MIT uses #radiation to read closed books | engadget #books #tech #imaging #manuscripts #archives


There are some books that are simply too delicate to crack open — the last thing you want to do is destroy an ornate medieval Bible simply because you’re curious about its contents. If MIT has its way, though, you won’t have to stay away. Its scientists have crafted a computational imaging system that can read the individual pages of a book while it’s closed. Their technology scans a book using terahertz radiation, and relies on the tiny, 20-micrometer air gaps between pages to identify and scan those pages one by one. A letter interpretation algorithm (of the sort that can defeat captchas) helps make sense of any distorted or incomplete text. READ MORE: MIT uses radiation to read closed books | engadget

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Singapore now has vending machines that sell books | Mashable #books #booksellers #vending


SINGAPORE — Bookworms rejoice! BooksActually, a local independent bookstore known for its fiction and literature curations, has unveiled book vending machines at high traffic spots in Singapore. READ: Singapore now has vending machines that sell books | Mashable

100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online Thanks to the Getty Research Portal | Open Culture #art #history


100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online Thanks to the Getty Research Portal | Open Culture

100 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Bookstores | BookRiot #books  #reading #libraries #bookstores #lists


Here’s a list of 100 (!) books about libraries and bookstores, including fiction and history. READ MORE: 100 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Bookstores | BookRiot

Attention, Readers: ‘Rotten Tomatoes For Books’ Is Here | HuffPo #books #reading #recommendations #reviews


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Literary Hub, a site dedicated to book news, essays and excerpts, has launched Book Marks, which they call a “Rotten Tomatoes for books,” aggregating professional critics’ takes on new literary novels and assigning them a letter grade. READ MORE: Attention, Readers: ‘Rotten Tomatoes For Books’ Is Here | Huffington Post

Here’s What A Robot Learned After Binge-Reading Romance Novels | HuffPost #AI #textmining #books #tech #machinelearning


Earlier this month Google’s software engineer Andrew Dai explained to BuzzFeed News that the genre’s formulaic approach to storytelling makes it ideal for machine learning. They hit a sweet spot between the labyrinthine, meandering sentences found in literary fiction, and the less elevated language used in kids’ books.

And in a heartrending plot twist: the experiment worked. The hairy details were released last week, but in short, the AI successfully connected lines of text to related phrases based on frequently connected words and phrases used in romance novels. READ MORE: Here’s What A Robot Learned After Binge-Reading Romance Novels | HuffPost

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100 Must-Read Books about #Books | BookRiot #reading #fiction #nonfiction #recommendations #bibliophiles


When you’re a true-blue “book person,” you love everything about books: The way they smell. The way the pages feel. The weight they add to your bag. The way they look on your shelf. (Do I sound like a book stalker? Guilty.) It’s only natural, then, that bibliophiles love reading books about books. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, this list of one hundred bookish books is for you: READ THE LIST: 100 Must-Read Books about Books | BookRiot

Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy is missing from the list – one of my favs!

There are additional lists posted at GoodReads:

Don’t panic! ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ tech jumps off page into reality | CNET #books #tech #scifi #libraryfun #culture


As Douglas Adams fans the world over celebrate Towel Day, it’s become clear that once-futuristic items from the author’s beloved book series are now part of our everyday lives. READ MORE: Don’t panic! ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide’ tech jumps off the page into reality – CNET

Summer Reading 2016 List of Book Lists #books #reading #summer2016 #recommendations


Girl ReadingFor those fortunate enough to have vacation time, it’s the time of year when we look forward to lazy days reading the summer’s best reads. Authors, bloggers, publishers and media organizations post all kinds of recommended summer reading lists. Below I have compiled a meta list of summer 2016 reading recommendations. My TBR list includes You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott and Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford. What books are you inspired to read this summer? (Bookmark this post as I will be updating periodically.)

Popular

Book Clubs

Romance

Thrillers

Young Adult

Kids

Non-Fiction

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Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once | Open Culture #books #literacy


Brazil’s Ticket Books, which are exactly what they sound like—books that work as subway tickets, designed with the minimalist care that major transit systems do so well. L&PM gave away 10,000 books for free at subway stations across São Paulo. Each book came with ten free trips. Riders could then recharge them and use the books again or pass them on to others to encourage more reading, an important public service given that Brazilians only read two books per year on average. READ MORE: Brazil Gives Out Books That Double as Subway Tickets, Promoting Literacy & Mass Transit at Once | Open Culture