Public reading places

Nice ParkParks: There are few things that can beat a nice Saturday stroll through the park. Finding a nice tree, shady hillside, long park bench, or picnic table to relax and read your favorite book. Reading in a park provides you with space, true relaxation, or a respite from the hustle and bustle of the real world. During my time at San Diego State University, I use to love visiting our school library to get my nose dusty collecting novels and comics to read on my leisure time. I’d then make my way through campus to find my favorite park bunch waiting for me underneath a tree in one of our schools beautiful parks and gardens. This was, and probably will remain my favorite place to read a book.

LibraryLibraries: The one place that everyone would probably agree is the best place to read a book. I’ll always remember my friend Amanda from Window Tinting Nacogdoches, who’s actually one of our sponsors, She hated reading in the library, which I could never understand why, I mean the library was designed for reading. Amanda agreed that she enjoyed browsing the wonderful bookshelves of the library with me, but always had the sense of having to leave, so once she found what she needed she’d rather just get out of the library sooner than later.

Bookstore/Cafes: I would say bookstores and cafes are rated low in my favorite places to read. But for some reason they’re both places where people associate with relaxing to read a book. It all depends on how busy the bookstore and café are. Most of the time they’re too busy and loud for me to really relax and read, personally I just think I’m not much of a public reader.

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5 Reasons why books will never die

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Imagine you are sitting on a park bench, the summer sun dances in the sky. A gentle breeze moves through the trees around you. The sound of families enjoying the beautiful weather drifts in the background. You pause to take a sip of water, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, no care of the world to bother you today. You go back to reading your favorite in your lap; this isn’t the first, third, or fifth time reading the book.

The book feels perfect in your hands; you can feel the creases in the spin of the book from years of use. The corners of pages are bent from saving your page through out the book. You run into marks you made to save your cherished quotes. The pages still hold that familiar smell that all of your favorite books do. This particular book has been with you since high school, accompanying you on many airplane flights, road trips, and coffee shop visits. This book isn’t just any other book, its your book, it has stood by your side through out many transitions of your life. Sure you have an e-reader in your backpack, but nothing will ever replace this book in your hands.

We all know e-readers, iPads, Kindles, and Nooks is the most convenient way to read books today. You already take your tablet everywhere for work, why not download a few books. You don’t have to worry about carrying all 100 of your favorite books everywhere, because you have all of them downloaded on you tablet. You can still save your spot in a book, highlight your favorite quotes with ease, and eBooks cost less than most paper back books. The big question looming over readers today, are books here to stay or not? My life time long friend, company sponsor, and I believe paperback books are here to stay and these are our reasons:

Paper back books have this aura that e-readers will never possess: Have you ever herd someone say how much they love the feeling of their tablet over heating in their hands and feeling like its about to melt from reading hours on end. Or lovely smell of nothing that emanates from their e-reader. Those who read for a hobby like reading the physical, real book not just some device that stole information from a page.

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Its nice to take a break from electronics: Try going a day with out staring into a digital screen. I bet you can’t. People develop sore eyes and headaches from staring into bright electronic screens all day. We need to spend time away from our cell phones, tablets, laptops and TV screens. A book isn’t the only option to get away from those things, but it is an option.

Reminds us of our roots: Books take us back to a time when there was no electricity, small hand held devices, and back light on a screen to help you read hours through the night. Since the creation of electricity mankind has prolonged the day with artificial light. Now days after the sun goes down we don’t have to get ready for bed right away, we can still work and read into the night thanks to or advancements in technology. A Book reminds us of the past and brings us back to a balanced life.

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Book Review – “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

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First published in 1843, the novella ” A Christmas Carol” is a classic literary masterpiece and arguably Charles Dickens’ most celebrated and visually evocative text, having played a significant role in the production and circulation of ideology. The story has long been recognized as an exemplary commodity text for its unabashed celebration of consumption and excess, its alleged commercialization of the Christmas spirit, and the seemingly infinite adaptability attested to by its annual reappearance as a literary text, theatrical performance, television production and film.

In its detailed attention and elaboration of surfaces, emphasis on visuality promoting spectatorship as a dominant cultural activity, its reliance on contrasts between light and darkness, its construction as series of scenes (a structure reproduced in the images the spirits exhibit to Scrooge), and particularly its engagement with a dynamic of spectatorial desire, ” A Christmas Carol” is an artifact of the commodity culture. Dickens’ iconic novella tells the story of a Victorian businessman’s interpellation through spectacle as the subject of a phantasmic commodity culture in which laissez-faire economics is happily wedded to natural benevolence. The mechanism of Scrooge’s transformation into a kinder, more compassionate and sympathetic man is, after all, spectatorship.

In presenting Scrooge with images of his past, present, and future lives, Dickens’ ever so popular text seeks to awaken that character’s sympathy and direct it to the world beyond cultural representation. As an exemplary model of socialization through spectatorship, the narrative posits the visual as a means toward recapturing one’s alienated or lost self and particularly becoming one’s best self while asking its readers’ assent to this series of life-changing effects. The main character Ebenezer Scrooge gains access to his former, feeling self and to a community where that self is in harmony with – and, not incidentally, he saves his own life- by learning to negotiate the text’s field of visual representations. ” A Christmas Carol” reconciles Christmases Past and Christmases Yet to Come, that is, by conjuring up an illusion of presence.
The narrative’s ostensible purpose is the production of social sympathy while its ideological project aims at linking sympathy and business by incorporating a charitable impulse into its readers’ self-conceptions. In ” A Christmas Carol”, the subject is not the man of feeling but the man who has forgotten how to feel. The early parts of Dickens’ story dramatize the elder Scrooge’s identification with images of his youth with an immediacy that the spirit of Christmas Past underscores by warning Scrooge against it: ” These are but shadows of the things that have been…they have no consciousness of us”. But the text’s emphasis is on the reality of these ” shadows”.

Their realism seems both to produce and be evidence of the spectator’s ability to identify with representations. The scenes produced by the spirits evoke desire and compel identification; the sight of Fezziwig’s ball takes Scrooge “out of his wits”.
Encoding Victorian culture’s dominant values ( ie. boyhood fellowship, youth, familial pleasure, desire) in visionary scenes, surrounded with a rosy or golden light the images that convey them, the narrative identifies those values with vision, light and ultimately with what it calls ” spirit”.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer

A good book should engulf you and transport you into a world that is not your own. One such book is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’, written by the legendary Mark Twain. In fact, this book became such a success that Mark Twain wrote three more books around the same characters.

The book talks about a young man named Tom Sawyer. If what rumors say is true, then Mark Twain actually derived this name from a jolly and flamboyant fireman whose name was Tom Sawyer. The rumors say that Mark Twain met Tom in San Francisco when he was working as a reporter. Mark Twain is said to have spent hours listening to Sawyer’s tales from his youth.

Whoever Mark Twain’s muse may have been, I personally feel that, that person certainly inspired a work of literary art. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer soon made its way down history. It is one of those classics that every young boy or girl should read. It’s a book that always held a place of honor in my bookshelf. Go here to purchase the book.

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The book tells a tale of a young boy (Tom Sawyer) who was infatuated with a girl named Becky Thatcher. In a bid to impress her, Tom Sawyer engages in a number of stunts through which he hopes to prove that he is strong, bold and worthy of her attention.

Tom involves his new best friends Huck and Joe in his exploits. During one such exploit he witnesses a murder. Fear makes the three friends swear a blood oath not to tell anyone what they had seen. As the plot unfolds, Tom realizes that the wrong man is being charged of the crime. Guilt begins to eat away at his conscience and soon begins to affect his decisions.

Another very intriguing part of the book is when the boys decide to become pirates. That is after all every little boy’s dream. The difference is that Tom and his friends actually went one step further and decided to run away and fulfill their dream. The ensuing saga takes you through a series of misdemeanors, mischief and a lot of decisions that were made by Tom and his friends.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a tale about a boy who wanted to be a hero. It’s a classic story of how young boys are apt to get into trouble. The part of the story that I found interesting is that the entire story is told from the young boy’s perspective. It revolves around what he does and what he feels. It even explains why he does what he does! Mark Twain’s ability to gain such insight into the thought process of a young child is truly remarkable. His story telling ability captivates the readers and keeps them engrossed in the book.

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Future of publishing

Future of books

Over the past decade the big question that his been hanging over the book industry is, where is the business of books headed? Which publishing companies and authors will survive and what will the market look like in the next ten years.

Many people are questioning weather its even worth it to publish in the traditional way anymore. What with many successful authors experimenting with passing up traditional publishing for self-publishing programs through the web.

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  • Amazon keeps Growing: Amazon has a big piece in the pie when it comes to controlling the number of books sold buy one company. I mean they are one of the main reasons Boarders, a well-known brick and motor book selling company went out of business. Everyday people are converting to reading book in an electronic form and abandoning the paperback books. This mean more kindles and kindle apps are being used everyday. Amazon plays a huge roll in all of this.
  • Traditional publishers need to build relationships: Traditional publishers lives will be short lived, unless they find way to form genuine bonds with their readers. What most readers don’t know is that most publishers don’t give a damn about their readers and don’t make any attempt in connecting with them. They only care about making money off of author’s work and how many sales a book can make. That’s why Amazon has taken the market by storm. They know all about their buyers and what type of books they enjoy, offering them suggestions on what books to buy and alerting them of new releases. In this era the consumer is in control and Amazon understands how to use that to their leverage.
  • Harvard business publishing thrives: Harvard is one of the few traditional publishers still thriving in today’s modern market, due to the relationships they have built with their loyal customers. Through their Harvard blogs, magazine and book publishing efforts. Harvard knows that it’s important to build a relationship and connect with your readers.
  • Hybrid self-publishing, a winner: A small group of new publishing companies have been creating a hybrid type of model that will prosper in the future. This hybrid model doesn’t boss the author around at all; in fact, the author actually pays the publisher for their services. They still offer some editorial assistance and create marketing plans for an author’s book. The traditional way the publisher would just print the books and deliver it to the door. Many successful authors like Seth Godin, have been slowly adopting this smart modern self-publishing model.
  • Written word goes online and are shortened: More and more, books are being shortened online, for example, ebooks. They accommodate our need for speed, its always available and an easy quick read.

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