Oct 10, 2015

Random Articles - RAW 151010



This week, the Men, Children and reading.  It sounds like 'screens' are pulling us away from the enjoyment of reading.  Enjoy my selection of articles this weekend with your favourite beverage.  I'm currently making some Moroccan Mint ice tea to enjoy over the coming week.

Enjoy!

  • How to Raise Boys Who Read
  • Five reasons why dads should read to their children more
  • The 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Die, According to Amazon
  • World’s oldest literary work gets an addendum
  • Publisher Net Revenue from Book Sales Declines 4.1% in First Half of 2015



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How to Raise Boys Who Read


wsj.com - Hint: Not with gross-out books and video-game bribes.  When I was a young boy, America's elite schools and universities were almost entirely reserved for males. That seems incredible now, in an era when headlines suggest that boys are largely unfit for the classroom. In particular, they can't read. Read more....



Five reasons why dads should read to their children more


telegraph.co.uk - De-stressing, vocabulary boosting and experiencing emotional highs – and that’s just what dads get out of reading to their kids. Rob Kemp reveals the benefits of bedtime stories. Read more....




The 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Die, According to Amazon


io9.com - Assembling the list of the most essential science fiction and fantasy books is a huge undertaking, but Amazon has tackled it. And their list is not bad. Good mix of old and new, and enough different types of book to please almost anybody. Read more....



Gilgamesh statue at Sydney University
 (Samantha/Flickr/Creative Commons)

World’s oldest literary work gets an addendum


teleread.com - The Epic of Gilgamesh is usually styled the world’s oldest great work of literature. an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia. The epic poem dates from around 2100 BC, and only around two thirds of its known length have survived. Now the History Blog has shared academic findings on the discovery of twenty new lines from the epic, thanks to a new tablet probably looted from Iraq. Read more....



Publisher Net Revenue from Book Sales Declines 4.1% in First Half of 2015


digitalbookworld.com - Publishers’ book sales for the first half of the year (Jan. – June 2015) were down 4.1% at $5.58 billion compared to $5.82 billion for the first six months in 2014. These numbers include sales for all tracked categories (Trade – fiction/non-fiction/religious, K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses). Publishers net revenue is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes sales data from more than 1,200 publishers.  Read more....


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