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Amazon Released A List Of Its Most Popular Kindle Highlights

Kindle’s popular highlights are pretty much the only reason I would have to read anything on a Kindle anymore. I have successfully boycotted Amazon for books and most other things for the last several months, but I still find myself amazed at the popular highlights, mostly because of their extraordinary mediocrity. I’m pretty sure that most people just highlight something popular because they see that other people have highlighted it, and they think that necessarily means it’s important — and I’m pretty sure that there has to be a cadre of people who are trolling the popular highlights. Some of the highlights in the Song of Ice and Fire books just made no damn sense. There were whole passages of “Hodor Hodor Hodor” that got highlighted by at least tens of readers.

In any event, Amazon released a list of the most popular highlights of all Kindle books, and while most of them are insightful or at least novel on their own (which IMO is the point of highlighting? I could be wrong), others, isolated from their context, don’t make much sense. For example, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:

“THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!”roared Black. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!”

Also — nitpicky, but whatever — the passage of The Hunger Games in which the rules of the Hunger Games are explained isn’t particularly useful. Like, would you quote that in a paper? (I say no, you could paraphrase and cut down your quoted word count.) Would you come back to it as guidance later on? The book hammers the rules home throughout the narrative, so it’s not like you’re needing a reminder. It doesn’t give you any insight about Katniss, it’s just exposition. And yet it’s one of the most popular highlights on Kindle.

Of course, all of this is coming from a woman who does this to books she loves…

…So take from that what you will. I’m just looking at this list and going, all right, these are the most popular highlights on Kindle, but what does it tell us about our reading habits or what makes great literature? I’m just going to hazard a guess: I think that highlighting on Kindle is more a way for the reader to feel like they’re interacting with a real book than it is a method people use for critical reading or even, necessarily, to mark ideas they think are profound or want to come back to. I also think that it’s a way of feeling like you’re part of a reading community (ergo highlighting merely because other people highlighted — I’m not going to pretend I haven’t done it). But I don’t really see that these are identifications of great writing, nor do I think they’re representative of what makes the novels included on the list as popular as they are.

To me this raises the question of how we read, especially how we read popular fiction. What’s your reading and highlighting strategy? I’m very curious.

[The Atlantic]

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Etsy Spotlight: 14 Cool & Cute Tablet Covers To Protect Your Precious E-Reader

Jessica is turning 30 next week and her husband is gifting her with a Kindle Paperwhite, which really is the perfect gift for a book nerd like her. Naturally, she’s in the market for a cute cover/sleeve/case, so I volunteered to peruse Etsy for her and any other tablet owners who want their gadgets to be protected and well-dressed.

Watch The Premiere Of “GCB” & Enter To Win A BIG Dallas Beauty Kit & Custom Kindle!

With “Desperate Housewives” coming to a close this season, Sundays are desperately in need of a juicy nighttime soap to fill its Jimmy Choos. Luckily, “GCB” — which stands for “Good Christian Bitches,” and is based on the book of the same name — premieres this Sunday. “GCB” is about a former mean girl Amanda (played by Leslie Bibb) who moves back home to Dallas 18 years after high school and has to face her former classmates — including Carlene, played by Kristin Chenoweth — who are skeptical that she’s actually changed her ways. Have you ever come face to face with a mean girl from your past? I don’t know what I would say if I ever ran into Crystal, the girl who threatened to beat me up for no reason in 8th grade… [ABC]

Anyway, in honor of the premiere of this fun new shows, we’re giving away an awesome prize — including a custom Kindle — to one lucky reader. For a chance to win, all you have to do is sign up for The Frisky’s newsletter by clicking here! Find out what’s up for grabs and watch a preview of “GCB” after the jump! Keep reading »

Miss Your Moleskine? Check Out These Solutions

Most people who own Moleskine notebooks are converts for life. I’m one of those people. Only problem is, after becoming an iPhone user, I use my beloved notebook less frequently. For some reason, this still doesn’t stop me from carrying around a Moleskine in my purse at all times, although now come to think of it, it seems like a bit of wasted space.

Joyous news for tech addicts who find their Moleskine relationship lacking: the company has just released an official Kindle case. Resembling a classic black notebook on the outside, the cover secures your reader inside, also offering reporter notepads for doodling (remember that?). It’s unclear whether the design can fit an iPad, but a comparison of the dimensions suggests that it might be possible, but a tight fit. Want to find out more ways to make your iPad or iPhone Moleskine-pretty? Check them out after the jump! [$39.99, Amazon via Unplggd] Keep reading »

And The Prize Goes To … The Best Book Choice

Last week, we asked you to share what book you’d download first if we gave you a Kindle, provided by Bravo. Our list of must-reads has multiplied enormously after reading your responses, but our favorite comment came from MSK:

I would download Pride and Prejudice (it’s a classic so I can download it for free — a working student can take all the help she can get!). It’s been my favorite book since I was old enough to read books that included words bigger then “see,” “Jane,” and “run.” There has never been another character like Elizabeth Bennett nor another fictional couple like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. I have read this book a dozen times (not to mention drooled over Colin Firth in the A&E adaptation like a hundred times), and will continue to read it over and over again. With a Kindle I would no longer need to worry about wearing out the pages!

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Win This! Kindle From Bravo

“There’s a virtual party going on right here, a celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your TV smarts and your laughter too. And Bravo’s gonna celebrate this party with you. C’mon now!” That’s enough Kool and the Gang, but what I’m alluding to is the new Bravo Talk Bubble, a site that hosts a virtual viewing party during some of the network’s popular shows, like “The Real Housewives of New York City” and “Top Chef.” You can log into Twitter and other social media outlets to vent your frustration at the Countess or tell Jill to get over her issues with Bethenny.

WIN THIS! One lucky winner will be able to get their Bravo fix even when they’re not in front of a TV or computer screen. We’re giving away a Kindle from Bravo. You’ll be able to read your favorite Bravo cast members’ books, like Jill Zarin’s Secrets of a Jewish Mother: Real Advice, Real Stories, Real Love, while on the go. This way you’ll never miss a Bravo moment. But you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us what would be the first book you’d download and why by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, April 9. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

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