Read books to live longer
Book readers live longer than non-readers according research.
More than 3,500 people over the age of 50 participated in a large health study, answering questions about reading. In the 12 years of follow up, compared to non-readers, those who read more than three and a half hours a week are 23% less likely to die. Book readers lived an average of nearly two years longer than non-readers.
You can read newspapers and magazines and still out-live non-readers, but not as long as book readers.
According to Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale:
People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read. And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.
Read more about the study here and here.
About those upgrades
Please! No more updates until you have them perfected. The last few have been disasters.
Remember the one you sent to my 8.9” Kindle Fire that caused my device to deregister? Admittedly, it was an inconvenience to get that fixed, but my Fire has never been the same. New books, apps, and music no longer appear on the carousel. Strangely, audiobooks do.
I’ve tried to convince the Fire to correct itself by rebooting, deregistering/re-registering and sending new books directly to it. The book I sent directly appeared on the Books tab, but not the carousel. I’ve accepted that I will not have the Fire I once had.
Recently my everyday reader, the Voyage, has been giving me fits. I wanted to remove a newly download book from the home page. “Remove from Device” was not available. The option was “Delete this Book.” You may not know this, but if I choose to delete a book, my Voyage will never be able to find it again. The book is in my Amazon archive and I can send it to the device from Amazon’s website, but my Voyage will not retrieve it.
I rebooted the Voyage and had the Remove from Device option for a few books. New books downloads required a reboot to bring Remove from Device back.
Being a dutiful Kindle owner, I went to the support page
and looked for updates. A new version was available and I downloaded it to my laptop and side-loaded it to my Voyage. Surely my frustrations were gone!
No, things were worse. The publisher’s book covers no longer appeared. The title and author appeared in cover-shaped box. Remove from Device is available on some books, but not all.
I spoke to a customer care rep and explained to him what happened and he told me that according to the manual, only Remove from Device is available. I can’t have a Delete this Book option because it isn’t on his list. Sigh. That’s a whole ‘nother column.
This last week the book covers have returned. I’m still frustrated at not being able to remove books from my home page.
Amazon, I’ll be happy to be a beta user of your updates. I will find those bugs before you push to users and all of us will have a better experience.
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This collection bundles two of Randy Singer’s best-selling inspirational legal thrillers into one e-book for one low price of $3.99.
False Witness: Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm—an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption.
Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the government and have the encrypted algorithm in their possession. Caught in the middle, Jamie and her friends must protect their clients if they want to survive long enough to graduate.
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From best-selling novelist Beth Wiseman, three complete stories about living and loving plain in Lancaster County. Buy this three-novel bundle for only 99 cents today.
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THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR COLLECTION brings together three engrossing novels in the widely acclaimed and much loved Knights Templar series. Escape into the evocative medieval world of Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, as you join them on the suspenseful trail of three murder mysteries. Buy the bundle for $2.99 today.
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THE OUTLAWS OF ENNOR: On return from pilgrimage, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Bailiff Simon Puttock’s ship is attacked by pirates, and Simon sees Baldwin washed overboard. On the island of Ennor, Simon must investigate the murder of the island’s hated tax collector.
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In Needled to Death, Kelly visits her friend Vickie’s alpaca farm, and finds her splayed out on her original hand-woven rug, blood seeping into the design. Kelly can’t resist investigating-even if it means taking a break from the sweater she’s been knitting in the round.
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