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Medieval Book Historian Erik Kwakkel Discovers and Catalogs 800-Year-Old Doodles in Some of the World’s Oldest Books | Colossal

<p>For the past few years, medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel has been poring over some of the world’s oldest books and manuscripts at Leiden …

Annotation And Document Management App LiquidText Releases New Features For IPad

LiquidText, the annotation and document reader app developer for iOS (and a critical darling that has been one of Apple’s selected apps in its store nearly since its launch), has launched a new version with features for the new iPad Pro.<p>There are new features for navigating through documents that …

Google’s map making & annotating tool gets a redesigned Android app

My Maps is a handy tool that allows users to label and makes notes on top of Google Maps. Users can access their annotated maps from the full Maps app, but need to go to the My Maps website or use the mobile app to make edits. Today, the Android My Maps app has been redesigned in its first update …

Will 2016 Be the Year of the Quirky Annotated Menu? All Signs Points to YES

Restaurateurs still love putting cutesy drawings of farm animals (especially pigs) and vegetables (especially artichokes) on menus (see here, here, here, and here). But now it looks like a new quirky menu design trend is starting to take hold: weird annotations. Nishi came out of the gate with a …

There’s Now a Script to Block Genius from Annotating Your Website

After people complained that News Genius could be a vector for harassment, Vijith Assar wrote a tool that would block it.<p>News Genius lets anyone add annotations to anything on the web. It's an interesting tool with some potentially powerful applications—but it's also adding a comments section on …

Evernote update brings scanning and annotating

Everyone’s favorite all-purpose notekeeper, scheduler, and link saver just got a pretty substantial update that is bringing us some pretty stellar features. This update affects many parts of Evernote including the in-app camera, its LinkedIn interactivity, and the basic note editor. Let’s dive …

The Curse of Reading and Forgetting

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she had been rereading Richard Hughes’s “A High Wind in Jamaica,” which was first published in 1929 and is about a group of creepy little kids who become the unwanted wards of sad, listless pirates. She praised it, and her recommendation sent me to Amazon. The …

Put A Brake On Speed Reading: 5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader

Advertisement<p>The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there’s been an explosion of speed-reading apps Start Speed Reading in Five …

Readability Launches Top Reads, An Online Magazine Aggregating The Platform’s Most-Read Content

Reading app Readability once butted heads with Apple on subscription rules, but more recently its friction points have been in competition with apps like Instapaper, Pocket, Pulse, and Flipboard, who all present consumers with ways of aggregating and making it easier to read the vast sea of content …

This Startup Wants To Revolutionize The Way We Read Stuff Online

Waldman is a serial entrepreneur who teamed up with consultant Maik Maurer to create a product that enables the fastest delivery system for content in an age where we consume so much on tiny-screen phones.<p>"We were looking for something that would evoke a spray of words," Waldman told Business …

Tech in China 2013: Chinese Online Reading Industry Undergone Major Shakeup

<i>In March, founder and core team of Qidian, an online original literature platform under Shanda’s Cloudary, engineered an exodus from Shanda.</i><p><i>The team</i> …

Find a great e-book to read online with these sites

If you're an avid reader, and you don't want to pick up a Kindle or a book from your local library, several Web sites let you read while you're surfing the Web.<p>Admittedly, the experience is less than ideal. Those of us who already spend time staring at a computer screen for work don't necessarily …

Books

Actually, online skimming probably hasn’t affected serious reading after all

A popular Washington Post article by my colleague Michael S. Rosenwald said that researchers were finding that the habit of scanning and skinning material online was changing the human brain and hindering people’s” ability to read long, complex and dense material. Cognitive scientist Daniel …

These Photoshop Manipulations of Common Animals And Outdoor Scenes Are Fantastic

Often in photography, people concern themselves with realism and accurate portrayals of scenes and there is obviously a big place for that. But …

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to.<p>“I give it a few seconds — not even …

12 Ways to Improve Your Digital Landscape Photography

<i>Number One:</i> If you have read any of my previous photography guides then you probably know that I strongly recommend shooting in RAW format. Why is …

Landscape Photography

14 Tips for Quick and Effective Travel Photography

If you are a serious photographer, you are reflecting each and every shot. You are planning it. You are studying the subject from every possible …

Dakar Rally 2014: week two – in pictures

Over huge sand dunes and barren landscapes, the second week of this year's Dakar Rally in South America has pushed the competitors and their vehicles to the limits. Here, we round up the best images from the journey to the finish-line in Valparaíso in Chile

Royal Horticultural Society photographic competition 2013 – the winning pictures

The annual RHS photography competition attracts stunning images of flora and fauna – here are some of the winning pictures from 2013, from a shy mole to a starling in the fog and some towering foxgloves

Night visions: Darren Almond's full-moon landscapes

At least two guiding spirits hover around To Leave a Light Impression, the new show by British artist Darren Almond at White Cube, Bermondsey. The most obvious is Charles Darwin, in whose footsteps Almond followed to make several of his images. The other is the lesser-known Scottish nature writer, …