Top Ten Practical Uses for Old Printed Books (eBooks Won’t Work)

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.


 Prop Window Open



 Hot Wheels Tunnel



 To Hide behind


 Booster Chair




 Flower Press


 Cheap Bookshelves

..(Boards & Piled Books)


 Monitor Height


 Interior Design



Illustrations by K LeRosier, photographs from Wikimedia Commons

Top Ten Science Fiction Authors by KMW

I asked KMW my friend and devoted fan of Science Fiction to provide this weeks Top Ten List. KMW has excellent taste; her list includes some of the most famous Science Fiction Authors of all time. I’m proud to say I’ve read novels from most of these authors. Several novels of KMW’s chosen authors have been turned into had popular movies and TV series. We were curious to see if the Kindle Book Store has these classic Authors, the youngest of the ten is 75 and still writing.  Half of the authors are gone from this earth but Ray Bradbury will be 81 this month and published new material as recent as 2008.
   Jean Auel (1936-) is best known for her Earth Children Books which includes Clan of the Cave Bear books. Auel’s writing is usually categorized as Speculative Fiction, a broader umbrella term for fantastical writing that includes Science Fiction. The Kindle Store has six Earth Children series books available.
  Harlan Ellison (1934-) Is most known for his anthologies, Dangerous Visions, and Dangerous Visions Again. Ellison has more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, including multiple Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars.The Kindle store has an extensive collection of Ellison books available.
  Brian  Aldiss (1925-) is another award winning author I am totally unfamilar with. His works include Hothouse, The Saliva Tree and Helliconia Spring.The Kindle Store does not have any of his books and even Amazon only sells one paperback written by Aldiss, Starship.
   H. G. Wells (1866-1946) is most known for movies that have been been made, and remade, from four of his novels, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Invisible Man. All four of the above movies are available in the Kindle Store as well as others, many for free.
  Rod Serling (1924-1975) wrote the Tales From The Twilight Zone series of novels and Night Gallerybut is better known to the general public as the host of The Twilight Zone the series created from his books.The Kindle store has a large selection of Serling’s books.
  Piers Anthony (1934- ) A very prolific writer of several series, Anthony is most famous for his long, long running Xanth series with 34 novels–35 & 36 are in production. He’s known for his long personal author’s notes at the end of each book as well.The Kindle Store has a nearly complete if not complete selection of his books available. Link to Amazon Bio.
   Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) is famous for The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man a celebrated 20th century writer of Speculative Fiction an umbrella term for fantastical writing. Bradbury has written Dystopia, Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Mystery.The Kindle Store only had only two short stories I am unfamiliar with. He’s had books republished this year and it seems strange that this speculative fiction author has not embraced new technology.
   Arthur C. Clark (1917-2008) Most known for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
KMW’s top three picks, Clark, Heinlein, & Azimov together were known as The Big Three of Science Fiction.Strangely 2001:Space Odyssey is NOT available in The Kindle Store but some of his other novels and short stories are.
   Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) Strange in A Strange Land and Time Enough to Loveare perhaps his most famous books. He was known as “The Dean of Science Fiction” and was perhaps the most influential and definitely the most controversial author of Sci-Fi.Stranger in a Strange Land, Time Enough for Love, and pages of other Heinlein books are available in the Kindle Store.
   Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Most famous for his Foundation Series and his Three Laws of Roboticswhich are used as a standard in Sci-Fi Writing.The Foundation Series, I Robot, and other Asimov books are available in the Kindle. Store


TOP TEN Kindle Books for First 1/2 of 2011

Amazon’s Kindle Editors listed their for top 10 Favorite Kindle Book Picks for 2011 so far (released the first six months of 2011.)  Half of the books were written by debut Authors. Congratulations.


Please Look After Mom
by Kyung-Sook Shin

In this Korean bestseller, she tells the story of a mother–and her family’s search for her after she goes missing–in four richly imagined voices: her daughter’s, her oldest son’s, her husband’s, and finally her own.


Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

The Art and Science of remembering Everything. Captivated by competitors’ secrets, science journalist Joshua Foer participates in the U.S. Memory Championship and tells the tale.


Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep, and her husband Ben is a stranger to her.


22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

By the end of World War II, Silvana is a ghost of the wife Janusz once had. She and their seven-year-old son travel from Poland to England to reunite their family, separated for six years.


Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s debut chronicles the differences between male and female comedy writers, her cruise-ship honeymoon, and advice about breastfeeding, getting to the heart of why this charismatic comedienne remains universally adored.


The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

This novel includes Shakespeare’s lost King Arthur play in its five-act entirety and explores the tension between storytelling and truth-telling, the thirst for originality in all our lives, and the act of literary myth-making.


Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton’s debut book tells her tale of her journey as a chef or “The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Love, terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin .William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in 1933.


The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

In a post war Balkan country a young missionary doctor arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea where she searches for stories of her grandfather’s life.


Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

A true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of world

Top Ten Most Well-Read Cities in America

Amazon compiled a list of 20 cities based on their sales of printed and Kindle format book, magazine, and newspaper sales for the first 5 months of 2011. Only cities with populations over 100,000 were used.

Amazon’s rather arrogant assumption is that their sales data reflects the reading habits of all American readers, including library users and others who do not buy reading material from Amazon but do indeed read regularly. Perhaps their data does represent a liable random sample similar to the Nelson ratings, perhaps not.  The problem is better data is not available since,

Book Publishers and Bookstores are notoriously
stingy with statistical data for the buying habits
and demographics of their consumers.

My point?
If Amazon is the only one compiling and sharing data, then their statistics are all we have to use. (Just another nail in the coffin for traditional publishing practices.)
So on with my Top Ten Tuesday List:

Top Ten Most Well-Read Cities in America

1. Cambridge, Massachusetts

2. Alexandria, Virginia

3. Berkeley, California

4. Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Boulder, Colorado

6. Miami, Florida

7. Salt Lake City, Utah

8. Gainesville, Florida

9. Seattle, Washington

10. Arlington,Virginia

Cities 11 through 20 on Amazons list; Knoxville, TN; Orlando, FL; Pittsburgh, PE; Washington DC; Bellevue, WA; Columbia, SC; St. Louis, MO; Cincinnati, OH; Portland, OR.

Top Ten Kindle Jokes

Top Ten Kindle Jokes

 The fact that Kindle Jokes even exist is an indication of how mainstream eReaders are becoming.  I couldn’t find very many to chose from so please  forgive me, some of these were so lame I was tempted to break format and make it Top 3 or4.


Blonde: I could barely squeeze two books into my luggage. How did you do?

Brunette: Won’t be a problem. My Kindle is small but can hold over three thousand books.

Blonde: Maybe it will  fit in your suitcase but how are you going to LIFT it?


Brunette: What do you use to charge your Kindle?

Blonde: My VISA!


Q: What kind of dog reads on a Kindle?

A: A Golden eReader.



Kindle: An eBook reader that is very popular.

Nook: Where you hide your kindle from your kids.


Bookworm: Have you ever tried one of those Kindle eBooks?
Second Bookworm: Yep, but it had a funny taste.
First Bookworm: Maybe it was a joke eBook.


A sign of the times, I swore at the judge

and he downloaded the eBook at me.


Overheard: I bought a cool camouflage cover for my Kindle. Now I can’t find it.


Q: What do you call your book shelf after you buy a Kindle?

A: Kindling


A Beagle dropped the Kindle he was biting and said to the Boxer,

“Go ahead take it. Call me old fashioned but I still prefer a real book.”

Robber: Your Kindle or your life.

 Man: Did you say life or wife?

The majority of these jokes were adapted from the Kindleboard.