The Power of Reading: 3 Great TED Talks to Share with Students

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Books hold a deep magic, an empowering spell that once cracked open could illuminate the  entire universe of the self. Books are semiotic representations of wisdom, power, authority and intellectual prowess. From the dawn of time till today, ‘people of letters’ or ‘knowledgeable folks’ have always been revered in their societies and when they speak people listen to them. The magic of reading books is eternal and it will always remain so.

In this curated collection of TED talks we are sharing with you today, we are featuring some wonderful talks on the power of reading books. The predominant theme here is that reading books transforms one’s being and opens up new realms of knowledge and opportunities.We invite you to check them out and share with your students.

1- How books can open your mind by Lisa Bu

‘What happens when a dream you've held since childhood … doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.’

2- What we learned from 5 million books by Jean-Baptiste + Erez Lieberman Aiden

‘Have you played with Google Labs' Ngram Viewer? It's an addicting tool that lets you search for words and ideas in a database of 5 million books from across centuries. Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how it works, and a few of the surprising things we can learn from 500 billion words.’

3- Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK it is by Chip Kidd

Ever stopped mid‑aisle to examine an exciting book cover? Chip Kidd has. In his TED2012 talk, Kidd explains how he turned his love of reading and graphic design into a career designing some of the most interesting book covers in bookstores today.
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