How We Read Now: Strategic Choices for Print, Screen, and Audio


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Naomi S. Baron is Professor of Linguistics Emerita at American University in Washington, DC. A Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and Fulbright Specialist, she has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Baron is author of Words Onscreen:
The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (OUP 2015) and Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World (OUP 2008).


"A well-researched, accessible treatise on all the ways we experience and absorb words... Educating tomorrowâs generations is of urgent importance to all of us, and for that reason, How We Read Now is must reading. Baron does not prescribe particular reading platforms, but rather enables us to
better assess all the possibilities... Baron's light, conversational style makes for enjoyable reading - whether in print or on a screen. " -- Bàrbara Mujica, Washington Independent Review of Books

"How We Read Now is a wonderful guide to the complicated landscape where our minds meet the written word; it helps us understand how we read, how we learn, and how we navigate a changing world of text, information, stories, and connection, for ourselves and for our children." --Perri Klass,
Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics, New York University, and author A Good Time to Be Born

"Naomi Baron has done a huge service to everyone involved in the study, teaching, and practice of reading-which means all of us. Written in a friendly and informal style, with well-placed signposts and summaries, her succinct synthesis of research findings provides a wealth of timely and relevant
advice for policy-makers, teachers, students, parents, and children." --David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics, Bangor University, and author of Let's Talk

"Naomi Baron has done it again. She has enticed us to take a long, hard look at reading in this technological age. How We Read Now brings the advantages and disadvantages of each medium into the light, and guides us on what, when, or why to read in one medium or another. This eye-opening book is
truly a 'must read' for educators, parents, and students." --Patricia Alexander, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland

"Dr. Baron clearly synthesizes the issues surrounding how we read from printed and screen texts. Everyone needs to read this book." --Larry D. Rosen, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and co-author of The Distracted Mind

"Naomi Baron expertly presents the latest research on the cognitive and behavioral facets of 'reading to learn' in multiple formats. She offers an accessible translation of points and strategies for policymakers and educators, including parents, to consider for readers at all levels. This book is
essential reading in a time of transition to digital publishing." --Diane Mizrachi, UCLA Library, and Alicia Salaz, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries