Most of the Authors on my list are still cranking out bestsellers although I haven’t read much of the Mystery/Thriller genre in the past few years. My Mystery /Thriller reading faded away when I discovered Paranormal Romance, which evolved into Urban Fantasy.) I tend toward Genre Phases rather than reading from multiple genres within a given time period. The advantage is it allows a pool of unread books from favorite author’s to build up while I ‘m gone.
All posts in category Printed Books
I prefer reading on my Kindle over a printed book. (see Top Ten Reasons I love My Kindle post) But there are some books that just belong in printed book format. Kid’s books dominate the list with books that provide texture, attached parts and even aromas. Another issue is size does mater, some books need to be large.
I hope these books will always be available on paper.
So far publishers agree. All of the types of books on the list can be purchased in printed format, 9 at Amazon, but only 1 of the 9 is available in Kindle format (AKF)
The illustrations on Waldo books spread across two pages, 12″ x 20″ crammed full of tiny people in a themed setting. The goal: Find Waldo, the guy in a red stripped hat and shirt. In each sequel book Waldo gets smaller and harder to find. Suggested ages bracket is 4-8. I think they would need help, no issue since preteens thru adults loved to find Waldo too. NAKF(Not Available in Kindle Format) http://www.findwaldo.com/
Bibles & other religious tomes
It would be definitely be easier to read a bible on a Kindle, and defininately easier to tote around. But there is something about the feel of a Bible. The paper just seems almost silky feeling to me. I love the feel of the paper edge when you fan the pages. I remember the gilded edges of my Grandma’s bible and the things she stuck between pages. Hundreds of Bibles are sold in Kindle format as well as printed format. AKF
Works of Art Books
For instance, Slavadore Dali by Rachel Barnes. So much detail and quality is already lost when paintings are reproduced onto paper even in a 17”x 14” like this book. Too much more would be lost on a color Kindle or even a larger ipad. Pixels and Dali don’t mix. NAKF
What good is a yearbook without silly saying and autographs from classmates in the borders 2 good 2B 4gotten. For obvious reason yearbooks are not available at Amazon in any format.
Rand McNally Road Atlas and others
These books open up to a 15” X 21” state map spread and I wouldn’t want them any smaller. I love following a road trip on a map. GPS’s are great but you can’t see a whole road trip, where you came from and where you’re headed. A Kindle screen wouldn’t be much better. NAKF
Those large glossy nonfiction books people display on coffee tables. A Kindle laying on the table just wouldn’t cut it. Usually full of large photographs and brief descriptions, typical coffee table book subject matter includes travel, National Parks, and Histories of Wars, Aviation, Art, or Architecture. (Slavador Dali from above could be one.) NAKF
Oversized Story Books
The kind talented PreSchool and Kindergarten teachers are able to read aloud with them facing outward, the words upside down, and balanced across their lap so the kids can see the pictures. They have to stay printed and big. Example of sizes, 14″ x 16″, 18 x 18″, 18″ x 15″. I learned to read from my first words from oversized books. Run. See Spot run. (Talk about giving your age away!) NAKF
Scratch and Sniff books.
Just can’t be done in a digital format (although I wouldn’t miss them.) A search on Amazon brought up 226 Scratch and Sniffs, almost all children’s books. I was dismayed to discover amongst those cute kids books so called “adult” ones randomly placed in the mix. Gross and just wrong. The inadequacies I find in Amazon’s search engine continue to confound me. NAKF
Klutz Activity Books like Cats Cradle
And other books with toys. Amazon lists Cats Cradle under Toys and Games but it’s a book, with board pages, attached strings, and very detailed instructions how to play this classic game. Other tittles come with stuff like paints, propellers, or a deck of cards. NAKF
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)by Dorothy Kunhardt
The name explains the issue. eInk can’t do texture. How can a toddler put a finger through Mother’s ring (a hole in the page) on a Kindle? These clever people make the book from light weight tag board so every toddler destroys their copy and a new one must be bought when a sibling is born. According to Wikipedia,”In 2011, Random House Children’s Books released a “”pat the bunny”” app, inspired by the original book, for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.” Oh please. Tell me that modern mothers don’t by into that, don’t beleive the app replaces the physical book. NAKF
What books would you have included on this list?
Posted by klerosier on 08/30/2011
In his 8/4/2011 Chicago Tribune article titled: (link to article )
“Time For Book Publishers to Fight Dirty”
Aaron Gilbreath challenges Book Publishers to launch a TV ad campaign to counter Kindle Commercials.
“Kindles are convenient, but in environmental terms, they’re the cellulose acetate cigarette filter of the reading world.”
He also suggests commercials marketing to the senses, the smell and feel of a book.
Well he started it; ebooks need to launch a counter attack.
The Return of the eBook
Kindle owners and eBook lovers think Printed Book lovers should also consider
the musty dank, smell of OLD BOOKs!
This had been kind of fun and yet Time for Booksellers to Fight Dirty coming out of the Chicago Tribune is a creepy sign of the times. Who knew buying a Kindle would make a reader the enemy of books, that Kindle owners might need to consider going into the closet. Are there KA groups meeting in Library basements? I wonder if the makers/owners of parchment scroll books attacked the new fangled bound book makers and owners?
The springboard for this blog came from a blog post in The Digital Reader blog (which is one of my favorites.)
It’s time for publishers to start an ad campaign that attacks bookstores
Chicago Tribune, Time for Book Publishers to fight Dirty
Posted by klerosier on 08/12/2011
Through the ages there have been many irreverent uses for books, especially in a pinch. I have fond childhood and adult memories of books used in unusual ways. I’ve put my books to every use listed, with the exception of #2. I abhor those who do interior design with books especially in home of those who don’t even read books, but alas it’s commonly done so it earned #2.
What uses are on your top ten list?
Please share them, leave a comment.
To Hide behind
..(Boards & Piled Books)
Illustrations by K LeRosier, photographs from Wikimedia Commons
Posted by klerosier on 08/09/2011
I’m Reading: Disney’s Cars and Toy Story, both My Busy Books, Phidal Publishing Inc.
Both are have a fat spine holding 10 board pages books and a box compartment in the back with figurines and a play mat. I bought the books for my twin great nephews 4th birthdays from Borders close out sale after a appointment in Oak Park. The Borders visit was sad event since both my kids and I have been stopping there after appointments for over ten years.
All Books were reduced a measly 20%. (My first thought was no wonder Borders went out of Business; they can’t even run closeout sales well.)
My Son is Reading: Sam’s Teach Yourself ASP Net 4.0 in 24 hours, Scott Michell.
Which he bought at Borders–a long way from Busy Books these days.
(BTW $27.99 closeout price at Borders but would have been only $21.98 at Amazon, Kindle $15.39.)
The Casheir at Barnes & Noble is Reading Smokin Seventeen, Janet Evanovich (on her Nook of course.)
One of My many Sisters is Reading: The Gathering Storm, Robert Jorden & Brandon Sanderson
Posted by klerosier on 08/08/2011