Round up #259: read to your kids, Prince of Tides
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
KDD: Prince of Tides
One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) is
Very successful and made into a movie, this is a good one for your guest Kindle, or just for a read for you. :) It’s almost thirty years old at this point: I’m sure some people wonder why a “classic” like this isn’t available legally free on line. ;)
Supreme Court rules against Aereo
According to this
and other sources (I have the TV on in the other room while I write this, so I can listen to CNN), the Supreme Court has just ruled against “rebroadcaster” Aereo.
This is a copyright issue at heart, and I think a lot of people generally expect those to go in the direction of more access in the future…but this one didn’t.
For example, my guess is that it is legal to digitize a p-book (paperbook) you own to turn in into a digital file for your own use (sort of like using a DVR to record a broadcast program), but to my knowledge, that has not been established. I’ve been thinking that it will be solidly established at some point, and nobody is hunting anybody down at this point, but it hasn’t happened yet.
This is a bit different, though, because Aereo is a commercial enterprise.
Aereo uses antennae to pick up over the air signals, and then stream them to subscribers.
They argued that they were an antennae company, not a streaming company…at least, that’s my understanding. Picking up the signals by antenna is legal, of course: it’s the way they got to consumers that was in question.
This could impact literary content, at some point, as hardware becomes more capable of digitizing things. That ability will be one of things I test early on my Amazon Fire Phone (at AmazonSmile)…on something in the public domain.
13 single issues of magazines, $0.99 each
I do read magazines on my
both from the Kindle store, and from Zinio.
I often mention the roughly ten thousand paperbooks I have on shelves in our home…but I also have quite a few old magazines.
Many years ago, there was a store going out of business (I think) in my town, and I bought a wooden magazine shelf…I think I paid $5 for it.
I’m sure we’ve paid more than that in gas hauling it around when we’ve moved over the years. ;)
It’s about a person tall and a couple of people wide, and has a lot of horizontal slots…you can put maybe ten issues of a magazine in one, and still see the top one to see what title it is.
My intuition, though, is that some people haven’t even tried magazines on their Kindle Fires.
One reason for that is that the experience on a non-Fire Kindle just didn’t approach that of paper.
For me, the Fire’s experience of reading a glossy magazine often exceeds paper.
Yes, one reason is the “digital extras” you may get. I’ve been an
for a very long time. I’m not usually big on watching the trailers they include, but I do listen to song samples sometimes. They also may include a video interview, and that can be quite an enhancement.
Pictures look great, and while not all magazines give you the text + pictures mode of
I’ve been able to zoom photos and have used that to show off the Fire’s screen. On the HDX, you can triple tap pretty much any screen (not videos) to magnify it, then use two fingers together to drag it around.
Why don’t more people read magazines on their Fires?
While you can get a 14-day free trial (or thirty day, in some cases), those renew automatically…and I think it concerns people. A year-long subscription is a lot more than most people pay for an e-book.
Amazon is having a
for one week only.
I’ve bought a couple of single issues of magazines and newspapers from the Kindle store over the years. There was something specific in them that I wanted, but I didn’t really want a subscription.
Well, if you want to try out reading a magazine without worrying about a renewal, you may want to get one of these during the sale:
- Eating Well
- Do it Yourself
- Family Circle
- Better Homes and Gardens
- Every Day with Rachel Ray
- Traditional Home
- Midwest Living
- Wood – by Better Homes & Gardens (um…it may be a good thing they included the subtitle…) ;)
Michael Hart, The Grandfather of E-Books
This is a nice
about Michael Hart, who created Project Gutenberg…which is the reason we have so many free classics legally available to us today.
The article also talks about e-books generally.
I recommend it, although you may need to sign-up to be able to read the whole thing.
AAP recommends reading to your child
I used to work for The American Academy of Pediatrics, so I should mention that first.
According to this
the AAP is specifically recommending reading to children, even infants, every day.
Not every adult serious reader was read to as a child, but many of us were…and I do think it matters.
They are talking about linguistic development for one thing. Let me give you some of my thoughts on that part of it.
When we read we use many words we might not otherwise use…it’s why so many of us appear to be British when we write, when we may never have been there. ;)
Also, when we read to a child, we are speaking steadily for a period of time. The focus is on words: the words on the page for us, but the words in our mouths for the child. How many people have a “conversation” with a pre-verbal child that lasts as long as
With older children, you are really modeling the act of reading, in addition to other positive elements. When you see the adults in your life reading as, say, a five-year old, you want to read, too. One great thing is that when kids are trying to establish themselves as separate from their intellectual guardians, I don’t think they tend to do that by becoming non-readers…they just read different things. Once you are a reader, you tend to stay a reader, I believe. Reading is like interacting with another person…just time delayed. ;) Not very many people stop talking to other people…
What do you think? Is digitizing a book for your own use legal? Do you read magazines on a tablet…or perhaps on an non-Fire Kindle? Do you haul old issues of magazines around with you from house to house…and if so, do you ever pull them out and read them again (I do)? Were you the first serious reader in your family? If so, what got you started? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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