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Book Clubs, The Height Of Fashion

For some of us, reading never went out of fashion but for others picking up and reading a book has been perceived as boring or old fashioned. Why spend time turning over page after page when digital offers immediate access to information, videos, entertainment and more? However, as we become overloaded and exhausted from its...Read More

Are We Losing Our Ability To Read Deeply?

According to new research, the answer is yes. Concern about our loss of this essential skill is greatest for children who are transitioning from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’, usually around the age of nine or ten.[1] In a recent article in The Guardian newspaper[2], American journalist John R MacArthur references the latest...Read More

Sustainable Paper-Based Christmas Gifts For All Ages

According to sources, each Christmas, a staggering 33 million Brits receive a gift they don’t want. Of those, an even more staggering 6.1% – over 2 million gifts – are just thrown away to end up in landfill.[1] If you’re reading this article, you’re unlikely to be one of those who throws something away that...Read More

5 Reasons To Love Libraries

When Did You Last Visit Your Local Library? Since the advent of the internet and search engines, which have given us the ability to explore endless content from all around the world from the comfort of our own home, library visitor numbers have fallen dramatically. You might ask: Does it matter? Are we missing out?...Read More

International Literacy Day – Educating With Print Proven Best

In the month of International Literacy Day, we look at the benefits of educating with print. As students of all ages return to classrooms and lecture halls up and down the country, the debate over whether print or digital is better for education has grown. Over the past decade, many schools, colleges and universities have...Read More

Paper Pen Pals

Summer may be over for another year but writing to new friends made at home or abroad during the long summer holiday has been a rite of passage for children and young people for generations. These days, however, correspondence is more likely to be an exchange of messages on social media than time spent chewing...Read More

The Importance Of Paper-Based Materials In Education

Over the last 20 years or so, technology has infiltrated almost every facet of our lives. The expansion of broadband, smartphones and portable technology has changed how we communicate, how we access information and how we work and learn. While many of these changes are no doubt positive, there is growing evidence that this isn’t...Read More

Books Offer Best Form Of Escapism

A survey by the Publishers Association found reading to be more popular than going to the cinema or browsing social media, coming second only to watching TV. It has been revealed that more people plan to escape into books than go to the cinema this summer. This has been due to a new polling survey...Read More

5 Ways You Can Spread Kindness Using Paper

This month marks World Kindness Day, set up by the The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to raise awareness and drive conversations relating to mental health and wellbeing. To support your mental well-being, we have come up with 5 ways you can switch off, connect with friends and family, or learn a new hobby, using...Read More

Why Generation Z Prefers Print Books

Young People Are Reading More And More Books In Print, Driving Sales And Shaping The Industry In the continued tussle between print books and e-readers, it seems print books are winning, especially in the eyes of the young. A new report by Pew Research has shown that Generation Z (Gen Z) – those born between...Read More

Penguin’s Book Vending Machine

When Did You Last Read A Book On The Train? Imagine sitting in a hushed train carriage where all that can be heard is the sound of the train on the tracks and the occasional rustle of paper as pages are turned. If you have been on a train lately, you will be aware of...Read More

Library Initiatives Around The World

Have you ever spotted a little swap and shop library on a walk? From mobile libraries to books hidden in giant mushrooms, we’ve found some great reading initiatives from around the world. The Mobile Library, Stockholm Since 2016, the mobile library in Stockholm City has been popping up all over the city to meet people...Read More

National Novel Writing Month

This November, why not join hundreds of thousands of would-be, and actual, novelists around the world participating in National Novel Writing Month? If like many of us, you have always felt you’ve got a best-seller lurking somewhere inside, then this November could be the time to finally put pen to paper. The concept of National...Read More

University Starter Pack – The Paper Edition

It’s that time of year again. Bags are being packed, timetables decided, and courses have been chosen. To help you sift through the chaos, here are 7 essential paper-based tips and tricks to help see you through your first year. 1. Lists It’s not all about partying, studying, and meeting new people. University means that...Read More

ALDI’s Summer Reading Initiative

Supermarket giant, ALDI, launched a campaign to get British children reading during their summer break. To do this, Aldi are giving away over 100,000 books, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, to children. The charity ‘Magic Breakfast', which provides free breakfasts to school children in disadvantaged areas, will support the distribution of books countrywide. The Facts...Read More

Study Reveals That People Prefer Paper Books Over E-Readers

A new report has confirmed the increasing popularity of physical books over e-readers – especially on holiday where paper is the ideal companion. So how was your holiday? Go anywhere nice? Lots of sun? Hopefully, you have managed to get a summer break and are now dealing with the barrage of questions about your holiday....Read More

Wondering What Book To Read Next?

Whether you’re an avid reader or someone who would like to read more, deciding what book to read next can be a challenge, particularly when you consider the overwhelming choice of titles available. Back in 2010, Google Books did a count of the number of books that had been published since the invention of the...Read More

When Was The Last Time You Read A Printed Magazine?

It may come as a surprise in this digital age, but about 52% of British adults still read printed magazines. And it’s not a generational thing either as a reported 7 out of 10 millennials read printed magazines for leisure and entertainment. So, in an age when digital screens dominate, and we seemingly have all...Read More

Popular Book Genres Around The World

Books have been teaching and inspiring people for hundreds of years, so World Book Day is more than a well-deserved celebration. To honour the day, ‘Study in Switzerland' has done some in-depth research into the most popular book genres worldwide. In the world of literature, there are many different types of books. Diverse genres cater...Read More

WORLD BOOK DAY – 3rd March 2022

Created by UNESCO on 23 April 1995, World Book Day is a celebration of books, authors and illustrators. Its ultimate aim is to encourage children and young people to discover the pleasure of reading. Over 100 countries around the world mark World Book Day each year. Why Reading For Pleasure Is Important Numerous studies have...Read More

Create Your Own Comic Book

Comic books are accessible for everyone of all backgrounds and your comic book can be whatever you make of it. Comic books tell a variety of stories in multiple genres, from the daily life of a lasagna loving cat to superheroes battling villains to save the world, from space pirates exploring the cosmos for intergalactic...Read More

Settle Down With A Story This Book Lovers Day

Book Lovers Day, also referred to as National Book Lovers Day over in the U.S., is an unofficial holiday celebrated every year on August 9th. It’s a day for bibliophiles (book lovers) to celebrate reading and literature and encourages everyone to put down their smartphones or electronic devices and pick up a book instead. How...Read More

Has The Pandemic Changed How To Access News And Information Forever?

Print media has seen a significant disruption during the coronavirus pandemic and there are signs of changing consumer relationships with news and print media. Familiarity with, and use of, online platforms has increased. Will the ending of lockdowns herald an opportunity for traditional printed news media to regain lost ground? A study, conducted by the...Read More

Blind Date With A Book

The blind date with a book trend – also known as the don’t judge a book by its cover trend - has been a great source of fun and engagement for bookshops, libraries and even Etsy, for many years now. By helping people find their ideal book in this creative and mysterious manner, the trend...Read More

Reading Printed Materials Proven to Result in Better Literacy Outcomes

In a compelling report published this week, PISA, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment, affirms that students perform better when they read from printed materials rather than digital devices. This research sends a clear signal to parents and education providers that more must be done to safeguard reading in print for the future of education. Overall,...Read More

Children’s Book Week Spring 2021

The 102nd annual Children’s Book Week takes place for two weeks of 2021. The first week takes place in Spring between May 3rd - 9th and the second in November, 8th - 14th. This year’s theme is Reading is a Superpower! Originating from the belief that children’s books and literacy are life changing, the Children’s...Read More

The National Literacy Trust share reading tips for children

The National Literacy Trust have created some summer reading tips for families. They teamed up with Puffin to ask children about their reading during lock-down. Here are their 5 top tips to keep your children reading… Make time for reading Children said that time away from school and social activities during lockdown has given them…

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The perils of the paperless classroom

In recent years, technology has transformed many aspects of education and brought ingenious new methods of teaching which have offered students simple and effective study tools. Many have revolutionised the classroom, but nothing yet has come close to replacing the humble pen and paper.

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5 Tips for a Digital Detox

Screen time has become so prevalent in the day to day of our lives, so much so that most of us keep our devices within arm’s reach most of the time. Through a few easy steps we can wean ourselves off from the habit and start to enjoy our lives away from the digital realms. Here are our top 5 tips for a digital detox.

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Lack of local newspapers hits hard

Closures of print editions of local newspapers are affecting some people so much they are ringing up their local MP for news. So why are local newspapers so important and what can be done to save them? Every month, a large number of elderly people ring their local MP. But while most of them call…

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15 tips to get back into reading

Losing that love for reading can happen to avid and casual readers alike. Fortunately, we have compiled fifteen of the best tips for getting back on track with your reading list.

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