Reading Formats

Amazon’s Urges Publishers to Greatly Lower ebook Prices

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When ebooks first appeared on the scene a few years ago, it was feared that this may spell the doom of physical paper books and bookshops. However, it seems even the convenience of ebooks compete with the feel of a real book in one’s hands and paper books have continued to thrive as ebooks struggle to keep up.

Amazon’s publishing chief, David Naggar, has urged publishers of ebooks to lower the price of their books to 99p, as he believes this attractive price point will attract more readers. However, some publishers argue that such a move could be “economically unwise” and would damage the all book sales in the long run. Read More

Looking through the Reading Glass

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They make us look suave; they make us look nerdy; sometimes mature and often funny. The wearer knows where they pinch and also the stress of forgetting them somewhere. But heavy frames or rimless, reading glasses commonly known as spectacles are a saviour for many reading addicts.

Today the terms are used interchangeably, but at the turn of the last century, there was a clear demarcation: “eyeglasses” was the word used to describe eyewear with no sidebar, while “spectacles” referred to frames with sidebars. Read More

Gutenberg: The Press that Printed

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Most of us take books, newspapers, magazines or any printed material for granted. But imagine life if the printing press had never been invented. The printing press counts as one of the most important invention of our time that brought about a literary renaissance.

Before the printing press was invented, all writing had to be painstakingly done by hand. People who did this work were known as Scribes. They worked in a special room in the monasteries they lived in, called a Scriptorium. The scribes would work silently, measuring the page layout and then copying text from another book to make multiple copies of the same. The book would then be sent to the illuminator who would look after the design and embellishments on the book that had to be done by hand. Read More

Copyright Reform in Australia Could Bring Millions of Books to the Blind

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A new bill proposed earlier this week in Australia’s parliament could make it much easier for people with disabilities to get access to copyrighted literature. The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Bill was proposed on Wednesday and, if passed, will make it much easier for people to get copyrighted material in formats such as braille, large print, and DAISY audio. Read More

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

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