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Braigo: A Braille Printer Made From Legos June 18, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, product design, Reading / Literacy

   Braigo Shubham Banerjee is 12 years old and lives in Santa Clara, California. When someone left a flyer on his doorstep asking for donations for the visually impaired he began thinking of ways he could help. Once he found out that a Braille printer cost about $2000 and that about 90% of the visually impaired live in developing counties he went to work.  He went straight to his Lego’s and began building. After lots of experimenting and 7…

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Reading at Chipotle: Cultivating Thought at a fast food restaurant May 16, 2014 – Posted in: product design, Reading / Literacy

  McDonald’s has had it occasional kids book in a Happy Meal promotion but Chipotle is going all out with the introduction of a new author series, Cultivating Thought curated by Jonathan Safran Foer. The series of “two-minute reads” presents: the words and whimsy of thought-leaders, authors and comedians through unique, you’ll-only-find-them-here essays, each illustrated by a different artist. We’re hoping this will allow people to connect with the musings of these writers with whom…

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The Book Cops of Delaware May 12, 2014 – Posted in: Reading / Literacy

    Master Cpl. Gary Tabor of the Wilmington, Delaware police department had been in plenty of homes during his time in the major crimes unit and he realized there was at least one common denominator – the lack of books in the home. Then he heard about the correlation between books in the home and higher graduation rates from high school and the light went on and “The Book ‘Em Cops and Kids Literacy Initiative” was born.…

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Reading in the Mobile Era April 29, 2014 – Posted in: Books and Technology, infographics, Reading / Literacy

A student in Kenya with her library of e-books. photo by @NdilaiG Another highlight from this years World Book & Copyright Day was the release of Reading in the Mobile Era by UNESCO. Based on interviews and 4,000 completed surveys in seven developing countries  (Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe) this landmark report “paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why.” We learn that celluar networks reach over 95%…

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