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Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


U.S. Book Sales Up!

U.S. Book Business Generated Over $27 Billion in Net Revenue Last Year
The U.S. book and journal publishing industry created $27.98 billion in net revenue in 2014, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP)?€?s annual StatShot. Revenues were up 4.6 percent as compared to 2013, in which annual revenues were $26.75 billion. (GalleyCat)

Total units increased 3.7 percent, hitting 2.70 billion; units in the trade category rose 4.1 percent, to 2.42 billion. The AAP includes religion publishing in the trade category, along with adult and children?€?s sales. The estimate for the entire industry is based on actual sales supplied by about 1,800 U.S. publishers for both 2013 and 2014, which the AAP then augments by using a variety of sources to estimate sales for publishers that do not report data. (Publishers Weekly)


Book Sales of All Types Down

Book Sales Down 7.5 Percent in First 2 Months of the Year: Book sales were down 7.5 percent for the year as of February 2015 reaching $1.71 billion as compared to $1.85 billion for the same two-month period in 2014, according to new metrics shared by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). (Source: GalleyCat)Within adult trade, sales of hardcovers fell 23.6 percent, mass market paperback sales dropped 31.2 percent, and e-book sales declined 8.7 percent. Sales of trade paperbacks rose 12.8 percent, and sales of audio rose in both physical and downloadable formats. In the children/young adult segment, sales fell by double-digits in all formats with the biggest decline coming in e-book sales which dropped 46.5 percent. Hardcover sales fell 32.4 percent, while sales of paperbacks and board books fell 26.9 percent and 12.2 percent, respectively. (Publishers Weekly)

Go buy a book today.


“A Book That Shaped Me” Library of Congress Essay Contest

“A Book That Shaped Me” Essay Contest: The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is “I cannot live without books,” a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2015 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10, 2015.

More information available at this link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-080.html



A Singapore Reading Party

A fun thing to do when traveling is to take along a book set in the destination city or country. If the trip is of a long duration, family and close friends might also read the same or similar book. The book becomes a connecting object, something you can discuss with kids over nightly Skype sessions or phone calls. Goodreads is the first place I click to for book ideas, user recommendations and book reviews. Once, the book club I belonged to read a book set in Revolutionary War Camden, South Carolina while I worked there onsite. I could visit places in Camden reflected in the book and take pictures to upload during our regular meeting times. It helped to not feel so far away for me and helped provide a richer texture for my reading club. Consider also, an Audible download since lots of business road trips are easier with a book to listen while driving.

With that in mind, here is my reading list for an upcoming trip to Singapore.*

The Singapore Wink, by Ross Thomas, winner of the inaugural Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award. Ross Thomas (1926–1995) was a prolific author whose political thrillers drew praise for their blend of wit and suspense. Born in Oklahoma City, Thomas grew up during the Great Depression, and served in the Philippines during World War II. In The Singapore Wink (available as a free download for Kindle unlimited subscribers), Edward Cauthorne is part owner of a business that rehabilitates and sells vintage cars. He used to be a Hollywood stuntman with an enviable reputation but he lost his nerve and quit working. One day, not much different than any other, Cauthorne is approached in his downtown Los Angeles office by a couple of oldtime hoods who inform him that a highly placed consigliere in Washington, D.C. has an important assignment for him. An assignment that will require his traveling to Singapore, the very place Cauthorne and his nerve parted company.


The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg, a professor of English and creative writing at Binghamton University, in upstate New York and prolific author of more than 30 books. In The Moonlight Palace, Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British. Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery and loyalty in the most unexpected places.


If non-fiction is preferred, then the life of Lee Kuan Yew makes for fascinating reading. Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going details the life of Singapore’s longest serving prime minister on how he makes important decisions that have to be made. Presented as a transcript of 32 hours of interviews, Hard Truths to Keep Going covers the terrain of the past and contemplates the expanse of the future for Singapore that Lee Kuan Yew and his generation built on the hopes of a people. Based on 32 hours of interviews at the Istana, along with 64 pages of photographs and a dvd insert, the book features Lee in full flow, combative, thought-provoking controversial.

For business and trade interests, consider From Third World to First: Singapore and the Asian Economic Boom, by Lee Kuan Yew, with an introduction by Henry Kissinger. Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world’s number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world’s fourth–highest per capita real income?


If delicious cuisine is your preference then Cradle of Flavor, Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia is an appetizer to sink your teeth into.  I bought this one for the cover alone! James Oseland spent two decades exploring the foods of the Spice Islands. He introduces the birthplace of spice and brings the Nyonya dishes of Singapore and Malaysia, the fiery specialties of West Sumatra, and the spicy-aromatic stews of Java. Oseland culled his recipes from twenty years of intimate contact with home cooks and diverse markets.


There is a distinctive architecture to Singapore and Singapore Shophouses by Julian Davison and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni traces its development from rudimentary shophouse through various incarnations of decorative style Neoclassical, Chinese Baroque, Jubilee-style, Edwardian, Rococo, Tropical Modern all the while commenting on the various influences that fueled its evolution.


Back to fiction: set in Singapore: Singapore Noir by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a native of Singapore and a former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal. Tan’s work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Singapore Noir is actually a collection of 14 stories and 14 points of view about the darker side of life in Singapore with murder, betrayal, and mystery. 


The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell . Set in Singapore, 1939: life on the eve of World War II just isn’t what it used to be for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore’s oldest and most powerful firm. No matter how forcefully the police break one strike, the natives go on strike somewhere else. His daughter keeps entangling herself with the most unsuitable beaus, while her intended match, the son of Blackett’s partner, is an idealistic sympathizer with the League of Nations and a vegetarian. Business may be booming—what with the war in Europe, the Allies are desperate for rubber and helpless to resist Blackett’s price-fixing and market manipulation.

Have a book title to share? Please add your title in the comments.

*all links point to Amazon but these books are certainly available through other online and brick and mortar booksellers


Innovation Reading List~Update

Here is an update to my previous post on worthy books addressing the subject of Innovation.These updates reflect the books choices of my fellow doctoral students.

All of these books have been added to my Innovation Book List on Amazon.

Amazon Innovation Book List



The Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen (my book choice, see this link for posts)

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Innovation Engine by Tina Seelig

ON Innovation by Terry Jones

Design, Make, Play: Next Generation of Science Innovators by Margaret Honey and David Kanter

The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out by Clay Christensen

Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology: Individuals, Institutions, and Innovations by Andrew Robinson

Digital Storytelling: A creator’s guide to interactive entertainment by Carolyn Handler Miller

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David & Tom Kelley

Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson

Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever by Vicki Davis

The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good by Stephen Goldsmith, Gigi Georges

The Leader’s Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills: Unlocking the Creativity and Innovation in You and Your Team by Paul Sloane

The Maker Movement Manifesto by Mark Hatch

Change by Design by Tim Brown (our entire class read this one)


To Kill A Mockingbird Turns 54 today

Happy Birthday #54 to the Pulitzer prize winning novel,  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee published on this day in 1960.

To Kill A Mockingbird Book Cover


Garrison Keillor assessed the impact of To Kill A Mockingbird, “The novel has sold more than 30 million copies since it was published, and has been translated into 40 languages. In 1999, librarians named it their favorite 20th-century novel. It was also one of the most frequently challenged or banned books of the 20th century.”

To Kill A Mockingbird is finally available in eBook form.
After years of holding out, author Harper Lee agreed to the book’s digital publication back in April. The e-book and a new audio book narrated by Sissy Spacek (can you say, “perfect choice”?) Amazon is selling the title for $3.99 in the Kindle Store. Barnes & Noble has it for $8.99 in the Nook Store. Apple has the iBook available for $4.99. Source: GalleyCat



Proof that Libraries are Vital, even on the back of donkeys

A true example of altruism:

Colombian grade-school teacher Luis Soriano spends his weekends bringing books, via two hard-working donkeys, to the children in villages of Magdalena Province. Delivering books since the late 1990s, Soriano’s children help him pack a rotating selection of books.       The donkey’s names are Alfa and Beto. Source Link: http://www.pbs.org/pov/biblioburro/


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No April Fools~Amazon to buy GoodReads

Amazon to Buy Goodreads (GalleyCat) Amazon has just revealed that they will acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers which was also a TechBFF on this blog way back in 2010. The online retailer did not share the terms of the deal and expects to finalize the acquisition by the second quarter of 2013. Publisher’s Weekly writes, “The purchase comes amid mounting rumors that Goodreads, which CEO Otis Chandler launched in 2007, might start selling books directly from its site.” paidContent explains, “In an interview Thursday, Chandler and Amazon’s VP of Kindle content Russ Grandinetti stressed that Goodreads will not change for the worse following its acquisition by Amazon.” AppNewser reports, “Twitter users are already lamenting the news.” TechCrunch predicts, “This type of social integration could give Amazon a major advantage over e-sellers like Apple, who have no social components to their product whatsoever. With people actually discussing and sharing the books that they’re into, having an Amazon direct connect makes complete sense. The site can offer special deals to Goodreads users, which in essence is now Amazon’s book-reading social network.” ~content via MediaBistro


Buy a Nook Give a Book

Saw this post on Media Bistro by Dianna Dilworth:

Barnes & Noble is running a charity-related promotion this holiday season called “Buy a Nook, We’ll Give a Book.”

For every Nook purchased between now and December 25th, the company will donate one new print book to First Book, a non-profit that gives has given over 100 million new books to children who need them.




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