Reading ebooks before it was cool

Reading ebooks before it was cool – a design by Piotr Kowalczyk

Ebooks are now an inseparable part of the reading experience, together with print books, audiobooks, and enhanced books of all kinds.

It was not always like that. For a long time, many book lovers were afraid that ebooks would replace print books.

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The beauty of Jane Austen’s handwriting

Jane Austen’s letter to Cassandra / Image: The British Library

In times of ugly memes shared on Twitter by Eon Musk, I need more than ever before the authentic look of handwriting and the feel of a used textured paper.

Among online collections curated by The British Library, you can find a wonderful example of the personality transferred to the paper. It’s Jane Austen’s letter to her sister Cassandra, written in April 1811.

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Read books before robots do (pics)

Adorable robots reading books – images created by DALL•E artbot

Bots who follow me on social media know it very well: I’m a little nuts about getting people to read more books.

Here is my next attempt. Some time ago, I came up with a simple line, “read books before robots do”. Now, deliberately and sarcastically, I exploit robots to help me accomplish the task.

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Report: global ebook market to be worth $32 billion in 2032

A woman reading an ebook / Image: Freepik

I just got an email from Persistence Market Research, with highlights from the report on global ebook market perspectives.

According to the report, ebook sales are expected to grow at an annual rate of 4.9% between 2022 and 2032.

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The masterpieces of Russian literature with main characters killed in the war

One day, I asked myself a question: How would the famous Russian novels be if the main characters were missing?

What would Anna Karenina have been, if Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky had been killed in the first part?

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Has ChatGPT really passed an MBA exam?

Since the report from the Wharton Business School researchers was released, many posts on social media, for instance this one, claim it has.

I decided to find the answer at the source, and congratulated ChatGPT. Here is the answer:

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A new set of inspiring book and library quotes

Book and library quotes / Design by Piotr Kowalczyk

I don’t know how about you, but I’m never enough of inspiring quotes about books, libraries, and reading.

The thing is that I am just fed up with thousands of quotes that are shown in an infantile font face against a flat color background.

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Mystery solved: the photo of a woman with a giant book is real!

An archivist with a giant manuscript at the Clementinum, Prague / Photo: Miroslav Peterka, 1958
An archivist with a giant manuscript at the Clementinum, Prague / Photo: Miroslav Peterka, 1958

The internet is a temple of one-time excitements, but I have just solved the 2013 photo mystery, so I’m going to share it with you.

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A reading challenge list, created by artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence / Photo: Freepik

As you may know, we use AI tools to come up with blog post ideas, summarize and simplify complex source articles, or rewrite sentences.

Artificial intelligence is especially helpful in creating all kinds of lists. I asked OpenAI playground tool to “create a reading challenge list.”

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Reading challenge 52, 3, 1000, or 77?

The most popular reading challenge is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. It’s a year-long challenge, but most readers begin it in January, making it one of the most important New Year resolutions.

Would you modify the reading challenge to better suit your needs and personality? Should it always be a year?

What about a week, month, season, or lifetime? What about pages, not books? What about reading speed?

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