More than 1.8 million teens are reading books by text messages thanks to this startup | Washington Post  #SMS #texting #reading #books #youth #YA #mobile #storytelling #teens


OK, it’s not exactly Dickens. But how about a great story delivered to you by text message? That’s the idea hatched by Prerna Gupta and Parag Chordia. The two entrepreneurs launched their company, Telepathic, a year ago with an application called Hooked after raising $1.9 million from investors that included numerous venture capital firms and Lean Startup author Eric Rie… And the kids, they do love it. READ MORE: More than 1.8 million teens are reading books by text messages thanks to this start-up | The Washington Post

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10 Subscription Boxes for Librarians | CCGC in Libraries


I absolutely love subscription boxes. They’re like Christmas every month, and if you choose a good one, you’ll always be excited to see that box on your doorstep. In this post, I’ll be looking at 10 that would make great gifts for librarians.

READ MORE: 10 Subscription Boxes for Librarians | CCGC in Libraries

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | Pew Research Center


Read the summary here: Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Complete Report PDF

What Teens, Screens and Digitally Divided Attention Spans Mean for Learning [Infographic] | The LAMP


What Teens, Screens and Digitally Divided Attention Spans Mean for Learning

What Teens, Screens and Digitally Divided Attention Spans Mean for Learning [Infographic] | The LAMP

9 Things You Need To Know About Teens, Technology & Online Privacy | Pew Research


Amanda Lenhart presented nine major themes from the Project’s five-report series on Teens and Online Privacy. In a talk delivered to the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference on November 7th, Amanda examined youth’s social media diversification and sharing practices, privacy choices, and the ways that youth concepts of privacy differ from adults.

News: Books & Publishing, Music & Film


Books & Publishing

‘City on Fire,’ a Debut Novel, Fetches Nearly $2 Million | TNYT
Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch” has 771 pages. “The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, is 834 pages long. And then there is “City on Fire,” the 900-page debut novel that took the publishing industry by storm last week. It was even more evidence that the long novel is experiencing a resurgence, as a dozen publishers competed for the rights to release the book, set in New York City in the 1970s.

Music & Film

Hey MPAA, Why Are PG-13 Movies More Violent Than R-Rated Ones? | Flavorwire
A new study from the Annenberg Public Policy Center finds something more disturbing: though initial PG-13 films contained about as much gun violence as G or PG-rated pictures, “since 2009, PG-13-rated films have contained as much or more violence as R-rated films” (emphasis mine). And hey, funny story, that rise matches gun violence off-screen too.

5 sites teens flock to instead of Facebook | MarketWatch


Reviews Snapchat, Pheed, PicsArt, Tumblr, and Vine. Read: 5 sites teens flock to instead of Facebook | MarketWatch

You may also like: Snapchat Ceo Evan Spiegel Talks Sexts And Growth | AP

What is the best YA novel of all time? Round one | PopWatch | EW.com


Check out EW’s bracket game to vote on the best young adult novel of all time.

We’re pitting 64 young adult books against each other in a March-Madness style game to determine which you think is the best of all time. Check out the full bracket and vote!

Vote: What is the best YA novel of all time? Round one | PopWatch | EW.com.

Also see: EW asks: What’s the best YA novel of all time?

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Penguin Canada to release YA novel based on life of Lucy Maud Montgomery | Quill & Quire


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A newly announced YA novel, based on the life of Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, has the support of the beloved author’s family.

In a press release, Penguin Canada’s Lynne Missen, publishing director of the young readers’ group, says, “The idea for this book came up at a lunch with representatives of the heirs of L.M. Montgomery and we were all immediately smitten.”

Scheduled for release in 2015 under the Razorbill Canada imprint, the novel will be written by debut author Melanie J. Fishbane, who holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. The story will focus on Montgomery’s life from age 14 to 18, including her time as a student in Cavendish, PEI, to her year living with her her father and “difficult stepmother” in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

“My family is excited to be involved with another innovative literary project with Penguin Canada on the subject of my grandmother, L.M. Montgomery,” says Kate MacDonald-Butler. “Only a young adult novel could envision the dizzying romantic highs and the agonizing lows of finding one’s place in the world. We are looking forward to the creative talents of Melanie Fishbane in bringing the teenaged Maud to life for a new generation of readers.”

via Penguin Canada to release YA novel based on life of Lucy Maud Montgomery | Quill & Quire.

Facebook Lowers Age Rule to Allow Teens to Post Publicly | Mashable


Facebook is giving its teenage users a public voice on the platform. For the first time, beginning Wednesday, users between the ages of 13 and 17 will be able to post publicly and obtain followers of their profiles.

Previously, teens using Facebook were only able to share content with friends, friends of friends and custom groups like “family.” Now, they can choose to share posts to anyone on Facebook, just like users 18 and older.

via Facebook Lowers Age Rule to Allow Teens to Post Publicly | Mashable.