Reading Formats

My Love Affair with Audio Books

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I’ve always been a bookworm, right from when I could first read I have never been without a book, but audio books were never really my thing until my children were little and I used Roald Dahl stories on long car journeys to keep them entertained.

This was as much for my sanity as theirs. I’ve always loved his books so using him to drown out the sibling bickering was no hardship for me.  Fantastic Mr Fox and Danny Champion of the World were their favourites and I was glad to see that they are still available to buy today (USUK). Read More

Books on the Radio this Christmas

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While you’re home now and you have a few days to spare you may be hoping to dedicate more time than usual to your bookish pursuits, the problem is it’s such a busy time that it’s hard to find time to sit and read. Well thankfully Radio 4 are on hand to help this year with some fantastic audience versions of our favourite books. Read More

Match The Movie To The Book It Was Based On!

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Some of the world’s most famous movies were originally written as books- from romantic flicks to children’s adventures. It seems authors have helped the movie world immensely. There are obvious favourites such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey, or The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen King. There have been also been countless editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1862) by Lewis Carrol. Charles Dickens’ newspaper serial Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress (1837-1839), has been used time and again for stage and screen. Also noteworthy are lesser-known stories such as a BBC mini-series (2013) adapted from Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen. Read More

Survey Finds Children Prefer Print Books

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While it’s thought that young people are usually the first to embrace technology, a survey by BookTrust, in conjunction with the Open University has shown that children prefer print books both for reading for pleasure and education. If when eBooks launched people imagined a general of technological readers then they couldn’t be more wrong, as it seems that digital devices just don’t offer the same feeling as lap reading with a book.

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Kindle Voyage – A Review

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One trick pony?
I am a confirmed e-reader, having given up paper books many, many moons ago. I love being able to carry my entire library around with me and I certainly don’t miss the smell or feel of paper. My first Kindle was a Kindle Keyboard (3rd generation), bought around about five years ago and I loved it. I moved on to tablet-based e-reading (Kindle for Android) and eventually ditched the KK altogether about a year or two ago. I have become a little dissatisfied with tablet e-reading however; my Galaxy Tab’s battery life is OK, I suppose, but any sort of intensive use drains it so that a recharge during the day becomes inconveniently necessary. The Tablet also holds many distractions and my reading rate and volume has dropped off significantly and the difficulty of reading on a tablet in full sunlight is also well documented.

So, I picked my KK up again and instantly fell back in love with the Kindle experience. I did feel the need to upgrade, however, and decided on a whim to treat myself to a new Kindle. Read More

Swiping the paper – A view from an eReader

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I thought it would be nice to write a few words on an uncontroversial subject, to welcome back For Reading Addicts. You know… something light and airy, unlikely to be divisive or risk the ire of the more argumentative Addicts…

I use an e-reader. Haven’t bought a paper book in years. I follow my wife into bookshops, find a nice comfy chair (Waterstones are SO thoughtful like that, aren’t they?) and nod off, like as not. Well, following the good Mrs Mc around Next, M&S, Lush and all that can be pretty tiring stuff you know… Actually I don’t ALWAYS go to sleep. Sometimes I browse the bookshelves (making QUITE sure that Patrick o’Brian hasn’t been miraculously resurrected and sneakily gone and written a new Aubrey-Maturin episode. Nope. Not yet. I live in hope). I browse the bookshelves, find myself an intriguing looking novel… and photograph the cover with my smartphone so I can go back home and order it for Kindle from Amazon. Actually, if the bookshop is good enough to provide it’s “customers” with wi-fi, I might even order the e-book there and then. I do realise that’s a little like stealing sweeties from children, kicking over people’s rubbish bins or throwing rocks at their dogs. But that’s how I roll. I’m a bad man, I know.

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