This is a student documentary project exploring the world of print. It will stir your thoughts and hopefully elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts. It is for people who are still passionate about reading on paper.
While three-quarters of the nation's public libraries now offer e-book lending
services, their patrons may still lack awareness of the full range of options
available. A phone survey of 2,986 Americans--ages 16 and older--conducted by
the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project from November 16
to December 21, 2011, found that only 12% had borrowed an e-book from a library
during the previous year and 62% did not know whether their library offered
e-book lending (our library does free downloads/click here icon on the left).
According to the survey, 58% of respondents have a library card and 69% consider
the library important to them and their family. Also of note:
58% of all library cardholders do not know if their library provides e-book
53% of all tablet computer owners do not know if their library lends
48% of all owners of e-book reading devices do not know if their library
47% of all those who read an e-book in the past year do not know if their
library lends e-books.
"It was a genuine surprise to see these
data, especially after all of the attention that has been paid to the tension
between libraries and major book publishers about whether many of the most
popular books should be available for lending by libraries," said Lee Rainie,
director of the Pew Internet Project.
The Pew survey found that e-book
borrowers read an average (the mean number) of 29 borrowed or purchased books
during the past year in all formats (e-book, printed book, audiobook), compared
to 23 books for readers who do not borrow e-books from a library. The median
(midpoint) figures for books reportedly read are 20 in the past year by e-book
borrowers and 12 by non-borrowers.
Asked about the most recent book they
had read, 41% of those who borrow e-books from libraries purchased their most
Among e-book readers who also have library cards, 55%
prefer to buy e-books, while 36% prefer borrowing them from any source (friends
or libraries). For library card holders, 46% prefer to buy print books and 45%
prefer to borrow print books. When it comes to e-book borrowers, 33% say they
generally prefer to buy e-books and 57% say they generally prefer to borrow
Regarding e-title availability, 32% of e-book borrowers say the
selection at their library is "good," 18% "very good" and 16% "excellent," with
23% calling the selection "fair," 4% "poor" and 8% saying they don’t know.
Other notable findings:
18% of e-book borrowers say at one point or another they found that an
e-book they were interested in was not compatible with the e-reading device they
46% of those who do not currently borrow e-books from libraries would be
"very" or "somewhat" likely to borrow an e-reading device that came loaded with
a book they wanted to read.
32% of those who do not currently borrow e-books would be "very" or
"somewhat" likely to take a library class on how to download e-books onto
32% of those who do not currently borrow e-books say they would be "very" or
"somewhat" likely to take a course at a library in how to use an e-reader or
Kathryn Zickuhr, a research specialist at the Pew Internet Project, said the
findings suggest ways that libraries might be able to build awareness: "First,
these data show that public education campaigns might add to the numbers of
those who are aware that e-books can be borrowed and enjoyed on new technology
like tablet computers and e-book reading devices. Second, the data show that a
share of patrons would appreciate being helped in their quest to master new
devices and load e-books onto them."
(If you have any trouble at all with accessing e-reader content, I urge you to contact your local library. They are there to help you in any way possible.)
I was not familiar with Charles Martin as an author, but a patron at the library recommended him highly, and I decided to read this particular book of his based on a quote on the back of the book from Library Journal that said: "Martin's engaging Southern family drama will have crossover appeal for readers of Pat Conroy. It deserves a place in all collections."
Pat Conroy has always been one of my favorite authors, so I decided to see what I thought about Martin and his style of writing. First let me say, I LOVED this book. It is a very moving story that illustrates beautifully some of my favorite verses from the bible--1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Tucker Mason is a photographer of international fame who has seen life in all its beauty and tragedy. When his brother escapes from a mental institution and an old girlfriend appears with a son and a black eye, Tucker is forced to go back home where he will have to face the pain of his own past. Growing up in the home of an abusive, alcoholic father in rural Alabama, the best thing his father ever did for Tucker was hire Miss Ella Rain to look after them.
Miss Ella is my favorite character from the book, and her timeless words of wisdom about the redeeming power of love are infused in just about every page and indelibly written on Tucker's heart. Here's just one brief example: "Light doesn’t have to announce its way into a room or ask the darkness to leave. It just is. It walks ahead of you, and the darkness rolls back like a tide." Like that? Here's another: "Child," she said placing her head to mine and her callused fingers on my cheek, "you can whip it and beat it senseless, you can drag it through the streets and spit on it, you can even dangle it from a tree, drive spikes through it, and drain the last breath from it, but in the end, no matter what you do, and no matter how hard you try to kill it, love wins."
This book touched me to my core from the very first pages. I did not want to put it down. Thought provoking and beautifully written.
Good books. Good times. Good stories. Good rhymes. Good beginnings. Good ends. Good people. Good friends. Good fiction. Good facts. Good adventures. Good acts. Good stories. Good rhymes. Good books. Good times.
Yeah, Reading is Sexy
A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat
All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
How Now Shall We Live by Charles Colson
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Parchment of Leaves by Silas House
River of Earth by James Still
Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A. J. Jacobs
The Mitford series by Jan Karon
The Stand by Stephen King
This quote from Eudora Welty captures perfectly how I feel about books and reading
"I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself."
Get Caught Reading
Want to find time to read? Fall in book love. Seek out the books that fire your passions. Follow your intellect and your heart. Then time will find you. ...Steve Leveen
Stop thinking this is all there is...
Realize that for every ongoing war and religious outrage and environmental devastation, there are a thousand counter-balancing acts of staggering generosity and humanity and art and beauty happening all over the world, right now, on a breathtaking scale, from flower box to cathedral.
Resist the temptation to drown in fatalism, to shake your head and sigh and just throw in the karmic towel.
Realize that this is the perfect moment to change the energy of the world, to step right up and crank your personal volume; right when it all seems dark and bitter and offensive and acrimonious and conflicted and bilious...there's your opening!
And, finally, believe you are part of a groundswell, a resistance, a seemingly small but actually very, very large impending karmic overhaul, a great shift, the beginning of something important and potent and unstoppable.
...Mark Morford, Newspaper Columnist and Yoga Instructor
CONAN THE LIBRARIAN
I read as if time were running out, because technically it is. As I grow older, I find I'm increasingly impatient with mediocre entertainments: I want books that will take my breath away and realign my vision...Barbara Kingsolver
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill...Barbara Techman (Writer)
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul...Samuel Ullman
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order...John Adams, 2nd President of the U.S.
Every page allows me to live in the main character's thoughts and marvel at how all of us who grew up poor and female are bonded, regardless of where we were raised or who raised us. I not only feel I know this person, but I also recognize more of myself. That's just one of the great joys of reading. Insight, escape, information, knowledge, power. All that and more can come through a good book...If you're going to binge, literature is definitely the way to do it...Oprah Winfrey
"I'm of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved."
Asking a Librarian her favorite book is like asking a Mother her favorite child
So you want to become a librarian? Welcome to a vibrant and exciting profession. Click here.
The best of all things is to learn. Money can be lost or stolen. Health and strength may fail. But what you have committed to your mind, is yours forever...Louis Lamour
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.Just get people to stop reading them. ..... Ray Bradbury
I LOVE NEIL GAIMAN
Do yourself a favor and read American Gods, Anansi Boys, Fragile Things, Smoke & Mirrors, The Graveyard Book, MirrorMask, or Good Omens
Love the Fantasy/SciFi genre
Many good authors to try, John Scalzi is one of the newer ones
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, interesting...Aldous Huxley
The Chronicles of Narnia are an excellent read!
I was an adult before I read these books...how sad...
BOOKS: The Other Channel
My lifelong love affair with books and reading continues unaffected by automation, computers, and all other forms of the twentieth-century gadgetry. — Books in My Life Robert DOWNS (1903- )
A room without books is like a body without a soul. .....Marcus T. Cicero
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. ......Gaston Bachelard
The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries. — Cosmos Carl SAGAN
The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one's devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life. — Cited in ALA Bulletin, Oct. 1954, p.475 Norman COUSINS (1915- )