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Steve Leveen
Steve Leveen is the Chairman and co-founder of Levenger, the first company in America to design products with readers in mind. The company’s offerings include high-quality notebooks, pens, leather goods, and products that work with iPads and smartphones. Levenger also has a publishing arm specializing in collector editions of historically important books.

Steve confessed in his book The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life that he came late to the bookshelf. But he has made up for lost time, becoming an early proponent of audiobooks, an ardent champion of permission-based reading, and a steadfast supporter of libraries.

Steve earned his bachelor’s in biology in his hometown at the University of California-San Diego, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Cornell. His articles on the human side of technology have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor.

Steve serves on the boards of the National Book Foundation and of the Conscious Capitalism organization. He also serves in education roles for the World Presidents' Organization. Steve and his wife, Lori, who co-founded Levenger, have two sons and live in Delray Beach, Florida, where Levenger is headquartered.

Entries by Steve Leveen

Success in Midlife and Afterlife: At Sea with P.D. James

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 2:25 PM

When I boarded the Queen Elizabeth 2 at Southampton, UK, for my first Atlantic crossing in August 2002, I felt like an impostor.

We had invited Levenger customers to join me on an Authors' Cruise, and they had accepted. Or at least, 25 of them had, which was enough that...

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Will Google Pluto Berlitz?

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 3:10 PM

When some people hear I'm studying Spanish, they say, "Why bother? Pretty soon we'll have Google Glass, or Google Implant, to do the translation for us."

Is it true?

Will we listen to a Chinese speaker and hear English? Will we speak English and have it come out as Russian?...

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Old Family Recipe for a Thanksgiving of Books

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:40 AM


Being no cook, I offer no recipes for oyster stuffing or pumpkin tarts, but I am going to share my recipe for cooking up a Thanksgiving of books, and you're welcome to it.

I like my books most any way: electronic, audio and...

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'Learn French in 10 Years!'

(14) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The typical language-learning ad promises you will "Learn French in 10 Days!" I understand such impatience. When my airplane finally pulls up to the gate, I want to get off just as fast as the next guy.

But if you truly want to learn your next language, a better plan...

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America the Bilingually Beautiful

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Mere seconds after Coca-Cola's 60-second Super Bowl ad faded out with "America is Beautiful," morphing to the Twitter hashtag #AmericaisBeautiful, the social media ignited.

"Honestly Coke, if you're going for patriotism don't have a bunch of foreigners singing my song," wrote one critic.


"If you're gonna sing a...

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How Lewis Carroll Can Improve Your Email

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Lewis Carroll didn't live to see the 20th century, let alone the advent of email, but he knew a few things about correspondence. In the course of his career he wrote and received 98,721 letters (we know the precise count thanks to a special letter register he devised to keep...

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Early to Rise: My father and Ben Franklin Were Right

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 11:59 AM

Morning over the MountainsMy friend Julie van Amerongen, whom I met through our association with Conscious Capitalism, asked me to participate in her intriguing study of

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Today's Carbon Paper: It's Probably in Your Pocket or Bag Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 5:49 PM

Carbon PaperIn my old paper files, pre-1983, I have some artifacts not seen much since: genuine carbon copies. For those younger than 40, that little abbreviation of cc, ever-present in email...

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7 Practices for Finding the Time to Read

(7) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 6:30 PM

It's easy to find more time to read: all you have to do is pick up a book you can't put down.

Then repeat.

Sounds like I'm kidding, but I'm serious. So how do you find those books you can't put down? Start by picking up books you...

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Dedicated to Handwriting

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 7:28 PM

On August 24, in the 12th year of this 21st century, an unusual monument was unveiled in front of the Ashtabula County Courthouse in Geneva, Ohio. That the monument was dedicated to a citizen who passed away 148 years ago was unusual enough, but what is hard to believe, in...

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Turning the Page on How We Read

(20) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 1:15 PM

While sitting in a waiting room recently, I observed an elderly couple reading. The man tilted his head toward the woman and asked, "What percent are you?"

"Fifty-two," she said.

"Eighty-five," he responded.

The two went back to their e-readers.

Welcome to the new bookspeak. In e-reader lexicon, instead of...

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When Government and Business Get It Really Right -- Together

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 12:57 PM

In a downtown office building in Phoenix last month, five librarians answering questions from two visiting CEOs admitted to stealing from businesses. They confessed to violating basic tenets of their profession. And under questioning, they confirmed that other librarians around the country were emulating them, particularly after their alleged misdeeds...

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National Poetry Month 2011: Meryl Streep Reads a Poem

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 4:57 PM

I'm not proud to admit it, but I didn't have the best attitude about attending my wife's recent college reunion. I felt a degree of enthusiasm probably typical of spouses attending such events. "Are you sure you want me to go?" I asked Lori a few too many times, despite...

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The Best Protection When Riding Your Bike? A Book!

(6) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 4:42 PM

"Get a bicycle," advised Mark Twain. "You will not regret it, if you live."

When people hear I ride my bike on A1A, our narrow coastal road here in Florida, they share with me, with more regularity than I like, their stories of family members or friends who were badly...

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E-books: What Would da Vinci Say? Ross King's New Reading

(9) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:11 PM

The Fantasia of Leonardo da VinciWe're more than proud to say that Levenger Press has just published a new work by bestselling author...

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Seven Ways Electronic Books Will Make Us Better Readers

(30) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 4:55 PM

In this transitional era, when the world is moving from paper to electronic books, I hear many people say, "But I love my paper books..." So do I, and my business depends on selling products to people who love books. But iPads, Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers have demonstrated that...

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What the Famous Did for Love

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 1:11 PM

Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle used the down time in his medical office to write detective stories. Isaac Newton worked for more than 25 years at a job in the Royal Mint, helping to prosecute counterfeiters and putting England on the gold standard.

The novelist Anthony Trollope got better at his...

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The End of the Bookstore?

(13) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 3:31 PM

Some said they would disappear, be out-boxed by the big-box bookstores in the twentieth century, or outmoded by digital books in the twenty-first. And yet here they are, a smaller cadre than 20 years ago, to be sure, but still here.

Welcome to your independent community bookstore.

For a...

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Will Paper Books Go the Way of the Silent Film? Change in the Air at BookExpo America

(6) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 1:51 PM

The other night my family and I watched on DVD "The Day After Tomorrow," a disaster thriller made in 2004 about the calamitous effects of global warming. While only six years old, the movie dated itself with its computer monitors the size of Coleman coolers. It made me wonder what...

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Learn Your Second Language and Enjoy the Journey

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:29 PM

It's a long road to becoming proficient in another language; enjoy the journey.When people hear I'm studying Spanish, they often...

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