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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:45:22 GMT


"Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science" | Inc.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:13:26 GMT

Christina DesMarais. (March 15, 2018). "Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science (". Inc. ---Quote--- You're not doing yourself any favors if you're in the 26 percent of American adults who haven't read even part of a book within the last year. More than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the last year. That's according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you're part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels. ---End Quote---

Interview with Robert J. Sawyer

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:32:07 GMT ---Quote--- Robert J. Sawyer is one of the bestselling science fiction writers of his generation — and he’s from Toronto. He’s the most decorated such writer in the country — being the only Canadian to win the sci-fi trifecta: Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell awards. The Star spoke to him about his latest honour, the Order of Ontario, science vs. fiction and Mary Shelley. ... ---End Quote---

New electrowetting display

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:59:34 GMT

Just as the title

Amazon Book Store in DC

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:12:38 GMT

Checked out the new Amazon book store in Washington, DC today and it was very pleasant. Well arranged and a very friendly staff. And I briefed the manager and his assistant on the MobileRead site and they were very impressed with it and told me they’d make sure their Kindle customers were aware of it.

Japan - Only 32GB Kindle Paperwhite Announced.

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:54:01 GMT

It seems that Amazon Japan are launching a special version of the Paperwhite that has 32GB of storage. Apparently this is for use with (large) graphic novels. News from The Verge.

Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks (3/8/2018; Pew Research Center)

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:09:14 GMT

FYI... "Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks (" By Andrew Perrin (March 8, 2018) Pew Research Center Excerpt: ---Quote--- Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant increase in the share of Americans who read audiobooks, from 14% to 18%. ---End Quote---

CLEARink's products are expected to come to market in 2019

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 01:19:12 GMT

M Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital fund of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and CLEARink Displays announced today that M Ventures has made an investment in CLEARink’s C Round. CLEARink started its C Round of investment mid 2017 with a lead investment and co-investments by China based strategic investors involved in the electronic display industry. Following this, additional investments were received from strategic investors in the U.S. and Taiwan. This latest investment from M Ventures marks the end of the C Round. The C Round, which was oversubscribed, paves the way for the company to focus on bringing its first products to market. CLEARink has developed ePaper 2.0, the world’s first reflective display that will be color and video/internet capable. The company targets the education and wearable markets, where traditional display technologies aren’t a fit. The company has been seeing great traction in the education market, as concerns are growing about the lack of outdoor readability with traditional displays, forcing children to be educated in daylight deprived classrooms, and the detrimental impact of long-term exposure to backlights. CLEARink closed its 1st round in 2012 and a 2nd round in 2015. This 3rd round of financing was specifically targeted at strategic investors. The proceeds from this round are intended to take the company through the trial-manufacturing phase and to mass production. CLEARink is currently running manufacturing trials in Shenzhen, China. “We are delighted that M Ventures has decided to join our group of distinguished investors. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany had already been investing in our joint development since 2012 with a further development agreement signed in 2017[1], but the fact that they now took an equity stake in our company through their venture fund is a further endorsement of our success potential” said Frank Christiaens, CEO & Chairman, CLEARink Displays. Owen Lozman, Vice President, M Ventures, added, “We have found both the CLEARink team and the technology to be exceptional. Now that the technology nears maturity and first end products are expected to come to market in 2019, we are excited to announce this investment as part of our growing Performance Materials portfolio and to ensure that we continue to contribute to the success of this disruptive display technology.”