I love books almost as much for their book covers as I do their actual books. A well-designed book cover matches the intent and spirit of the story, and can often enhance the experience of reading it.
The annual Rockcliffe Park Book Fair is on this weekend here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It started Friday morning (November 4th) and runs until Sunday. The Rockcliffe Park area is where we keep our mansions and the book fair is right in the middle of it all. With the exception of the collectables, prices range from $0.50 for paperback fiction to $4 for some hard cover fiction. I once bought a delightful, massive tome entitled the Encyclopedia of Space for $1 - bargoon!
Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and I really miss his voice. In this video, he humorously talks about the different shapes of stories. (Or maybe not so different.)
Don't you ever interrupt me when I'm reading a book!
I don't know that there is much more to say. Christopher Walken reads the children's classic 3 Little Pigs.
Audio Book Streams, Classic SciFi Television Streams and Nightly Streams of Classic Art Bell Broadcasts. The streams consist of books consisting of Science Fiction, Classic TV Shows and Future Books. Each night also includes streams of Art Bell broadcasts for Dreamland and Coast to Coast AM.
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This bookcase is so gorgeous. I wonder what it'll look like all filled up. It's a great visual reminder to actually read the books you have.
Guan Yin is the Goddess of Mercy in Buddhist mythology. It's interesting that Laramee names his book sculptures after her - he claims to have been thinking and meditating on the devastating images that came after the Japanese tsunami.
Shelfari is a cool free widget that allows users to install a virtual bookshelf with custom picks on most blogs and social networks (Blogger, Typepad, Wordpress.com and more). Appears to be owned by Amazon; check it out.
Everyone knows who Charles Dickens is—the famous English author responsible for such iconic novels as Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol and The Adventures of Oliver Twist. But what if this Victorian era novelist (who died in 1870) was resurrected into today’s futuristic world? How would you explain the concept of a technology he’s never seen before? Even something that perfectly fits his area of expertise—books? How would you elucidate the Amazon Kindle?
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This application lets you send web pages to your Kindle instantly.
I've had my Kindle e-reader for quite some time now, and I really do love it. I like playing Scrabble on it, and I like being able to slip one device into my purse that I can pull out and read any novel from my library wherever I am. I especially like that it is NOT a tablet, which seems to be what some of the other e-readers are trying to do. However, there is one big annoying problem: DRM.
Bob Rae's book, Exporting Democracy - The Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Good Idea, is a good read, however, I found its title misleading. The title and description on the jacket would lead you to believe that it's about efforts over the years to spread democracy, but only a small portion, namely involving Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, is really about that. And I don't think I was alone in thinking this. In the acknowledgements at the end it's stated that a comment on an earlier draft was...
Michael Belfiore's book, Rocketeers - How a visionary band of business leaders, engineers, and pilots is boldly privatizing space, answers just what the subheading asks.
Some of my favorites: Kurt Vonnegut:
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In case you haven't heard of it, The Guild is an internet phenomenon created by Felicia Day and a host of other very talented people. It started out as a sitcom web series called The Guild that released its fourth season in 2010. The series has also spawned music videos such as Do You Wanna Date My Avatar and Game On and many other wonderful offshoots. It's also won a few awards over the years.The Guild consists of six main character who play an online role playing game together (MMORPG) but ...
Note: Little Brother is available as a free ebook download. Warnings
KCRW is our local news station, and they also host a bunch of different podcasts that are usually pretty interesting. Last night they were talking about ereaders and the physical book and how the publishing industry is moving forward. It's a great discussion.
I started writing when I was around 12 years old, beginning with stories around 11 pages long. Then I graduated to 40 page stories. I even sent one to Lucasfilm, my suggestion for the next to be made film in the Star Wars series, Revenge of the Jedi. Yes, I said "Revenge". I don't care what George Lucas says, that's what everyone was originally calling what became Return of the Jedi. I still have the envelope and nice letter from them saying they don't read unsolicited material but keep writi...
I said I'd take a break from non-fiction and read a fiction book next and so I did in the form of Return to Mars by Ben Bova. Return to Mars is the sequel to his book, Mars, and continues from where that one left off. Together they are a part of his Grand Tour series of novels, novels taking place throughout the Solar System.This book is true science fiction. It keeps to plausible, and near future science. In fact some of the strategies used in getting to and surviving on Mars come from the M...
Kobo Inc. has a new iPad app called Reading Life that lets you social network while you're reading. It lets you share what you're reading, favorite passages, where you are in the book, earn badges and rewards, and keep statistics.Kobo will make it available for iPad first, with a tablet version. Later, it'll support the upcoming RIM PlayBook and other smartphones.
One of the costs associated with buying an Amazon Kindle is going to be the fact that Amazon now has your info, and can track your buying habits with ease. If this is going to be a factor in your ereader purchase, you should know what you're getting into. EFF's written up a handy guide to what information different ereaders track.
The best thing about Google eBooks, besides its 3 million titles? You can read the books on any device - from your iPhone to your Sony Reader. It doesn't currently support Amazon Kindle files, but you can download the books you buy as PDFs or ePub files and then convert them on your Kindle.
We in North America have all heard the statement that the cause of the downfall of the Soviet Empire was that the US outspent them in the arms race and that bankrupted them. Of course, the sound-bites heard on TV should always be taken with a grain of salt.
Look at the banner for this Books world and you'll see books of all kinds, including cookbooks. Can you spot the two of them in the banner? One of them is pretty obvious, Betty Crocker's Cookbook. The other is actually right beside it, The Anti-Aging Plan. What's interesting about these two is that they're actually from two different periods of my life.
A book cartoon I just finished. Enjoy!
Let me take you on a book journey I went on this past summer. To me, a book journey is when you read one book which refers to another book which might hint at an intriguing subject that leads to another book and so on.