Saturday, March 29, 2014

No need to Choose Between eBooks and Your Book Shelf

“I don't choose between my house phone and my mobile. I don't choose between my laptop and my notebook. And I don't intend to choose between my e-reader and my bookshelf.”
― Sara Sheridan

While I am now only buying eBooks, I have no intention of getting rid of my lovely physical library. Sheridan makes a great point that one size doesn't fit all and that the use of eBooks doesn't preclude us from enjoying the paper versions as well.


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Aladdin's eReader

Consider the millions who are buying those modern Aladdin’s lamps called e-readers. These magical devices, ever more beautiful and nimble in design, have only to be lightly rubbed for the genie of literature to be summoned.”
― Steve Wasserman

What a great idea and so true. I love eBooks, I love eReaders!!

The genie of literature - that is magic. Transformation of experience by some spinning electrons and eInk.

Happy Reading


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Saturday, March 22, 2014

An Authors View on eBooks

“I am completely unflustered by whichever medium people choose to read my words. I'm just delighted they're reading them at all!”
― Sara Sheridan

Basically books are written in words and whether we read them on paper or electronically doesn't change the meaning that the author is trying to convey.

Most reading activity happens betwixt the book and the brain and depends on how we filter the words.

I am agnostic as to the media as I am to how my food is dished up - I don't eat the plate but the food.


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Childhood Reading - a View

“The books of our childhood offer a vivid door to our own pasts, and not necessarily for the stories we read there, but for the memories of where we were and who we were when we were reading them; to remember a book is to remember the child who read that book.”

― Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History

I can still remember the excitement of reading Coral Island when I was a young boy (48 years ago). The book, while having gory parts related to cannibalism, was a very gripping read. Thinking back I can remember the boy I was and my passion for reading. I always loved to go to bed early so that I could read. When I was a teenager, while my friends were out about town, I was in bed with a cake of chocolate, a bag of peppermints, my books and my imagination. I dropped the chocolate and peppermints decades ago but it is still a pleasure to read in bed, bliss!



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Life without a Kindle...

“Life without a Kindle is like life without a library nearby.”

― Franz S. McLaren, Home Lost

I love the Kindle software on my iPad and the fact that my library is always with me. As a book lover - both physical and eBooks it is great to have both kinds of libraries.

Reading is my top pleasure in life and the comfort of having an extensive digital library at my fingertips is reassuring.

My dear wife now knows that if she wants me to come shopping (to carry the bags at the end) she only has to offer to sit me in a coffee shop with my iPad and I will happily spend hours reading.

Books + Coffee = Peace of MInd.



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Friday, March 7, 2014

Deschooling Society - Education for Social Control

“School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is.”
– Ivan Illich, “Deschooling Society”

Illich raises a germane point in his quote above. School maintains the social status quo so that people do not question why society is as it is, and who controls it. This is at odds with the concept and meaning of education.

Why is it that regimes burn books? It is because reading sets people free and exposes them to new ideas. We drug our children's minds at school so that they conform and learn not to question. This is why schools are so important to those who control society (the military-industrial-political complex). Schools are needed, not to educate but to control.

This also explains the flak that comes from the establishment when home-schooling is discussed. Home-schooling, deschooling and unschooling all pose a serious threat to the status quo because they turn out engaged and questioning, self motivated learners. I would suggest that any critics reading this post should get out and meet some of these kids. Be prepared to be very scared. These kids are not afraid of adults, do not accept things at face value and are usually not impressed by what conventional society has on offer.

Imagine a generation of children who are not interested in spending hours in front of the TV or playing video games. Who are not exposed to all of the advertising that brainwashes people and contribute to their feelings of inadequacy. How refreshing to talk to young people who are interested and engaged within their communities and families.

They may turn the age...


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