BOOK RIOT
It’s the path of least resistance to reading, which is why even now that I’ve realized it, I haven’t been inclined to do anything about it. There hasn’t been any great and conscious rush back to physical books over digital. It just seems to have stopped being one-over-the-other all of a sudden. I’m happy to take books either way, which is a completely new experience.
from Accidentally Going Digital by Peter Damien

These three books are going to ruin your summer vacation. Here’s why.

Bringing a book as a traveling companion is to travel in two dimensions, simultaneously. On the one hand, I’m physically traveling, going from point A to point B. On the other hand, my mind is traveling too, but through a story.
Teen: I got kicked out of school. Again.

Jerry: Why do you think you keep getting kicked out?

Teen: Dunno. Everything mostly sucks. People suck. Life kind of sucks.

Jerry: Why did you get kicked out this time?

Teen: (shrugs) Grades, or something, I don’t know.

Jerry: Is it true that after you got kicked out, you were drinking, cavorting with older women, and you tried to hire a prostitute?

Audience: (gasps)

Teen: Yeah. They serve me at bars. I think it’s on account of my gray hair.

What if literary classics were reimagined as episodes of Jerry Springer? Could you guess these books from what they’d look like on Jerry? Give it a shot.

Teen: I got kicked out of school. Again.

Jerry: Why do you think you keep getting kicked out?

Teen: Dunno. Everything mostly sucks. People suck. Life kind of sucks.

Jerry: Why did you get kicked out this time?

Teen: (shrugs) Grades, or something, I don’t know.

Jerry: Is it true that after you got kicked out, you were drinking, cavorting with older women, and you tried to hire a prostitute?

Audience: (gasps)

Teen: Yeah. They serve me at bars. I think it’s on account of my gray hair.

What if literary classics were reimagined as episodes of Jerry Springer? Could you guess these books from what they’d look like on Jerry? Give it a shot.

Don’t miss the latest episode of the Book Riot Podcast!

Hello, MOCKINGJAY teaser trailer!

Which of these books about smart people should you buy, borrow, or bypass? Bonus: which is best on audio? We’ve got the verdict.

Critical Linking: July 28, 2014
Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

The average person spends about 30 minutes in the bathroom every day, and according to a recent survey, 75% of Americans are using their cell phones in the bathroom, whether they are reading an email, text, or using an app. Additionally, 24% admitted that they will not go to the bathroom without it. So what exactly is everyone reading these days? Check out our awesome infographic about bathroom reading and see for yourself!

Craziest stat on this infographic about toilet reading: 86% of men say the toilet is the place they do most of their reading. This…*lowers sunglasses* bowled me over.

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TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services.

Will an algorithm ever compete with human book recommendations? I doubt it.

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The Department of Labor, begrudgingly founded by William Howard Taft on the last day of his presidency, turned 100 last year and celebrated by compiling a reading list of “Books That Shaped Work in America.” Among the books recommended by journalists, authors, employees of the DOL (including the current Secretary of Labor,Thomas Perez) and regular readers isHerman Melville’s classic novella of not laboring, Bartleby the Scrivener

Makes me want to make a list of classic texts about not-working, perhaps The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, and The Great Gatsby.

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We’re hitting the streets of Seattle in this week’s edition of Literary Tourism. Here’s how to travel the Emerald City bookish style.

We’re hitting the streets of Seattle in this week’s edition of Literary Tourism. Here’s how to travel the Emerald City bookish style.