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Around the Web: Leisure and Reading Study, Adapting Books, Accessible Typography, and Library Love

Hello again, dear readers, and welcome back to Around the Web. This week I’m sharing a study on leisure and reading, a roundtable discussion on adapting books for film, some info on accessible typography, and a love letter to libraries.

BookNet’s Canadian Leisure and Reading Study

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BookNet surveyed 1,253 Canadians about what they did with their free time in 2020, and the results are in. While many respondents reported having more leisure time last year, there wasn’t a significant increase in reading frequency in 2020, possible because of focus issues, challenges getting books, or financial barriers. Still, the report has insights into how Canadians discovered new reads and what formats they bought or borrowed.

How Books Become Shows and Movies

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Neflix has a whole category for shows or films based on books. If you’ve ever wondered how these movies and series came to be, check out LitHub’s roundtable discussion of adaptation.

Accessible Typography

The word "Typography" spelled out with type blocks

We’ve discussed accessible books in Around the Web before, so let me share some more info that may help with the creation of accessible reading materials: this post about accessible typography. If you’ve ever wondered what fonts to use, this post from the APA Style Guide might be helpful.

A Love Letter To Libraries

A long line of bookshelves at a library

Libraries are still closed for lockdown in my city, but they’re still worth celebrating. Check out E. Lily Yu’s love letter to libraries and perhaps spend some time daydreaming about your early library experiences or the experiences you hope to have in the near future.


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