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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Amazon vs. Hachette Saga

LOS ALTOS, Calif., May 30, 2014 / - While Amazon and Hachette continue to haggle over their business contracts, consumers can still find coveted titles on ISBNS.net's free search engine specializing in books.  Though Amazon has taken steps to reduce both the visibility and availability of Hachette publications on their website, this has not impacted consumer's ability to either locate or purchase any of Hachette's publications online. In fact, Hachette's broad selection of titles have always been available, both new and used, from hundreds of different online retailers and marketplaces. For example, the new highly anticipated hardcover book The Silkworm, written by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is no longer available for pre-order at all through Amazon, and is simply marked as "Currently Unavailable." Before any J. K. Rowling fans panic though, keep in mind it is also available for pre-order from dozens of other online retailers at up to 28% off list price, even after taking tax and shipping costs into consideration [current pricing from ISBNS.net as of 05/29/14]. This is hardly an Armageddon scenario, and rather, if anything, is simply an opportunity for consumers to explore the wider web.
As much as things change, they also stay the same. The old adage that a single store is never the cheapest for everything has remained true even as the world of commerce has evolved, and despite the best efforts of the largest retail giants, Amazon and Walmart, there is no single store with infinite breadth and depth of inventory. This makes the ability for a consumer to shop around just as important as ever, and also increasingly easy with the scope of the Internet and computer automation. The best way for consumers to maximize their purchasing power and exert their influence is, as always, not through brand or retailer loyalty, but rather through informed decisions made with the most current comprehensive information available. For books, this information is readily available at ISBNS.net without any registration requirements, and in particular, current information on pricing and availability of the Hachette publications affected at http://www.isbns.net/publisher/hachette.
ISBNS.net is a free search engine specializing in books, building a comprehensive real-time search in seconds of over 300 online bookstores and marketplaces. Consumers can compare all of the copies available based on their format, condition, price after coupons, tax, and shipping to decide which copy is right for them.
Jeremy Jung


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