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What Pokémon Go’s Massive Popularity Reveals About the State of Technology Today

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Aug 2, 2016

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Pokémon Go is all the rage. It’s becoming a cultural phenomenon. The app’s blending of gaming and augmented reality (AR) highlights key aspects of the state of digital technology that's proving a huge success.

Book of the Month June, 2016: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers—The Story of Success

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jul 28, 2016

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Outliers: The Story of Success is "peppy, brightly written and provocative in a buzzy sort of way." It will challenge you to think deeply about the nature of success in society, while also showing you that successes and failures can be explained in unexpected ways.

Book of the Month May, 2016: Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jun 1, 2016

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In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites us to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discover why their work has endured.

Let's Talk About Success in Today’s Often Mediocre World

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 23, 2016

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What does success mean for you? Many people today make decision based on hothouse notions of success, which can be limiting and cause you to lose more than you realize.

Authorpreneurship: The Rise of Author-Led Publishing Houses

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 9, 2016

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The desire to be taken seriously as an indie author is fueling a new trend where top-selling indie authors are starting their own publishing houses.

Celebrating “Mockingbird” Author Harper Lee: 10 of her Best Quotes We’ll Never Forget

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 22, 2016

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Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” passed away Friday at the age of 89. As a tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, we look at some of her most unforgettable words, ever so relevant today.

Study: Books Provide Same Happiness Boost as Big Vacations

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 4, 2016

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If your goal is to make yourself happier this year, experiential products such as books can make you just as happy as a big vacation.

Why You Should Definitely Read With the Kids This Holiday Season

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Dec 4, 2015

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If you are looking to have a special holiday, there are some heartwarming reasons you should cozy up with the kids and read with them this festive season.

Music Training Enhances Brain Power and Language Skills, Researchers Say

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Nov 30, 2015

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Understanding there is a link between music training, improved brain function, increased creativity and enhanced language skills can provide the motivation you need to practice a musical instrument regularly.

Resilience of Print Forces Amazon to Open its First Physical Bookstore

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Nov 6, 2015

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Five years ago the book world was in collective turmoil over the uncertain future of print. Now the tune has changed. The digital side of business has leveled off and Amazon now feels it has no option than to venture into the print world. 

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