I loved World Book Night!

I’m so happy that I had the privilege of participating in World Book Night 2013. I was a bit anxious today when I set out to pass out my 20 copies of “Girl With the Pearl Earring“, but once I gave away that first title, things became much easier and my only regret was that I didn’t have 20 more to giveaway!

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I had a couple of criteria in my own mind about who I wanted to share my books with, I didn’t want to just drop them off at one place, I wanted to give them to a variety of ages, and I wanted to give a few to people I know but not that well.  It didn’t quite go as planned, but you know what they say, “the best laid plans of mice and men…

I had the great idea of heading to my local coffee shop, and while enjoying a cup of Joe passing out a few copies, then I was going to walk around town and pass out the rest whenever the mood struck me.  Well, our continuous precipitation foiled this scenario, and I ended up giving the majority of them away in and around the coffee shop. I still tried to give them to a variety of people, although I have to say I felt more comfortable giving them to women for some reason.

The reactions I got were pretty positive, although there were a couple of skeptics that I think thought I was passing out religious tracts, but I fooled them!  It felt great when a clerk from my local drug store said in all the years she’s worked at the store no one has ever given her anything, and when one lady got so excited when she found out the movie with Scarlett Johansson had been a book first.

I hope I get a chance to do it again next year and maybe someone who got one of my books today will volunteer next year!

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World Book Night 2013 is almost here!

WBNI am getting pretty stoked about April 23rd 2013, because this year I get to participate in World Book Night! This is the second time that we here in the US get to join our brethren across the pond to giveaway books and pass along our love of reading one paperback at a time. According to their website, last year over a half a million books were distributed in over 5,800 hundred places to light or non-readers.  That’s a lot of pulp, huh?  There are 21 titles and I will be passing out my first choice, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier.

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Since I’m new to this I’m still not a 100% sure where I’m distributing my 20 copies. I don’t want to give them all to one organization, and I don’t know how confident I would be standing in a shopping mall, or street corner accosting people with a book, but I have a few ideas swirling around in my noggin and maybe some of my readers could give me a suggestion or two?

I have been thinking about a woman’s shelter near my town, maybe a hospital or a retirement home. But I would like to get this book into a few younger hands as well, so maybe I do go to a shopping area or a coffee shop? I believe I still have some pondering to do!

I’m excited for the experience and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Bookish.com

Three publishers have joined forces and launched a new bookish website this week appropriately entitled, Bookish.com.  Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Group (USA), hope by grouping together they can become stronger, increase their web presence and give readers another outlet to discover new authors and explore the world of books.bookish.com

I registered myself today and have taken a stroll around the site. It includes interviews, recommendations, and a chance to sample and buy print and e-books from a variety of vendors. It’s a pretty nice site and if you get a chance take a look at it. They are partnering with USA TODAY, where Bookish content will be displayed on the newspaper’s web page.

I hope they succeed, because the more book content out on the web the better for us the readers! Here’s a bit about the site from CEO Ardy Khazaei,

“Bookish was created to serve as a champion of books, writers and, most importantly, readers,” Bookish CEO Ardy Khazaei said in a statement. “Ultimately, we seek to expand the overall marketplace for books, and whether a book gets into a reader’s hands via Bookish’s e-commerce partner or another retailer, everyone – from the publisher, to the retailer, the author and the reader – wins.”

A Library with no books? What will they think of next?

It was only a couple of days ago that I was posting about physical books being added to hotels and today I read about a public library that will have no physical books on it’s non-existent shelves…nada, nil, none!

The Bexar County Library System in Texas, which includes the city of San Antonio, has just  authorized a project to create the first paperless public library system in the United States. That’s right paperless! The BiblioTech project (why didn’t they just call it iLibrary) is to be launched this fall with the opening of their first branch on the south side of San Antonio at a cost of $1.5 million bucks. bookless library

As the picture here shows, the resemblance is quite similar to an Apple store and according to the news release will allow its patrons access to 10,000 titles. The building will also include study and meeting rooms, as well as take home e-readers.

I’m confused on whether this is a total county-wide effort or not. In one article it led me to believe that it was system wide, but in another it said that it would be an enhancement.  Whatever it is, it is certainly unique!

Of course the checking out of e-readers and e-books is nothing new, as my own public library does that, but to have no paper copies of books seems like lunacy. Well at least to me! Besides the fact that not all publishers allow libraries to purchase their e-books, there is the matter of educating the public on reading electronically. It takes a lot more staff to teach someone how to operate technology than it does to just peruse a shelf and pick out something interesting to read. Heck at our library it’s hard to get the public to even use the automatic check out machines, they would rather wait in a long line than learn how to do it themselves. It will be very interesting to continue following this story and to see what the patrons of the Bexar County Library system think about it!

What do you think?

There’s a great little video on the My San Antonio website about the new paperless library if you’d like to take a look.

To decide or not to decide, that is my dilemma

English: New Year's Resolutions postcard

I know that this is the time of year to take stock of the past 365 days, look for ways to improve oneself, and resolve to do better in the future, but I know that when I make a mental list of these resolutions I’m only setting my psyche up for disappointment. I am just horrible at following through with New Year’s resolutions!

The only time I can remember keeping one of them was actually this past year, when I was determined to lose weight for my daughter’s wedding, and my inability to find a suitable garment to wear to the event forced me to follow through with this one resolution.

My other resolutions of spending less time watching TV, giving back to the community by volunteering, eating fewer sweets and more salads, and reading a classic each month fell by the wayside. See, my failures trump my successes I’m afraid 😦

So this year I’m going to try to not be so hard on myself and only make one official resolution and I’ve decided to make that a bookish one! I am going to start reading some of the many unread books I have in my collection. This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I have amassed so many books over the years, that the scale is decidedly tipped towards the unread side, as opposed to the read side.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This situation became even more apparent to me this holiday season when I was able to make not one, but two book Christmas trees out of all the pulp I have piled up around the house!  When you are carefully crafting a book Christmas tree, and you have to locate perfectly sized literature for its construction, you are forced to actually to come face to face with certain titles that were at one time on the top of your ‘to be read pile’ and now have somehow gotten relegated to the ‘dusty forgotten pile’.

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I’ve decided to liberate these lonely, forgotten titles, and resolve to read at least one of these shelf dwellers for every three new titles I lay my eyeballs on. I know this won’t be an easy resolution to keep, because there are so many lovely new books coming out in 2013, but I must try at least.

Of course mentally I’m also running through a list of other resolutions I should make….lose weight, exercise more, volunteer, be nicer, have more patience, eat better, clean up the clutter….yada, yada, yada…

I think I will stick with just one resolution this year…fingers crossed I can keep it!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Back on the reading track!

I have been doing a happy dance these last few days, because I think I am finally over my reading slump! I am a fairly avid reader, usually finishing 150+ books a year, so when I began losing my lust for lit I became kind of down in the dumps.

I’m surrounded by books on my shelves, stacked on tables, strewn on the floor and cluttering up my e-reader and for several months I had little or no desire to read any of them. I would check out books from the library and return them unread. I carried my e-reader with me in my purse and never fired it up.

Dismal.

But all the while I was in my reading rut, I was still filling my Kindle, floors and shelves with unread titles. I continued to listen to my favorite book podcasts, read my favorite book blogs, and perused book reviews online, so I could add yet even more books to my TBR list on Goodreads. I was drowning in book titles! Normally this would not be a bad way to go for a bookologist like me, but I think it was only making matters worse!

I’m not sure what jostled me out of my literary laziness, but praise Mark Twain and pass me a novel, I’m again wrapping myself in the warmth of the written word!

So whether it was the cold, darkening days in Alaska, organizing the titles on Goodreads and my Kindle, or finally reading several books in a row I enjoyed, it’s over.

…Okay, so if you don’t mind I have to run now, ’cause I’m in the middle of a really good book 🙂