Round up #200: Bookshelfies, my new hero

Round up #200: Bookshelfies, my new hero

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later. 

Special note: 200! I’m glad to have done hundreds of these since the first one back on October 18th of 2009. 🙂 They can be challenging, but in a very different way from an analytical or opinion piece. It can be hard here to choose what to include and what not to include. I appreciate, though, that I often get comments on them, and I know it is a popular feature (they were the third most popular category of posts the last time I polled you readers). Thanks for the support!


Okay, time traveler from five years ago, let me first explain a couple of things. 😉

A “selfie” is a picture you take of yourself.

Tumblr is a blogging site where people post pictures, sometimes with small captions.

Ready? Good. 😉

is a Tumblr blog where people take pictures of themselves in front of their p-book (paperbook) filled bookshelves. They often then list some of the books, sometimes including links to purchase them at Amazon.

It’s a cool idea, although somewhat corrupted for me by the fact that many of them seem to be done for commercial purposes. I suspect it was much “purer” originally, but has gone beyond that.

Still, it’s worth seeing.

Would I do it? Nope, because I like to let people keep their personal characteristics off the web, if they want, and you’d learn some significant things about me from a picture of me. 🙂 By the way, there is at least one picture that says it’s of me on the internet, but it’s not. Can’t always believe what you read…even on the web. 😉

I like the idea of showing off bookshelves, though. Maybe I’ll do that for this blog at some point…but it would take a lot of pictures to do it justice!

Lawrence Tabak: “Goodbye Old Friends: On Selling My Books”

In this

The Millions essay

Lawrence Tabak has a moving and insightful piece on selling your p-books (paperbooks).

I still can’t imagine that. Giving them away? Maybe, just maybe…but selling them? That seems very hard to me.

I have bought multiple copies of some books to have ones to give away, but that’s different. Outside of that, I haven’t gotten rid of books. I imagine that, if I could digitize them, I could donate them. I want access to them myself, but I also really want them preserved. I have some that would certainly be seen as ephemera, and I feel like, if I don’t preserve them, they are likely to be lost to the world. That’s probably an egotistic fantasy, but it does make me feel heroic. I mean, it’s that or be Batman, and Ben Affleck just got that gig. 😉

I recommend the article.

Guardian: “Amazon Kindle: why I finally went over to the dark side”

Thanks to Publishers Weekly for the heads-up on this

Guardian article by Charlotte Harper

It’s always been pretty simple for me: the more you love books, the more you love e-books.

Certainly, some people were openly disdainful of people with EBRs (E-Book Readers) in the beginning. In my opinion, that’s largely a holdover of the elitism of reading, or rather of owning books. There have been people who see owning books as a sign of superiority. They don’t want the experience to be democratized, anymore than they want everybody to own a Mercedes…it dilutes their special status.

Why else make leatherbound copies of books that cost $100? Why display them, sometimes ostentatiously? I do think there is some class consciousness there, or at least there was in the past and the echoes still remain.

Everybody should have books…and everybody should, in an ideal world, have access to all books. Actually, everybody in an ideal world should read all the books in the world, but that is impractical for several reasons. 😉

In the article (which I recommend), the author admits making a sibling cry by denigrating an early Kindle…saying that the sibling should sell it, essentially because, well, it was evil.

Fortunately, Harper eventually overcame prejudices and learned to love the bomb…er, the Kindle. 😉 At least, that’s how I would put it.

Keyboard shortcuts for the Kindle Fire’s Swype keyboard

Who knew?

Okay, maybe if you were using Swype on another device before it appeared on the Kindle Fire, you did, but the techniques on this

Amazon Help Page

were a revelation for me.

The Swype keyboard lets you “type” things by sliding your finger or stylus across the letters. It’s much faster than tapping each one individually, and pretty intuitive.

However, you can do a lot more things…here are some of the best:

  • Select all – Swipe from ?123 to a
  • Copy – Swipe from ?123 to c
  • Cut – Swipe from ?123 to x
  • Paste – Swipe from ?123 to v
  • Insert a period and a space (at the end of a sentence) – Swipe from . to Space bar
  • Bring up the Number keypad – Swipe from ?123 to t

New York Daily News: “Librarian slams 9-year-old for reading too much”


According to this

New York Daily News article by Margaret Eby

the director of the Hudson Falls Public Library in New York asked a 9-year old to stop participating in a reading contest each summer…because the kid won five years in a row.

Wait a minute…this kid first won the summer reading contest at…four years old? Tyler Weaver, you are my new hero. 🙂

Kindle Fire loses half of its marketshare

Thanks to Alexander Turcic of mobileread

for a heads-up that led me to this

Jumptap graph

of tablet marketshare, 2012 versus 2013.

The big news: only one tablet on the marketshare, dropping from 21.5% of the total to 10.1%.

The NOOK tablets? Increased marketshare more than 1000% (from .1 to 1.2).

It’s worth taking a look at the graph to see what doubled its share to pass the Kindle Fire…

This may change if Amazon introduces a new model, of course. Not that other people won’t also release new ones, but it could shift the balance.

RSK Accessory Store at Amazon

I wanted to make sure to give you an RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle) story this time, so here’s a link to the accessory area at Amazon:

Kindle E-Reader Accessories

For example, here’s a cool looking polka-dotted sleeve for $14.99 ($10 off right now) that fits the Paperwhite, Touch, and Mindle. It’s not only a sleeve, it says it has a stand as well. 4.5 stars with 390 reviews…impressive!

BUILT Neoprene Kindle Slim Sleeve Case, Scatter Dot, fits Kindle Paperwhite, Touch, and Kindle

What do you think? Should a child who always wins a reading (or any, for that matter) contest step aside so others can win? Is competitive reading a good idea, or does it devalue the act of reading? Have you done a bookshelfie? You can put a link in your comment, and if it isn’t commercial, I’ll probably approve it. Have you gotten rid of your p-books? If so, did you sell them or give them away or…? Do you have books that you’ll keep, even if you never read them again, because of what they mean to you? Did anybody ever shame you for having a Kindle? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

13 Responses to “Round up #200: Bookshelfies, my new hero”

  1. Glenn Starrett Says:

    Perhaps I’m doing it wrong in regards to the keyboard shortcut “w to .”. When I do this it inserts “www” instead. Just me?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Glenn!

      Nope, not just you. 🙂 I tested (I hadn’t tested that one) and it did the same for me. Since you let me know, I can let Amazon know, and they may fix it…so you’ve helped people. 🙂

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Good news, Glenn!

        I told Amazon about the problem with the Help page…and they’ve already fixed it. 🙂

        You can take credit for that. 😉

  2. Amy Says:

    Thanks for the nod to us kindle users and some good accessory suggestions

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Shame on that librarian! Does she really think that taking the award away from the kid who earns it is going to imspire the other kids to read more? Drawing names out of a hat is the same as giving every member of a team a trophy. Kids need to learn to earn what they get. If the other kids want to win, they need to read more books.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I agree…I’m going to write a bigger post on this. I think we may be able to turn this into a good thing…

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I was trying to think of ways the librarian could have encouraged the other kids to read without throwing the super reader out the window. If she wanted to encourage other kids to keep reading, she could have had a weekly challenge where the top 3 or 5 or 10 or whatever number would go into the drawing instead of the names of all the participants. [And the teacher in me is hoping that there is some sort of verification mechanism in place to attempt to make sure all the kids are actually reading the books or just checking them out and bringing them back.]

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        There is a verification method…they actually ask them questions about the books, as I found in further research for my latest post on it. It’s the first in a series on “Reader Heroes”, although I’m calling Tyler Weaver “ILMK Reader Hero #2”, because I am going to retroactively go back and do another one. In that post, I have not mentioned the controversy, to make it more of an undiluted positive for Tyler.

        I would make Tyler a “Reader Hero” or something similar in the library. Let Tyler kick off the contest, and give out the prize.

        Second, one way to consider it going forward is by setting a goal for all of the kids in the program…ten thousand books read, or whatever is appropriate. Then, you can random draw from participants (you can make it a minimum of a book a week read to get into the draw, perhaps) for a prize.

        Alternatively, you could do something like every thousand books read in the program adds a prize which is given by random draw to a participant.

        I did something like that with trainers when I was a Training Manager. There had been a bonus for the highest performer, but I explained to my General Manager that you didn’t want it to be good for one trainer if other trainers did poorly. That’s not how we see the world.

        If the entire team made a certain level of performance, there was a random draw for the bonus…and you had to have a minimum level to participate. No one could win twice unless every other eligible person in the draw that month had already won.

        We became the #1 training team in the country in a very large category, and I think that contributed to it, honestly.

  4. Paula Says:

    Are you kidding me? A library director, with a staff and all the resources at her disposal, can’t develop some innovative ways to solve this little “dilemma” without asking a 5th grader to disqualilfy himself……because he wins?? My mom used to tell us “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” I suggest that this librarian get busy and and get creative with her programming.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Paula!

      My Significant Other was just as upset about this as you are. That inspired me to do a particular thing about it…I’ll write about it soon.

  5. Amy Says:

    Congratulations on your 200th round up

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