A History of Reading

Six thousand years of the written word as explored by a great essayist

In 1996, essayist and editor Alberto Manguel produced a 22-chapter literary adventure solely exploring the act of reading. His passion for turning the pages was met with clever anecdotes and well-researched information, all uniting to form “A History of Reading,” a beloved book on the power of words. This non-fiction work traipses through time and space—from Greek carvings and Egyptian scrolls to our modern-day computer …

What We See When We Read

An interview with book cover artist Peter Mendelsund on how we uniquely visualize the written word

From nothing but an assembling of letters on a page—strung together into words and sentences—readers craft fragmented visions. This visualization can be powerful enough to illicit the strongest emotions and reactions, experiences in other worlds, deep love for characters. Reading is unlike any other experience, and whether or not we are aware, we see things when we read. Peter Mendelsund, one of the most acclaimed …

Nook HD and HD+

Two updated tablets focused on content consumption

Announced today, Barnes & Noble has updated the popular Nook tablet with HD and HD+ versions. Unlike competitors like the Kindle Fire or iPad, the new generation of Nooks are offered strictly as content consumption devices; while users can peruse books, music, magazines and movies, you won’t find a camera on the Nook HD or HD+, and that’s all part of the plan. The Nook …