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
Follow her on Twitter: @cassie_culture

 

Rediscover the classics with iClassics

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Rediscover the classics with iClassics

Something better than the classics? Indeed, the iClassics!

When was the last time you read a classic? Every so often these books are deselected from libraries because their titles are not in demand anymore. iClassics, a Barcelona-based publisher, is unwilling to accept it and they presented iClassics – Reimagining Poe, Wilde, Lovecraft & more, a unique way to read and enjoy literature for everybody and everywhere, in format of AppBooks.

They aim to create an impact by presenting a new – and very awesome – way to READ & ENJOY classical literature in a new format, the iClassics. On May 25th was released the project on Kickstarter, and everyone can take part on it until the 6th of July. From 1€ to 2,500€ they offer a bunch of very cool rewards, including a collaborative artbook with illustrators from all over the globe!

Moreover they think that the project has potential to create a social impact among students in the classroom, and they are giving the opportunity to more than 100,000 students to have all the collections for free. Actually, they will give as many as euros raised with the project.

Accessibility from any Android devices – currently only for iOS-, new stories, more languages, a common place to share the love for the classics and more… All these is what we will be able to enjoy if the iClassics project finishes the campaign successfully.

Let’s support this great project that reimagines classical literature.

Here is the link to the campaign on Kickstarter:
http://bit.ly/iClassicsCollection_Kickstarter

And here is their collection so far.

Press release

About iClassics Collection:

iClassics Collection dreams of a world where universal classics are within reach of anybody with the nowadays entertainment. Some of their apps, such as iPoe Collection, has been awarded by the Digital Book World, reference magazine for innovation in digital reading, and has proven to be a useful teaching tool to engage students of all ages.

They created a library of interactive classics with a new standpoint in format and aesthetics, in a way that every reader can easily get hooked on it. Their selection criteria go for those authors who were ahead of his time and inspired next generations with their stories. Its contribution consists in turning the works of these authors into a unique audiovisual interactive experience where illustration, animation, music, videos blend together under a very fine creative direction.

 

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