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Boustrophedon ( /ˌbaʊstrɵˈfiːdən/ or /ˌbuːstroʊˈfiːdən/; from Greek βουστροφηδόν, boustrophēdon “ox-turning” from βοῦς, bous, “ox” and στροφή, strophē, “turn”; that is, turning like oxen in ploughing), is a kind of bi-directional text,
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The company says its new model has seven times more memory, enabling it to hold up to 1,500 titles. The increased storage capacity brings Kindle closer to the idea of being an iPod for books. Amazon also announced plans to make all books available for download in electronic form. ... Our vision is every book, ever printed in any language, all available in less than 60 seconds.

2009-02-09

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A book registered on BookCrossing is ready for adventure. Leave it on a park bench, a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. Share it with a friend or tuck it onto a bookshelf at the gym -- anywhere it might find a new reader! What happens next is up to fate, and we never know where our books might travel. Track the book's journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person...
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Nearly half of all men and one-third of women have lied about what they have read to try to impress friends or potential partners, a survey suggests.

2008-12-11

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It may not be enough room for Shakespearean verse, or Harry Potter's magic, but one bitesize novel is reaching a new audience. Teenagers in South Africa have been downloading an m-novel - a specially-created story written just for mobile phones...

2009-10-28

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Children who regularly use the abbreviated language of text messages are actually improving their ability to spell correctly, research suggests.

2010-01-20

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Shelfari is the premier social network for people who love books. Create a virtual shelf to show off your books, see what your friends are reading and discover new books - all for free!
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The Royal Spanish Academy has invited people around the world to record short chunks of the classic novel Don Quixote and upload them to YouTube.

2010-09-30

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A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.

2010-11-03

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Oxford University is asking for help deciphering ancient Greek texts written on fragments of papyrus found in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of images have gone on display on a website which encourages armchair archaeologists to help catalogue and translate them. Researchers hope the collective effort will give them a unique insight into life in Egypt nearly 2,000 years ago.

2011-07-26

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Fewer than 50% of UK children aged eight to 17 read a novel outside class every month, research suggests. The National Literacy Trust survey of about 18,000 school children suggests youngsters are more likely to read text messages and emails than fiction. Most children (28.9%) estimated they had between 11 and 50 books in their homes. But one in six said they rarely read outside the classroom.

2011-08-22

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Baboons can recognise four-letter words on a computer screen, according to scientists in France.

2012-04-12

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