How to be a smarter reader

There’s plenty of advice out there to help you read more – but what about how to get more from what you read? Here’s how

Article by  from The Guardian

How to be a smarter reader

Pursue ‘targeted serendipity’

Pick each new book at random, and you’ll end up with plenty of duds. But if you stick religiously to the same authors or genres, or rely on Amazon’s recommendation engine, which makes suggestions based on past purchases, you’ll never expand your horizons. Choose a middle path: use a recommendation site such as Whichbook, which filters books based on numerous sliding scales – “funny/serious”, “optimistic/bleak”, “no sex/lots of sex” – without knowing which specific titles you’ve previously read.

Stick to print

Quite apart from the romanticism in the smell and feel of “real” books, there’s some persuasive psychological research to suggest that we grasp their content of paper books better and faster than ebooks’. This could be because we subconsciously use physical cues to store information: whether something’s on the left or right page; how many pages are under your right thumb, still to be read, etc.

In one British study, children who read only on screens were three times less likely to say they greatly enjoyed reading. It’s also been argued that the blue light emitted by tablets may seriously interfere with sleep and health.

Read first, talk later

The web offers countless opportunities to join a worldwide, 24-hour book group, such as Readmill, an e-reader platform that lets readers have conversations in the margins. But there’s much to be said for more limited devices – paper books, say, or basic Amazon Kindles – that make it harder for your attention to wander.

As the new media thinker Clay Shirky, no Luddite, puts it: “Tell me later who else liked it. Show them to me, introduce them to me, whatever – not right now. Right now I’m reading.” Make reading and discussing two distinct activities.

Keep it literary

Last year, a controversial but well-designed study at the New School for Social Research in New York, found that reading literary fiction (Don DeLilloAlice Munro) enhanced the capacity for empathy, and that the same didn’t apply to popular fiction or non-fiction. One hunch is that literary fiction leaves more to the reader’s imagination, forcing you to work harder to enter the emotional worlds of others. “What great writers do is to turn you into the writer,” explained one researcher. “In literary fiction, the incompleteness of the characters turns your mind to trying to understand the minds of others.”

Split your time: have a few books on the go

While you’re best advised not to try to read 20 books at once, there are definitely advantages to choosing three or four at once. Have a mix of fiction and non-fiction on the go, each suited to different moods and contexts. Even bad books can help – by sending you back to the good ones. “When you’re not feeling the book in front of you, pick up something else,” writes one blogger, Leigh Kramer, an advocate of the multi-book approach. “This will either make you want to go back to your original choice or press forward with one of your other options.”

Collapse of Shark Tanks in Scientific Center in Kuwait

Many people sent me this image over wahtsapp that shows sharks swimming inside a building and claim the Shark Tanks in Kuwait Scientific Center has Collapsed. Here is the truth about that fake image from

Just Because It’s Online, Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It’s True

The collapse of the sharks tank in the Scientific Center in Kuwait. Which caused chaos between staff and visitors !

Caption on Facebook: “The collapse of the sharks tank in the Scientific Center in Kuwait. Which caused chaos between staff and visitors!”

The first time the image above was shared on Facebook, there were some immediate comments and shares with some people who appeared shocked based on their comments when they saw the caption of the photo. The last time I checked it, the image had 5,419 shares last Friday, June 15, 2012.

Shark Tank Hoax - Scientific Center in Kuwait Shared more than 5000 times

Shark Tank Hoax – Scientific Center in Kuwait Shared more than 5000 times

This is not really true, read more details about it below.

First thing I noticed was the escalator. Clearly the rails are made for escalators, but the steps are green tiles. That looks like they were made for swimming pools and bathrooms. Clearly this was made to be underwater. So this may be some amusement park of some sort.

UPDATE (6/17/2012): After further staring at this picture… the escalator does look real, the tiles idea came from the greenish hue of the steps. And looking at some areas of the railing, also have this green coloration. Probably caused by the photo editing of the file when trying to match up the colors of mixed images. Which made the dark black escalator steps look like green tiles.

Upon searching some images online, it appears like the sharks have been “photoshopped” into the image. Since the shark on the left is a popular shark used in many photo edited images.  (source)

Popular Photoshopped Shark

Popular “Photoshopped” Shark

Upon researching further, it appears this image first came out on an internet meme site, where users upload funny pictures relating to basement floods that happened in Toronto. The photo above was said to be taken at Toronto’s Union Station during a recent flood last June 1, 2012.

Update (6/18/2012): The Inquisitr posted the original image without the sharks. And as they were explaining this was a hoax, they were also talking about other people referring this photo as “Sharks at the Mall”. The original “photoshopper” was also found to be Jamie A. King and confirmed by a tweet to Mashable writer Christine Erickson that he made the image.

Original image used before the sharks were edited to be included in the photo.

Original image used before the sharks were edited to be included in the photo.


قسم المكتبات بالتطبيقي كرم الحمود وملا

   اقامت اللجنة الاجتماعية والثقافية بقسم علوم المكتبات والمعلومات بكلية التربية الاساسية التابع للهيئة العامة للتعليم التطبيقي والتدريب حفلها السنوي لتكريم عضوي هيئتي التدريس والتدريب المثاليين بالقسم العلمي وذلك ضمن أنشطة وفعاليات اللجنة الاجتماعية للعام الدراسي الحالي 2011/2012 وقد حضر التكريم اعضاء هيئتي التدريس والتدريب بالقسم.

            وبهذه المناسبة اكد رئيس قسم المكتبات الاستاذ الدكتور ياسر عبدالمعطي بان اختيار العضوين المثاليين يأتي ضمن معايير التي اعتمدتها اللجنة ومن اهمها النشر العلمي و المشاركة في فعاليات وتطوير القسم العلمي وقد حصل كل من د.نهلاء الحمود كعضو هيئة تدريس مثالي والأستاذ يعقوب ملا كعضو هيئة تدريب مثالي بقسم علوم المكتبات والمعلومات ،مضيفا بان هذا التكريم ما هو إلا داعم حافز للتشجيع بين اعضاء هيئتي التدريس والتدريب لرفع مستويات الأداء بما سيعود بالخير والفائدة على العمل الأكاديمي بعامة ومخرجاته من أبنائنا الخريجين بخاصة ،ليسهم الجميع بجهودهم في تنمية مؤسستنا الأكاديمية ورفعة بلدنا الحبيب الكويت.

    وبدوره باركت د. هنادي بوعركي عضو هيئة التدريس بالقسم للعضو وتمنت لهم التوفيق بحياتهم العلمية والعملية وأشارت بقديمها اقتراح وتعديل المعايير والشروط لاختيار من سيتم تكريمهم ،لتصبح تلك الفاعلية مناسبة سنوية تهدف الى تحفيز روح التنافس بين الاعضاء في عدد من المحاور من أبرزها البحث العلمي كما ان القسم سيحذو كحذو الأقسام الأخرى بالكلية ،ليكون التكريم علي مستوي الكلية والهيئة للأعضاء المثاليين.


20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

Sent to you by mbahrani via Google Reader:

20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

via Z District by Marzouq on 2/12/12


There is no question that I love bookstores and libraries, there is something about the smell of paper and what type of books you can discover in the store. Sometimes I spend hours in bookstores roaming about and picking up a few books and reading them for a bit, and walk around in all the different sections. Books can’t be replaced by E-Readers, and there is something that I love about books, a feeling of having a book, the smell of paper, and enjoying reading it, the difference between a hard copy and soft copy. From the smallest to the biggest, these are 20 of the most beautiful bookstores in the world.

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Online Information, London 2010

In a previous post, our brother Mohammad has posted something about the trip that we were together attending the 2010 online information conference in UK. The conference was more than great in terms of tracks and sessions, seminars and workshops, and finally the exhibitions and the cafeteria that we didn’t have anything from it 🙂 . I was fully sponsored by the SAGE publisher the 4th biggest vendor in the information industry world to attend the conference. so thank you SAGE for your hospitality.

Yesterday I was again with two lovely teachers Dr. Samir and Dr. Taghreed. we had a great time talking about many things, one of them was the conference. so that Dr. Taghreed asked me to post something in the blog and if anyone interested in any information regarding the sessions I will be a big help. And Dr. Samir also was advising me what to write, so that I have legal content that no one would accuse Mohammed and shutdown his blog hehehe…

Anyway, the conference is the largest UK event dedicated to the information industry, providing an annual meeting place for more than 9,000 attendees from over 40 countries across the globe.  This unique free-to-attend event consists of an exhibition with more than 200 international exhibitors, an extensive educational show floor seminar programme, plus a range of exciting and stimulating show features.  Focusing on new technologies and key sectors,  the show covers 6 different subject areas: Content Resources, ePublishing Solutions, Library Management, Content Management, Search Solutions and Social Media.

Attending around 6 sessions from different tracks, was something great that added to my humble knowledge so many. accordingly, I wish to share with you any of the information that it would be beneficial to your area of interest. you may find all tracks and sessions in here or in PDF and you may email me for any inquiries in regard to those sessions and their papers.

Note: my email is and your comments are highly appreciated

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:


Saleh A. Ebrahim