a new e-reader in the next year and “want to see what the next generation of e-ink looks like.” While 36 percent of those users also own a tablet, an e-reader is still their primary reading device.
I don’t know if I am an outlier, but I have had the same Kindle version I purchased three years ago. The screen has locked up a few times, but after calling Amazon I’ve gotten a replacement twice. I don’t think an e-reader is meant to be fancy. It’s just simply for reading, and you’re not more or less of an avid reader based on the type of device you hold. If I were going to step into the $169 price point I may as well get a tablet and e-reader in one with the 7-inch $199 Kindle Fire.
The Aura HD is available for pre-order in North America at Kobo.com today, and in stores in Canada and the U.K. on April 25th. It should be in U.S. stores in May or June, and Kobo says it will announce international availability soon.
Don’t ever count out a media mogul!
Just when you all thought she was ruining her brand with OWN (and yes, some of you do think that so don’t front), Oprah pulls a rabbit out of the hat: she’s bringing back “Oprah’s Book Club.” That’s right, one of her most popular creations is finally being revived after being placed on serious hiatus since her talk show went off the air. This time, things are going to be a bit different since she no longer has the talk show.
Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, as it will now be known, is going to be interactive and online book club. In a video she made from her office in Chicago, she explained why they were revamping the book club from its old format:
“This is way different from the old book club because as we know, there are so many new ways we can read and discuss and get together and connect these days.”
The first book for Book Club 2.0 is Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Oprah said this book was the main reason she decided she needed a book club again. You know how Oprah gets excited about reading and books she deems great. Wild is the real life story of one woman’s 1,100 mile traveling journey…on foot. Real life story, huh? I bet the team researched it so there wouldn’t be another James Frey situation (remember he’s the one who wrote A Million Little Pieces which turned out to be a million little lies but Oprah didn’t know until after she’d named it a Book Club choice of the month).
If you pick up the book via e-reader, you can expect lots of extras such as notes from Oprah on certain portions of the book that stuck out to her. The author will also be taking questions online at some point and an interview with Oprah and Cheryl Strayed will air on OWN July 22nd. Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 officially launches on Monday at noon.
Making time at the start of another work day can sometimes be problematic. In between actually getting the motivation to get out of bed, taking care of things (and people) around the house and preparing for the daily demands at work (and just trying to get there on time), the morning can be a constant reminder that there are simply not enough hours in the day.
Starting your day off right not only means you will be more inclined to focus on the tasks at-hand, but you will be able to enjoy the day instead of just getting “through” it. Hopefully, these important morning tasks help you fully take control of your day.
Get Enough Sleep
A good and productive day starts with getting enough hours of sleep the night before. Although everyone has their own length of time they need, studies have proven that at least six to eight hours of sleep will help fuel the average adult. Being restless could be the beginning of a very long day, so try getting these much-needed hours instead of staying up and watching re-runs you’ve already seen is key. They may be tempting, and that last scoop of ice cream at midnight sounds like heaven, but fueling your body with sleep is the most effective way to enjoy your night and be fully prepared for what comes the next day. Your body will thank you for it in the morning.
For most of my life I’ve been more of a heavy magazine reader as opposed to a book club chick. Blame it on the fact that as a journalism major I spent way too much time in college and even before then trying to finish assigned readings. Therefore, I always valued something I could flip through fast. But now that I’m done with school (for now at least), and also since I live in NYC and have to ride the train for a long time, I’ve found myself diving into a good book more and more these days. One of my favorite authors just happens to be Toni Morrison, and I’ve made it a mission to try and read all of her books (as I’ve made it a mission to collect all of Spike Lee’s movies). I’m almost done! But before I’m fully complete with that mission, I thought I would share five of my favorite novels by the Pulitzer Prize winner and encourage you to check them out and/or share with your book clubs. Check it.
I’m a huge fan of powerful female figures in literature that are feared rather than fearful. Why? I’m just weird like that. But you get a character like that in this pretty epic book about secrets, family, friendship and defiance. The individual who the book is named after is raised by an eccentric grandmother and promiscuous mother in a small, once slave-owned town called The Bottom. And after a host of tragedies fall upon her childhood, she grows up and leaves to get an education. But when she comes back, she’s older, cocky and sexually free at a time when people weren’t supposed to be (the 1930-40s), and she turns the town on its head.
When the very married Joe Trace has an affair with a very young woman and in a blind rage, shoots her after she’s caught stepping out on him, he opens a can of worms and drama that only Ms. Morrison could put together on paper. Not only does his wife seek revenge on the dead girl, but she also seeks to find understanding and friendship with her enemy’s aunt. Jazz music is the soundtrack of the novel (which makes sense since it’s set in Harlem in the roaring 20s) and sometimes drives the actions of some of the characters in the story. As in many of her novels, Morrison’s main characters come off crazy as all hell on paper, but they’ve got emotional scars and societal pressures on them that make them that way. Deep stuff.
The Bluest Eye
Man, The Bluest Eye is just one of those novels that breaks your heart. Okay, so I know that doesn’t make you all that excited to check the book out, but it’s so moving and powerful, you can get over the sad aspects. It’s actually Morrison’s first novel, and it examines how folks look at beauty depending on where they are class wise, as well as racially. The protagonist, a young girl named Pecola, hopes and prays that one day she will wake up with blue eyes and that it will possibly change the way she is looked at by her family and the way she is treated by the world around her. Sadly, it never happens, and she endures enough hardships in one year that would break anybody down in one day. I know it sounds kind of depressing, but I assure you, it’s such a gripping read.
Not as huge in notoriety as some of her other works (Beloved, Song of Solomon), Love is a pretty deep novel about two women and the man that tore them apart. Not internally, but tore the two women apart from one another. Said man is late hotel owner Bill Cosey, and the women at odds are his granddaughter and his widow. After his death, they’re like an all-female version of War of Roses, with the two women living together in the man’s decaying mansion waiting for the other to die or to just get up and leave. But despite their coldness to one another, both women once had an undeniable bond before marriage and unexpected adulthood changed them. I won’t tell you how though…I love this crazy book.
When I first read this book for an AP class in high school, I had no idea what was going on once I finished it. People who weren’t supposed to be living were, crazed spirits were turning home of character Sethe upside down, and in the end, the book went over my head. But when I read it over again in college, I was blown away by the depth of the story. It wasn’t just about a woman who hurt her children to protect them and was paying for it, it was also about the psychological effects of slavery on everyone who appeared in the story. Though she was a free slave, Sethe and her family couldn’t outrun her past and the dark history of slavery. I can see why it was named the best fiction book of the past 25 years in 2006 by New York Times critics and is a Pulitzer Prize Winner.
These are just my picks. But what are your favorite Toni Morrison books?
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E-readers are all the rage now from the iPad to the Kindle and everything in between. In fact, Harris Interactive did a recent survey that found that 1 in 6 Americans now owns an e-reader. It’s not surprising since you can now download the newest novel delivered to you without leaving your couch. The downside is that if you are a voracious reader, like I am, purchasing all those e-books can get quite expensive. When I purchased my first e-reader, I racked up over $200 in e-books in less than 6 months. However, once I did my research, I realized that ebooks are often cheaper than physical books. Here are some tips to get your read on without breaking your pockets.
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(Huffington Post) — Amid the intense debates about how much progress the nation has made in raising student achievement and whether federal investments in education have produced results, one important trend tends to be overlooked — namely, the notable gains made by African American and Latino students in reading and math achievement since 1971. According to long-term trend data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the most credible national measure of changes in achievement over the past four decades, progress varies by age group for students overall.
Between the early 1970s and 2008, 9-year-olds have made sizable gains in both math and reading — increases of 24 points in math and 12 points in reading on the NAEP scale of 0-500. Thirteen-year-olds have made smaller, though still significant, gains of 15 points in math and 5 points in reading. For 17-year-olds, however, changes in achievement have been so small as to be insignificant — 2 points in math and 1 point in reading. But the record looks entirely different and much more positive when long-term NAEP trend data is broken out by racial/ethnic group. White, African American, and Latino students — the three racial/ethnic groups included in the long-term NAEP — have made greater achievement gains than the averages for students overall, in both reading and math and for all three tested age groups.
(Reuters) — The rapid rise of e-books could lead to a “reading divide” as those unable to afford the new technology are left behind, even as U.S. reading and writing skills decline still further. At particular threat are African-American communities where many students are already falling behind their majority peers in terms of literacy, said award-winning writer Marita Golden — and this despite the growing ranks of noted African-American writers, such as Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. ”My biggest concern is that the technology will continue to widen the gap,” she told Reuters. “It won’t just be the digital divide but also a reading divide if reading becomes an activity that’s now dependent on technology. ”If reading becomes dependent on technology that must be purchased, then I think we may see the literacy divide persist and even widen.”
After the holidays, forward thinking mesdames can find themselves in a holding pattern. We’re living through the last little bit of this year, but ready for the next one. Don’t let the final hours of 2010 become a stalemate before you start on your resolutions. Instead, make the best of it and wind down your year feeling good.