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Ancient Media: Books

Remember the written word? It used to convey information. If you like to read and discuss what you have read, this group is for you.

Members: 176
Latest Activity: Apr 10

How we learned to use books.

The book trailer for the hotly anticipated follow-up to Quirk Books' international best seller, 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'.

Discussion Forum

RIP Parke Godwin

Started by Henry Brown. Last reply by Henry Brown Jun 23, 2013. 1 Reply

State of Ebooks

Started by Henry Brown Jun 2, 2013. 0 Replies

15 DIY gadget books

Started by Henry Brown Feb 25, 2013. 0 Replies

E-books vs Paper According to PEW

Started by Henry Brown Dec 28, 2012. 0 Replies

Another source for Ebooks

Started by Henry Brown Dec 27, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Henry Brown on April 10, 2014 at 11:36am

Authors Announced for 2014 National Book Festival

From Library of Congress Press Release
April 10, 2014
Kai Bird, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Alice McDermott Among Authors at 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival
Renowned Illustrator Bob Staake Will Create Festival Poster Art

A wealth of authors, poets and illustrators for readers of all ages—including such writers as Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes, Peter Baker, Ishmael Beah, Kai Bird, Billy Collins, Kate DiCamillo, Francisco Goldman, Henry Hodges, Siri Hustvedt, Cynthia Kadohata, U.S. Reps. John Lewis and James Clyburn, Alice McDermott, George Packer, Lisa See, Maria Venegas, and Gene Luen Yang—will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The festival for the first time in its history will hold evening hours, with special events between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. including a poetry slam, a session featuring "Great Books to Great Movies," and a "super-session" for graphic-novel enthusiasts. The theme of this year’s festival is "Stay Up With a Good Book."

Comment by Henry Brown on March 26, 2014 at 4:26am


From Houston Tx NBC outlet:

Consumers nationwide who bought e-books through Amazon and other online retailers will get credited a total of $166 million stemming from price-fixing settlements with five publishers, according to the New York State attorney general.

The settlement applies to consumers who bought the e-books through retailers Amazon and Kobo with devices made by Amazon, Apple and Sony. Consumers who bought e-books for Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet are also eligible.

Comment by Henry Brown on March 12, 2014 at 11:03am

From the Open Culture MOOC

The Harvard Classics: Download All 51 Volumes as Free eBooks

Every revolutionary age produces its own kind of nostalgia. Faced with the enormous social and economic upheavals at the nineteenth century’s end, learned Victorians like Walter Pater, John Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold looked to High Church models and played the bishops of Western culture, with a monkish devotion to preserving and transmitting old texts and traditions and turning back to simpler ways of life. It was in 1909, the nadir of this milieu, before the advent of modernism and world war, that The Harvard Classics took shape. Compiled by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine, served as a “monument from a more humane and confident time” (or so its upper classes believed), and a “time capsule…. In 50 volumes.”

Please note that the previous two links won’t give you access to the actual annotated Harvard Classics texts edited by Eliot himself. But if you want just that, you can always click here and get digital scans of the true Harvard Classics.

Comment by Henry Brown on March 8, 2014 at 9:15am

YouTube "presentation" of Kurt Vonnegut Reads Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Reads Slaughterhouse-Five, an album released by Caedmon Records in 1973 containing not just Vonnegut’s delivery of excerpts from his famous sixth novel, but his stories of the book’s conception.

Comment by Henry Brown on February 26, 2014 at 10:28am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Announces 2013 Nebula Nominees

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2014), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Novel

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
Fire with Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Hild, Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Red: First Light, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)
A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)


Comment by Henry Brown on February 16, 2014 at 9:22am

IMO interesting reading list from a cybersecurity perspective!

From theterebrate blog:

For the past decade, I have had this notion that there must be a definitive Cyber Security Canon; a list of must-read books where the content is timeless, genuinely represents an aspect of the community that is true and precise and that, if not read, will leave a hole in the cyber security professional’s education that will make the practitioner incomplete.
With that in mind, I propose the following 20 books for consideration


Comment by Ed Albetski on February 15, 2014 at 9:16am

Just got through John Dixon Carr's 1935 masterpiece locked room mystery, THE HOLLOW MAN featuring his detective Dr. Gideon Fell.  It is a marvelously intricate puzzle of a novel. Unfortunately it lacks all the earmarks of a good novel; like characterization. All the dialogue serves the rather complicated plot which is finally explained at the end in such detail that, even if the reader were that interested, they wouldn't be for long. I like "puzzle books"and many books by Carr, but in this one he sacrifices far too much to the plot. It would have worked better as a short story as it lacks the soul to be successful as a novel. I do recommend Carr's historical novels though, especially those based in London or New Orleans. 

Comment by Henry Brown on February 9, 2014 at 3:43pm


Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Turned Into Google Driving Directions
Gregor Weichbrodt, a German college student, took all of the geographic stops mentioned in On the Road, plugged them into Google Maps, and ended up with a 45-page manual of driving directions, divided into chapters paralleling those of Kerouac’s original book. ...

Published as a Free eBook 

Can ALSO buy the hardcopy of said eBook

buy the original book from Amazon

Comment by Henry Brown on February 7, 2014 at 2:49pm

value and interest will vary significantly....

Understand that this is ONE viewpoint, suspect MOST readers would/could compile a somewhat different list

Amazon's 100 Books to read in a lifetime

Comment by Henry Brown on January 24, 2014 at 3:30pm

 from Pew Internet
E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.

The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

Though e-books are rising in popularity, print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits. Most people who read e-books also read print books, and just 4% of readers are “e-book only.” Audiobook listeners have the most diverse reading habits overall, while fewer print readers consume books in other formats.

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