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The importance of books for kids

Here’s a nice video where Lisa Bu describes the importance of books in her development. She  talks about her cross-cultural experience and how books have helped here understand both her original culture and her new culture. Her talk reminded me … Continue reading

Christmas present for nerds – what about science books?

Every family has members who enjoy reading non-fiction. And often they particularly enjoy science books. So there’s an idea for Christmas presents. Fortunately, this weeks announcement of the Royal Society’s Winton Prize for Science Books presents some excellent choices for … Continue reading

Print-on-demand books – what’s the hold-up?

When I first heard about print-on-demand books I thought they seems an obvious answer to problems in the book marker – at least from this consumer’s perspective. They seemed to give the ability of obtaining almost any book by getting … Continue reading

So you’re considering switching to eBooks?

Here’s a graphic I picked up from Online Universities (thanks to E-book Nation). The data is specific to the USA but I think it’s worth anyone considering possible purchase of an eBook Reader, or a tablet for reading purposes, reading … Continue reading

Cascading books

This is the sort of public art installation I love. Years ago I spent a day in Hanover waiting for a train. The public art installations there impressed me. One that seemed to gather the largest audience was a simple … Continue reading

Problems with pdf eBooks – metadata issues

I have become increasingly dependent on my eBook reader. Consequently I now have quite a few eBooks – and many of them are in the pdf format. While most eReaders will display pdf formats there can be issues. Because these … Continue reading

Some recent recommended science books

Here’s something for those who love science books, or are thinking of Christmas presents for such people (hint). It’s the latest annual short list selected by the UK Royal Society for the Winton Prize for Science Books. I think they … Continue reading

The future of books – and Santa?

There have been three common reactions to the news that theREDgroup Retail – which owns New Zealand’s Whitcoulls, Borders and Bennetts bookstores, has gone into voluntary administration (This news may not be as bad as it sounds as unlike receivership, … Continue reading

Are ebooks taking off?

Martin Taylor at eReport reports this amazing statistic (See US stats show 9% ebook share, grim news for print): The latest US book industry sales figures from the Association of American Publishers show ebooks are now tracking at 9% of … Continue reading

Judging the internet – and books

Normally I enjoy getting a new book. A chance to leaf through for a general impression and then get stuck into reading. But I have one that I must read, and I keep putting off. For some reason it doesn’t … Continue reading