Monday, July 29, 2013

The Debate Remains: Hardcover/Paperback vs. e-readers

As technology continues to advance, the literary world has changed with it.

From hardcovers and paperbacks to the desktop and laptops to the  Nook, Kindle to Apple, Microsoft tablets, the world has more ways to read now more than ever.

What is your favorite method? electronically or the traditionalism of hardcover or paperback?

Interestingly enough, as I talk to e-reader fans, it's been discovered that some readers can't recall the title or author of the book they're reading! Could it be that they're not holding an actual book and can't see the cover, title, author's name each time they read?  Who knows.

With society's love of nostalgia and comfort of history and things from days gone by, physical books will remain. Look at the success of used book stores across the nation, one in particular, Half Price Books, who buys and sells not only books, but anything printed or recorded. Books, Albums, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, Cassettes and even, dare I say, 8-track tapes?  Yes, at one location this weekend, I saw several and asked, "Do people actually still buy these?"  The response: "yes, mostly from people who restore old cars that have the player still inside.."  Interesting I thought.

Lets look at the demise of vinyl. It died, but as witnessed in the last few years, it's making a comeback. Our love for nostalgia remains.  But as streaming and downloading of movies is on the rise through Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc., and iTunes for music, one can simply walk through a Barnes and Noble  music and movie section and see how our buying methods are changing.

But back to books. Regardless of one's reading preference, there's one experience that can't be debated and will remain:

Meeting an author and a signed/inscribed book.

How does an author sign an electronic book and how does a reader replace the experience of a book signing, visiting with the author and receiving a signed book if they chose to read through an eReader?

You can't.  And I haven't. The pleasure of a book signing remains! Sure you can order a signed book off the web, but....

Can you look in the author's eyes and say, "What's your book about?"  Just as I did this past weekend:

Theory of Remainders by Scott Dominic Carpenter.

Description of book from the inside flap:  A suspenseful literary novel set in the lush backgrounds of Normandy, Theory of Remainders explores the secret ties between love, trauma, and language."

Author bio from back inside flap: Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches French literature and critical theory at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. His fiction has appeared in a broad array of literary journals, and his collection of short stories, This Jealous Earth, came out in 2013. 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

"Let the River Run.." and your emotions will flow!

Paddling around the web, looking for something, can't remember what, I clicked on a link regarding Carly Simon.  Having not kept up with her music for some time, I streamed through websites, learning more and more until...

I anchored on an interesting page.

The United Kingdom's inaugural City of Culture award and a video promoting the winning city of Derry~ Londonderry with Carly's song, "Let the River Run" as the soundtrack.

You know the feeling.  We've all felt it. When you hear, read, or see something that...moves you. Chills, goose bumps, watery eyes. Passion. We've all felt it.

A voice emerges early in this film. A voice that will move you. Lead vocals from a virtual unknown. Vocals from a beautiful, young woman from Ireland. One album, CD or iTune, whatever you want to call it. One things for certain when you hear, Mairead Carlin, you'll want to call her, angelic.

The video is a extraordinary montage of culture, diversity, music, art, dance and the love a city has for it's own.  Carly Simon upon viewing said, " I just played it and cried my eyes out and am still crying. It's absolutely stunningly wonderful. Thank you for doing me proud. Every one of those singers and players and dancers added the spirit that I only imagined could possibly be added in my dreams. There is so much light here that I know we'll get to the new Jerusalem!!! " *

Bravo to the UK for starting this program.

 Video: Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013

Mairead Carlin:

"Let the River Run..." and your emotions will flow!

Let The River Run:

... Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

Silver cities rise,
The morning lights
The streets that meet them,
And sirens call them on
With a song.

It's asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

We the great and small
Stand on a star
And blaze a trail of desire
Through the dark'ning dawn.

It's asking for the taking.
Come run with me now,
The sky is the color of blue
You've never even seen
In the eyes of your lover.

Oh, my heart is aching.
We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

It's asking for the taking.
Trembling, shaking.
Oh, my heart is aching.

We're coming to the edge,
Running on the water,
Coming through the fog,
Your sons and daughters.

Let the river run,
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation.
Come, the New Jerusalem.

* from Carly's website

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Everywhere I go and Everywhere that I went...

Everywhere I go and everywhere I went, I'd look for and/or talk about books.



Grocery stores

Drinks/dinner with friends

Drinks/dinner with strangers



St. Louis





Every bookstore I go to and every book store I went to,  I kept seeing this author: Lisa Scot-to-line, Lisa Scottoline, but I've never read her.  Author of twenty lawyer-esque mystery's based mostly in Philly, Ms. Scottoline has been quite successful both in and out of the literary world.

Twenty books. That's a lot.  If you've ever tried to write a book ( full disclosure, I have) it's not easy. It's downright hard. So twenty best sellers, she must be good, right.

You darn tootin' she's good. 

So, as I most often do, call it an addiction, I'll buy all the books of an author than categorically file them in my fiction section or non fiction based on the genre and subject matter, of my library (guesstimated to be 4,000) with the pleasurable intention of reading them some day.  So with Ms. Scottoline, I did just that. Well, over the course of a few years I did.

 I would pick up one or a few of her books at Barnes and Noble STORE, not a web site, or at HalfPrice Books, again a STORE not a website.  ( caps used for emphasis of the love of a book STORE and all that it entails). Until just this past spring I had all of hers. Yes all twenty of them. She has also written four non-fiction books which I've yet to pick up during my journey.

As I'm writing this blog and taking a photo to include, I discovered this shocking dilemma: I don't have all of them...yet!  I'm missing two. Everywhere that I went I was certain I had all of her books.

But until that next exciting trip to the bookstore( visited two today) to complete my Scottoline selection, I'll continue reading what I have, so that everywhere I go and everywhere that I went I can say I have read or at least have all of her books.

And...Everywhere That Mary Went she might have too.  Who's Mary? She's the character in Scottoline's first fictional tale, the title? Yep you guessed it:

Everywhere That Mary Went

For a complete and chronological list of books visit her website: Lisa Scottoline

Happy Reading,

PS. Teach a Child to read and their world will be endless.