This Writer Makes Serious Money Putting Readers to Sleep

This Writer Makes Serious Money Putting Readers to Sleep

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As a writer, the most important thing is to hold the reader’s attention… unless you’re paid not to.   In an era of deeper intersecting of technology and consumerism, even sleep has become a business. Sleep app Calm aspires to be the best in that business, offering audio libraries of music playlists, guided meditations, and relaxation classes. (Sounds fake, say the students, who do not find class at all relaxing.) But its most popular feature is its Sleep Stories: twenty to forty minute audio stories read aloud by comforting voices, including that of Stephen Fry. Calm asks: “we loved having bedtime stories read to us as children, …

The Best Apps for Every Step of NaNoWriMo

The Best Apps for Every Step of NaNoWriMo

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So it’s the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, and you only have time to do things like go to school for eight hours, sleep for an inconvenient five or so, and occasionally eat. Writing does take time, but you have more time than you probably think (unless you thought you had twenty-four hours in a day, which is technically accurate but unlikely for a functioning person). While there are some circumstances where you can’t whip out your laptop, there are far fewer cases where it’s unusual to take out your phone. So instead of lamenting your wasted time, use the moments …

New App Allows Readers to Find Writers of Color at the Tap of a Screen!

New App Allows Readers to Find Writers of Color at the Tap of a Screen!

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Software engineer Kaya Thomas designed an absolutely awesome app called We Read Too. It lets readers easily find children’s books by writers of color featuring characters of color. It’s not always easy to find diverse children’s literature, and Thomas noticed this growing up. We Read Too should help future generations read from a wider array of authors.   The app is sleek, colorful, and easy to browse. It allows users to filter by picture, chapter, middle grade, and young adult books. With over 600 books included, the simple browsing system allows parents, teachers, tutors, guardians, and basically all adults help children …

Mobile Role-Playing Game Lets You Enroll in Hogwarts Minus Tuition!

Mobile Role-Playing Game Lets You Enroll in Hogwarts Minus Tuition!

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Are you a Potter fan who’s been waiting for their Hogwarts letter for years? Yes, us too. Must’ve gotten lost in the mail, or some owl dropped it at the wrong address. So while you’re waiting for your acceptance letter, you should seriously check out this announcement…unless you don’t want to role-play in Harry Potter.    Image Via Google Play   Pottermore has confirmed that game developer Jam City has created a magical mobile game where you can recreate yourself as a character in the Potter World and live the student life! From classes like Duelling and Potions to Dark …

6 Mobile Games Every Book Lover Needs

6 Mobile Games Every Book Lover Needs

As much as we love reading, sometimes our brains need a break. Next time you storm through a book and need to take your mind off the drama, you may not want to leave book world. If that’s the case, you’ll need a mobile game that brings you into the world of a book. No reading necessary! Wait, that’s not a good thing. In any case, check these games out.   1. Alice in the Mirrors of Albion   Image Via Facebook   Alice in the Mirrors of Albion is a Lewis Carroll-inspired game where you’ll have to solve challenging …