‘Do you like your books as they come, clean, or squeaky clean?’ A new app lets you state your preference, remove profanities from the text of your ebook, and replace them with “clean” alternatives.
Clean Reader – “the only e-reader that gives you the power to hide swear words” – sells more than a million ebooks from its online book store. Its app allows users to search the text, and “put a non-transparent ‘highlight’” over anything potentially offensive. The blanked-out word is replaced, when it is tapped, with one judged suitably safe. So in a passage from its online demonstration – “‘Don’t tempt me, you little bastard,’ growled Vyder” – bastard becomes jerk. In a slice of a David Baldacci novel, “Pick up your damn game, Bobby”, becomes “Pick up your darn game, Bobby”.
The creators say: “If there are books you’ve put off reading because you’ve heard they’re full of curse words, chosen to stop reading some books because you weren’t comfortable with the bad language in them, or if you worry about what’s in the books your children read … then Clean Reader is for you!”
“Will some authors be offended that some of their consumers use Clean Reader to pick out most of the profanity in their books? Perhaps. Should the reader feel bad about it? Nope. They’ve paid good money for the book, they can consume it how they want.”
Not everyone is convinced- “Edits inappropriately, doesn’t understand context. [Removes] words that have multiple uses and aren’t necessarily curse words, destroying context in written works. Worthless,” wrote a third user.
Does using tablets and backlit eReaders at night lead to sleep deficiency and damage health?
According to findings published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, blue light, the wavelength common in smartphones, tablets and LED lighting, can disrupt the body clock and slow or prevent the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
The study found that using light-emitting electronic devices for reading, communication, and entertainment before bedtime meant it took longer to fall asleep, suppressed levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin and reduced or delayed the amount of REM sleep. And we’re not as alert the following morning!!
Results were based on 12 people locked in a sleep laboratory for two weeks. The results were concluded after taking blood samples from participants who spent five days reading from a paperback and five days from an iPad.
Lead researcher Prof Charles Czeisler said: “The light emitted by most e-readers is shining directly into the eyes of the reader, whereas from a printed book or the original Kindle, the reader is only exposed to reflected light from the pages of the book. Sleep deficiency has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes, and cancer. Thus, the melatonin suppression that we saw in this study among participants when they were reading from the light-emitting e-reader concerns us.”
Not enough time to get down to the library?
Feeling the chill and want to stay indoors but fancy a new read? Or maybe you’re getting a tablet or eReader for Christmas?
Well in addition to our incredibly popular main eBooks and eAudio collection, we’re thrilled to announce a new eReading Room for Children and Young People, making it easier to find the titles aimed at this age group.
With nearly 800 titles to choose from, search by:
Subject (thriller, humour), Collection (most downloaded, just returned, audio, new), Level.
We’ll be adding titles to the collection on a regular basis and it’s easy to download – Downloading instructions
All downloads are FREE, and you can download up to 6 titles for 21 days.
Place a hold if a title you like is already out. that’s free too.
You just need library membership and a PIN number (if you’re a member but don’t have a PIN you can easily get one from your library) Enjoy!