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Paperback 4ever: A Reader’s Manifesto May 22, 2012

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I will be the first to admit that I’m a proud techie.  Gadgets, blogs, e-readers, and all things digital – bring them on.  But with reading, it’s a little different.  Even with an iPad and easy access to e-books, I just can’t give up my paperbacks.  I tried going digital, tried buying up classics from the 99cent page, tried downloading new releases instead of paying twice as much for them in-store, but for books that I really care about, digital isn’t even an option.  I need the book in hand, in tote bag, in cafés and on couches and with me for the long haul.  This isn’t a rant against readers who prefer digital – sometimes, in certain cases, I’m one of them – but in praise of traditional books and everything they offer.  People like to say print is dead, but the digital revolution has, if anything, made me more aware of how dependent I am on “slow media” and how I’m really, deeply, insanely in love with books. (more…)

 

Learn Something New Right Now and It Won’t Cost A Cent January 17, 2012

Another day, another free source of information on the Internet!  This one’s particularly cool, though; now art students and enthusiasts of all stripes can access the Guggenheim Museum New York’s old exhibition catalogs as free e-books, dating all the way back to 1937.  It’s just one more step in the democratization of academic and cultural information, and it’s great for readers and writers. (more…)

 

 
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