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Oxford Dictionaries Team Creates a ‘Word of the Year’ Infographic

Oxford DictionariesEarlier this week, the executives behind the Oxford Dictionaries announced that “vape” was chosen as the 2014 Word of the Year. With the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on the rise, usage of this word has increased.

Over at the OxfordWords blog, the team posted an infographic to share “the history of vape and why we’ve chosen it for Word of the Year – as well as looking at previous winners of Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year over the past decade.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.
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Do Men Read Books Written By Females?: INFOGRAPHIC

goodreads_icon_200x200_febDo men read books written by female authors?

To answer this question, the Goodreads team examined the reading habits of 40,000 active members (20,000 men and 20,000 women). From there, the collected data was used to create an infographic called “Sex and Reading: A Look at Who’s Reading Whom.”

Here’s more from the Goodreads Blog: “This year the #readwomen movement inspired us to take a closer look at where readers fall along gender lines. There’s a lot of well-documented press about the fact that women’s books tend to have ‘girly’ covers instead of gender-neutral ones, and the VIDA count shows us that traditional book reviewers are predominantly male and books being reviewed in ‘top tier’ publications are mostly by men.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further.

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Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: INFOGRAPHIC

The Write LifeHave you created a book that you want to share with the world? In this modern age, many writers (even the established ones) debate about whether they should pursue traditional publishing ventures or explore options with self-publishing.

The Write Life team has created an infographic called “Should You Self-Publish or Go Traditional?” We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further.
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Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read: INFOGRAPHIC

Knowledge Is BeautifulWhat are your favorite non-fiction books? Designer David McCandless created an infographic called “Non-Fiction Books Everyone Should Read” for his new book, Knowledge is Beautiful.

Some of the titles featured in this image include The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further.  (via The Huffington Post)
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YA Historical Fiction: INFOGRAPHIC

The Age of YA 200Historical fiction writers set their stories in a number of different eras. Readers can explore anywhere from the medieval court of King Arthur to the Renaissance studio of Leonardo Da Vinci.

The team at EpicReads.com has created an infographic called “The Age of YA.” It lists 140 young adult books that could help in picking out your next read.

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The Aroma of Books: INFOGRAPHIC

Compound InterestHave you ever wondered about the smell that emits from books? The Compound Interest chemistry blog has created an infographic called, “The Aroma of Books.”

According to the blog post, “the origins can be traced back to a number of chemical constituents.” We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. (via the NerdAlert YouTube channel)
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Little-Known Punctuation Marks: INFOGRAPHIC

mental_floss (2)What’s your favorite punctuation mark? mental_floss has created an infographic called, “13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using.”

The information was sourced from the publication’s 2012 article written by Adrienne Crezo; the piece itself was designed by Mike Rogalski. We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. Read more

Unusual Work Habits of Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

Ninja EssaysNinja Essays has created an infographic called, “Unusual Work Habits of Writers,” which focuses on the unconventional writing practices employed by famous authors.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer author Mark Twain preferred to write while lying down. Conversely, The Old Man & The Sea author Ernest Hemingway favored standing up.

We’ve embedded the entire graphic below for you to explore further. Do you have any unusual work habits?

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How Long Would it Take You to Read the ‘Harry Potter’ Series?: INFOGRAPHIC

blinkboxHow long would it take you to read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series from start to finish? Blinkbox Books, a digital book retailer, has created an interactive infographic for readers who wish to test their reading speed.

Thus far, more than 100,000 people have taken this quiz. Try it out for yourself—we’ve embedded the entire infographic below.

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‘The Huffington Post’ Examines Banned Books in 5 Infographics

The Huffington PostThe Huffington Post has created five infographics (embedded below) in honor of Banned Books Week; these images examine frequently challenged titles, reasons for challenges, authors whose books have received the most challenges, and book challenge activities by state. The team sourced the data for these projects from the American Library Association (ALA).

Why do people feel such outrage against certain books? The ALA website offers the following explanation: “books usually are challenged with the best intentions—to protect others, frequently children, from difficult ideas and information.”

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