Dig into a gold mine of books, audio books, articles and more from your iPhone [Deals]

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Save 25% or more on 6 month and year-long access to a million books, audiobooks, articles, and more.
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The world is awash in great writing and journalism, from books to articles on the internet. That leaves a ton of stuff to sort through. So having it all in one place makes it easier to find the best content, and saves lots of time.

Scribd offers access to a vast library of content straight from any device, via the app or a web browser.

Binge on your favorite books, audiobooks, and magazines with the Netflix for reading [Deals]

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For less than the price of a paperback each month, get unlimited access to a vast library of books, articles, and lots more.
For less than the price of a paperback each month, get unlimited access to a vast library of books, articles, and lots more.
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Some people say it’s hard to make time for reading. But others find the challenge in being able to afford all the books they’d like to consume. In both cases this subscription service can help, bringing unlimited written content to all your devices.

Learn to boost the speed and quality of your reading [Deals]

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Reading is a skill, and this pair of courses will help you sharpen it, boosting reading speeds and retention while breaking bad habits.
Reading is a skill, and this pair of courses will help you sharpen it, boosting reading speeds and retention while breaking bad habits.
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Reading is a skill, and like all skills, there’s always room for improvement. So if you constantly find yourself re-reading paragraphs, or just staring at a book but never finishing it, these courses can help you out.

Microsoft Invests $300M Into Nook To Give Windows 8 Its Own iBooks

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Microsoft's $300 million investment will see NOOK brought to Windows 8.
Microsoft's $300 million investment will see NOOK brought to Windows 8.

Microsoft has teamed up with Barnes & Noble with a $300 million investment that will create a new subsidiary focused on accelerating “the transition to e-reading.” Microsoft will take a 17.6% equity stake in a subsidiary, which is yet to be named, while Barnes & Noble will own the remaining 82.4%.

The move will provide Microsoft with its own answer to iBooks, with plans for a NOOK application that will run on Windows 8, and it’ll give users an alternative to the Kindle Store.

Watch How Apple Could Revolutionize E-Reading Again With Realistic Virtual Page Flipping [Video]

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If you have ever used iBooks or the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad, you probably have experienced virtual page turning… and probably turned it off shortly thereafter.

Why? Well, virtual page turning is just a fancy animation that does nothing practical. It slows the reading experience down (however minutely) just to give you a little millisecond voyage through an e-reading uncanny valley.

After all, in the real world, pages do more than just flip: you can rifle through them, bend them back, check multiple spots in a book at once, bookmark places with your fingers, etc. Wouldn’t it be cool if your iPad’s virtual page-turning animations could do the same things?

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