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Video: A Demonstration on How the Vatican is Digitizing its Sacred Texts

Digital access to the vatican’s vast collection of old manuscripts are slowly becoming more accessible thanks to a four year collaboration between the church and Japanese digital technology group, NTT Data. In the video below of the announcement, you can see some of that process. It’s pretty fascinating, especially if you like old, dusty pages, or if you’ve never seen the interior of the Vatican library, where the physical manuscripts actually live.

It’s not in English so we’ve also shared the translated texts of the transcript below, after the jump.

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‘The Cornuta Curse’ is Today’s Free eBook

the cornuta curseToday’s free Kindle download, The Cornuta Curse, is a story about love with a twist of fate-fighting. From writer A. Scott, the narrative takes place on the historic bluffs of Cirque Terre, where Mara discovers that love, sometimes, requires us to break a spell, a curse, and a hard stone:

One in four men cheat. But what if their betrayal is inevitable? What if, the women are cursed? Cursed by a 500-year-old love lock. If you were the one in four, would you try to break the curse?

Mara doesn’t believe in curses. She believes in facts: the women in her family are the one in four just like 800 million other women in the world.  Read more

eBooks’ Interactive Features Are Not Always Helpful for Reading Comprehension

children app ebook comprehensionResearch from Heather Ruetschlin Schugar and Jordan T. Schugar of West Chester University are pointing to troublesome features of eBooks – mainly that they provide too much stimulation without enough reading compression.

While some books such as Miss Spider’s Tea Party, provide positive reinforcing stimulants, such as the sound of tea drinking- others, like Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure,  simply distract children with gimmicky features of moving objects and disconnected sounds. Read more

‘The Girl Behind the Door’ is Today’s Free eBook

the girl behind the doorThe Girl Behind The Door: A Father’s Journey Into The Mystery Of Attachment - is today’s free Kindle download from writer John Brooks. The memoir follows a father’s journey to understanding his adopted daughter’s tragic suicide:

A Marin County, California father embarks on a journey to understand what led his seventeen-year-old daughter, Casey, to take her life. He travels back to her abandonment at birth and adoption from a Polish orphanage at fourteen months, through her happy childhood and her turbulent adolescence, searching for answers. In most respects, Casey was a perfectly normal girl – beautiful, smart and popular, accepted at an elite college. But she also had troubling behaviors that no one understood, including mental health professionals.  Read more

Booktrack: Music Soundtracks Paired With eBooks

Book lovers and music lovers – have  you ever paired your two loves into one experience? That’s what Booktrack is offering, and according to science, the consumption of literature whilst streaming compatible audio is beneficial to reading comprehension while extending average reading time. The best of both worlds, possibly?
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‘The Strange Year of Vanessa M.’ is Today’s Free eBook

jodiToday’s free eBook download, The Strange Year of Vanessa M., by writer Filipa Fonseca Silva. It’s the tale of a wife and mother who finally chooses to find her own happiness:

When Vanessa got into her car that winter’s afternoon, she had no idea she was setting off on a journey with no return. An inner journey that would call into question a whole life spent living up to other people’s expectations.

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‘The Trifecta: Initiation’ is Today’s Free eBook

the trifectaToday’s free Kindle download is The Trifecta: Initiation from author J.P. Brewner. The young adult superhero adventure story has plenty of action and conspiracies for all. Check it out:

In the wake of a devastating explosion, the world has crumbled to the criminals of society. Now the Trifecta, a powerful organization, fights to regain peace and prosperity across the world. Their leader recruits Michael Fleming, a 15 year old boy who has spectacular abilities. Read more

Screwpulp Offers Free Books to Readers Who Promises Honest Book Reviews

screwpulpScrewpulp isn’t your typical book company – it’s a new startup, and it’s approaching book publishing with a refreshing approach to book reviews and pricing. Get exited! You’re going to get to read new books from new authors for free. The catch is, you have to give honest reviews.

Screwpulp? How did you get the name? We get asked this question a lot, so let us explain. The screw press was the first printing method that allowed for books to be made with moveable type in mass. Now that we’re in the digital age, the move away from paper, or pulp, is becoming the new normal. A merging of these two ideas led us to the name we have today, Screwpulp. Read more

‘Robbie and the Bully-bot’ is Today’s Free eBook

robbie and the bully botToday’s free eBook download has a really long name. It’s called Robbie and the Bully-bot: Learning to act with fairness, justice and respect (Citizenship for Kids: Character education and social responsibility).

Essentially, it’s an anti-bully book for children. If you have young children and you want to teach them how to deal with bullies. Likewise, it may be a good conversation starter for young kids who may not know about negative outcomes from being a bully or being preyed on by bullies:

Are you worried about kids being bullied?  Read more

‘The Pattern System: A Periodic Table for Psychology’ is Today’s Free eBook

the pattern systemToday’s free eBook download, The Pattern System: A Periodic Table for Psychology, is perfect for armchair psychologists or anyone interested in human behavior. Written by Jay Earley, the guide offers a positive, proactive approach to understanding your spouse, co-workers, and friends:

The Pattern System doesn’t just focus narrowly on psychopathology. It doesn’t even just focus on dysfunctional patterns. It also helps you to understand functional behavior and healthy capacities. This means that you can see your strengths and those capacities you need to develop to reach your personal goals. Read more

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