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Newsletter #38                                                    Oct 2014
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Quotes
The world is a great big book, of which those who never travel read only one page.
-Augustine

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
-Francis Bacon

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
-John Burroughs

I feel like with e-books, you often just get a meal on the same white plate as all the other meals. But a nice hardcover is like having a place setting, having dinnerware selected to suit the food. The story is still the main thing you're there for, but the choices around it — the paper stock, the way the book is typeset, the selection of fonts — they add their own subtle flavors to the experience of that story.
-Jack Cheng

A good book has no ending.
-RD Cumming

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
-Robertson Davies

A good book is the best of friends.
-Robin Doak

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
-Elizabeth Drew

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
-Charles W Eliot

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.
-Cornelia Funke

In order to write well you must read. Read to find out about the worlds of others. Writing and reading nurture each other.
-Deborah J Haynes

It is not true that we have only one life to live. If we can read, we can lives as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
-SI Hayakawae

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that it all happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you.
-Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book. -Ernest Hemingway
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
-Franz Kafka

Books fall open, you fall in, delighted where you've never been.
-John Keats

It's more fun writing bad books than reading good ones.
-Werner Lansburgh

You can cover a great deal of country in books.
-Andrew Lang

A book is a present you can open again and again.
-Barry Leibman

We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.
-Ursula K LeGuin

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
-Michel de Montaigne

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
-Christopher Morley

Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
-Kathleen Norris

The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching toward infinity and this passion is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish.
-Edward Norton

Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
-Austin Phelps

People who need to possess the physical copy of a book, not merely an electronic version, believe that the objects themselves are sacred.
-Joe Queenan

Books are the plane, the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.
-Anna Quindlen

Books are like doorways or windows into other ways of being.
-Sark

Inside the book, between the lines, was a place to rest and absorb the magic.
-Sark

Books are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, then we grow out of 'em and leave 'em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.
-Dorothy L Sayers

I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage.
-Charles de Secondat

Enough, Friend. If you want to read on, then go, yourself become the book and its essence.
-Angelus Silesius
 
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
-Edith Sitwell
 
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
-Logan Pearsall Smith

No furniture is so charming as books.
-Sydney Smith

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
-Richard Steele

My home is where my books are.
-Ellen Thompson
 
Make thy books thy companions. Let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure grounds and gardens.
-Juda ibn Tibbon
 
Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers.
-Harry Truman

A book is a garden carried in the pocket.
-Unknown

Owning an e-reader does not mean that I don’t appreciate my books. It means I can’t stand to be without them.
–Unknown
 
Books, the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.
-Unknown

With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.
-Lope de Vega
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 Are You Bi-Book Yet?
COMPARING P-BOOKS* WITH E-BOOKS**
 
Anyone who has visited my home knows that I have a great passion for books. I have thousands of them. They are everywhere, stuffed into every room and into cupboard space. Books are my best friends. Most of the time, I prefer to sit with a really good book than to be out socializing with humans.

Because of my love for books, I was very resistant to, perhaps even afraid of, digital books for the longest time. However, since there are now some books that are only available in digital format, I saw the handwriting on the wall. I must give in and purchase an e-reader. When I did finally purchase an e-reader, I was rocked by how versatile they were. Best of all, there is absolutely no better way to travel than with an e-reader chock full of books. I used to carry half a suitcase of books whenever I traveled and as you can imagine the weight of these books can add up quite quickly.

I can’t imagine myself sitting for hours in airports and on planes with nothing to occupy my mind other than my own thoughts so I always take more books than I actually need as insurance that I would not run out of reading material. Now I can board the plane with one little e-reader weighing 7 ounces and yet have a thousand books on it, which leaves more room for clothes or souvenirs in my luggage.

It then began to dawn on me that I could have the best of both worlds. Just because I had an e-reader, didn’t mean I had to forego my collection of p-books. Both paper and digital have their own benefits. I now have three categories for my books:

1. Reference books I want to keep forever I will buy as p-books.
2. Books that I will read only once (and then give away) I will buy as e-books.
3. Those books that I refer to quite frequently will be bought as p-books and e-books so that wherever I am, I have access to the book.

The technology of the book is not similar to that of music or movies where the evolution was from vinyl to tape to CD/DVD to digital. Here each subsequent generation was a big jump in quality and convenience. But e-books are not simply a better format replacing an inferior one; they offer a wholly different experience. So I predict that p-books and e-books are going to co-exist.

I am now proud to say I am bibook. I love books in any form. Books are my best friends. They are my entertainment, my escape, and my ecstasy. In the end, it’s not really important in what format we read, only that we do read.

In the following section I list 22 advantages of both book formats so that you can decide which form is best for you.

*P-book = Paper or printed book.
**E-book = Electronic or digital book.
 

ADVANTAGES OF E-BOOKS
  • E-books save space.
  • E-books are cheaper. Many are free. (However, the initial cost of the reader should be factored in.)
  • E-books save on resources such as paper.
  • E-books are convenient.
  • E-books have multimedia and interactive capabilities.
  • E-books can be stored online in the cloud and so never lost or destroyed.
  • E-books can be accessed from multiple sources such as smartphone, reader, tablet, or computer. 
  • E-books are more private because the cover is not visible to others and they can be password protected.
  • E-books are searchable.
  • E-book authors can receive more profit per book due to cheaper production costs.
  • E-readers are usually lighter and smaller to hold than a book.
  • E-readers can have dictionaries and other resources available at a finger’s tap. 
  • E-readers can instantly translate words into other languages.
  • E-readers may allow you to read footnotes without changing the page or losing your place in the book. 
  • E-readers can store over a thousand books on one half pound device. 
  • E-readers are backlit so they can be read in any lighting.
  • E-readers can adjust text size and font. 
  • E-readers estimate how much time is left to the end of the chapter based on your personal reading speed.
  • E-readers give access to newspapers and magazines.
  • Many ebooks are sold nowadays with bonuses, which you usually do not get with a p-book.
  • Buying e-books online is instantaneous and there are no shipping costs.
  • Some e-books are not published in paper form.
ADVANTAGES OF P-BOOKS
  • P-books don’t break when dropped.
  • P-books do not have glare like many screens.
  • P-books won’t malfunction, break down, or be subjected to viruses.
  • P-books never have to be charged.
  • P-books don’t require technology and don’t produce e-waste.
  • P-books don’t require looking at a screen that is emitting radiation.
  • P-books can be signed, numbered, and printed with beautiful bindings.
  • P-books can be used as decoration in homes and offices.
  • P-books are easier to borrow and lend.
  • P-books have a kinesthetic experience of holding a book, turning pages, and flipping forward and backward.
  • P-books have physical beauty.
  • P-books have smell, feel, and weight.
  • P-books are collectible.
  • P-books can be written in more easily.
  • P-books are nostalgic.
  • P-books are easy to use. You just open them up.
  • P-books require no power sources.
  • P-books have no digital licensing restrictions to sharing.
  • The value of p-books can rise in time.
  • Multiple books can be worked on easily at once.
  • One statistic reports that people read faster in print form than digital form.
  • Some p-books are not published in digital form, especially older titles.
 
 
RECOMMENDED READING
 
At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries by Estelle Ellis

The Book: A Global History by Michael F. Suarez S.J. & H. R. Woudhuysen

The Book: The Life Story of a Technology by Nicole Howard
The Book History Reader by David Finkelstein & Alistair McCleery

Books: A Living History by Martyn Lyons

The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart A P Murray, Nicholas A. Basbanes, & Donald G. Davis

The Library: A World History by James W. P. Campbell
One for the Books by Joe Queenan

A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books by Harold Rabinowitz, Rob Kaplan, & Ray Bradbury

This Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson
 
 
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