Guest post by Literary Book Gifts

Gifts for Book Lovers!

If you come and visit my book blog, there are lots of chances you love books and book gifts!

So please read the following guest-post by Melissa, the founder of Literary Book Gifts. And at the end, she offers a very nice coupon code to you, my readers!

Literary Book Gifts was started based on my eternal love of literature, but also based on the characters, settings, and overall style of each novel. I started the company because I wanted readers of all ages to have a way to connect with each other on the shared mutual interest of books. Placing the novels and authors as designs on shirts seemed like such an amazing way to do this because it brings about the possibility of open ended discussion from simply wearing the shirt of your favorite novel!

Featuring some of literature’s greatest characters from Moby Dick to Sherlock Holmes there really is something for everyone in the collection! 

I’ll talk just a little about a couple of designs and items in the collection.

Book-End-T-ShirtBook End T-Shirt
This shirt is a fun one because it shows a part of books that not everyone thinks about but is always there. The words read The End, and the vintage style alludes to the fact that all books, even those from thousands of years ago always came to an end.

Every shirt comes in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Book lovers may have overlapping tastes, but bright blue shirt verses a plain white shirt suit quite different tastes in terms of apparel. This is why many of the women’s and men’s styles come in over 10 colors! Sizes are available in XS – 3XL for women and S – 5XL for men.

 

Headphone Tote Bag
Headphone-Tote-Bag

Readers don’t just read from books. There is a huge community of people who prefer audiobooks, myself included. The Headphone Backpack is audiobook lovers everywhere!

Tote bags are made to last, with three great sizes to choose from, small, medium, and large!

Use this coupon code: WORDSANDPEACE20 for 20% off at Literary Book Gifts there is no expiry date!

And while you are here, you might as well check my posts on Sherlock Holmes!

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Armchair Book Expo Day 2: What Readers Want & Collaboration

Armchair Book Expo

Armchair Book Expo Day 2:

What Readers Want & Collaboration

What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this?

For me, what makes a book:

  • very good style: beautiful and diversity of sentences (not all built on the same grammar mode – I have seen that!!), rich vocabulary, lively and true to life dialogs

  • unexpected twists

  • original plot

  • for audiobooks: a narrator that makes you believe he/she’s telling a story, not reading it to you; who uses different voices and accents for the characters

For me, what breaks a book:

  • same type of plot in the different books of a series

  • pace not matching the genre – fine with very slow uneventful book if it’s literary fiction, but not for a thriller, for instance

  • too many f* words and the like

  • too many typos, especially when trying to insert French words or expressions!

  • for audiobooks: dull voice, dull intention; voice sounding too old or too young for the main character; mispronunciation of French words (please professional, do your homework!)

  • the cover sometimes! Some marketers focus on a type of cover which is totally unappealing to me and makes me want to flee, whereas when I discover what it’s about, I’m interested

Diversity:

  • Right now, diversity for me means access to more foreign literature. More and more presses are trying to publish books in translation, I think it’s getting better. When I read books related to 52 countries for a special challenge, I discovered how rich it can be to perceive the difference of style between authors of various countries.

Let’s Collaborate & Listen: The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)?

Personally, right now, I focus on:

  • visiting other blogs – though I have not done much recently

  • social media – mostly Twitter.  A bit Instagram, Youtube, Facebook

  • a few local bookstores

  • the book club I founded; and sometimes book clubs at my local library

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Guest-post: How Technology Changes the Way We Enjoy Books

How Technology Changes
the Way We Enjoy Books

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Reading is one of the most amazing ways for us to expand our worlds. Books allow us to explore new places, meet fascinating characters and experience things that we never could in our everyday lives. They transport our minds from the mundane to the exciting, soothing, chilling, heartrending or anywhere we choose. Polish Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska described books perfectly: “Our ultimate frontier of freedom.”

Given our almost unlimited access to modern technology, many people have questioned how technology has changed the way we enjoy books. Apart from the printing press, audiobooks and e-books are the technologies that have probably had the largest effect on how we use and experience books.

Audiobooks

The introduction of audiobooks was the first major technological change in the world of books. Initially, they were novels or stories on cassettes. The cassettes were then replaced by CDs. Now we can download digital audiobooks directly onto our smartphones and tablets.

Audiobooks allow us to enjoy books in a way that we never could with print books. We can listen to novels while we do chores, commute or workout. They’re also wonderful for people who have problems with their eyes. Now you can lose yourself in your favorite novel even if you’ve spent the entire day working with tiny text on a computer. Unlike print books, audiobooks allow you to hear different accents, voices and tones. This can bring a story to life and add depth and emotion to the characters.

One major advantage of digitally downloaded audiobooks is portability, as they allow you to have all your audiobooks stored on your smartphone or tablet. These digital downloads also give you access to countless free books. Many classic books are old enough to have passed into the public domain.

A word of warning, though. If you download free audiobooks from a website that you’re not familiar with, be sure to use good security software, as many unofficial websites contain viruses and scams. At the very least you’ll want a security suite and a VPN such as ExpressVPN. That being said, you will probably find a great deal of what you’re looking for through subscription services and your local library (many of them carry audiobooks now, both digitally and on disc).

E-Books

The other major technological change in the world of reading came in the form of e-books. Initially, e-books could only be read on a laptop or desktop computer so the market was virtually non-existent. Yet once e-readers and tablets became readily available, the market for e-books expanded quite rapidly.

As with digitally downloaded audiobooks, a major advantage of e-books is that they are portable and save space. You can have a small library in your pocket! Also, as any bibliophile knows, traveling is so much easier with e-books. No more suitcases filled with books instead of clothes! All you need is your e-reader, tablet or smartphone to take your whole library on holiday with you.

We all know how important it is for children to read books, so it’s essential that we encourage them to do so. Children love novelty, and they might find the technology interesting. Many parents have successfully used e-books to encourage their children to spend more time reading.

Just as there are numerous websites that offer free audiobooks, there are many websites that offer free e-books. Most books that have passed into the public domain are available as well as many new books by indie authors trying to promote their work. Websites such as Project Gutenberg have many free e-books that you can download. Again, be sure to protect your e-reader, tablet or smartphone if you download e-books from an unfamiliar website.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that technology has changed the way we enjoy books. In some ways, it has enhanced our enjoyment, such as giving you the ability to listen to an engaging novel while you do chores. Yet there are still some things technology can’t give us: the feel of crisp pages between your fingers or the smell of a newly-printed book. Personally, I believe that both technology-based and print books should have a spot in my life.

Do you think technology has changed
the way we enjoy books?
If so, how?
Please tell us what you think by leaving a comment.

About the author:

Cassie is an entertainment blogger who adores reading. She owns way too many books, but won’t be caught sneaking her books into her husband’s suitcase again. She’ll use her e-reader instead.

Visit her Web site : www.culturecoverage.com
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