Tech Trends: iPad Apps for New York Public Library

A screen shot of the New York Public Library's new iPad app

The Times reports that the New York Public Library has released the first in a series of iPad apps. The point of the apps is for the library to “bring its research collections into ‘the palms of the public’s hand,’ as library officials put it in a statement.” I’m reminded of Yale University’s recent decision [Read More...]

Tech Trends: E-Books Outsell Print Books at Amazon; Thumbs Up for Kindle!

Amazon's Kindle, 3rd edition

Well, it’s happened. It wasn’t unexpected. But it happened sooner than many pundits had predicted. The New York Times reports that Amazon since April 1, 2011, Amazon is selling more e-books than print books (hardcover and paperback combined). “We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this [Read More...]

Reading the Times: Poor Quality College Education; Internet Censored in Turkey

Your So-Called Education Sociologists Richard Arum (NYU) and Josipa Roksa (UVa) report on the discouraging findings from their study of undergraduate education. Parents, brace yourselves: We would be happy to join in the celebrations if it weren’t for our recent research, which raises doubts about the quality of undergraduate learning in the United States. Over [Read More...]

Reading the Times: Religion and Financial Destiny; Hats off to Yale!

Yale University

Is Religion Your Financial Destiny? David Leonhardt reviews the recent findings of Pew survey. It finds a high correlation between certain relgious traditions and our financial status. Do you want to be well off? Better become a Reform Jew. Here’s a paragraph worthy of further consideration: Many factors are behind the discrepancies among religions, but [Read More...]


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