Round up #295: greedy readers, living tree book
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
Piers Anthony for the Kindle
Piers Anthony is one of the most popular fantasy writers.
Many people have read the Xanth books, which some liken to the Oz series. Certainly, a love of puns is a commonality. ;)
There are 206 (!) titles listed on
and 78 in Kindle editions (including books in the uber-popular Xanth series, the Incarnations of Immortality series, and the Bio of a Space Tyrant series).
Interestingly, there are 49 available through
including some well-known ones (Chthon, and yes, some Xanth).
Piers Anthony is a fun read! If you haven’t tried it, and you are looking for something light for the summer (or the Memorial Day weekend), this is a good bet. I would also guess Anthony has made readers out of many children.
An interesting consequence of having the Echo: listening to more audio
I consider myself a content omnivore, consuming lots of different media.
In the car, I usually listen to text-to-speech (TTS) on my
However, I used to listen to other types of audio a lot more: talk radio, old time radio, and music.
has meant that I’ve started to listen to audio at home again. For example, I’ve had it play the talk radio station to which I used to listen. I still don’t like the amount of ads, and I pick my times so I tend to get news, but it’s nice to have the local information.
I’ve also had it play me
The Kindle Chronicles
by Len Edgerly.
It’s a brilliant podcast about the Kindle…gentle, insightful, and with really major guests.
I’ve been on it a couple of times, although I did make a slip of the tongue once which I suspect has kept me off the guest list since. ;)
Regardless, I highly recommend it…but wasn’t much of a podcast listener. Too much work to download a podcast and listen to it.
Being able to just say, “Alexa, The Kindle Chronicles podcast on Tunein,” and have it start playing is great! No charge, no booting up…I can easily start it during my exercise routine.
Living tree book
One TLA (Three Letter Acronym…we geeks even have an acronym for acronyms) ;) you may see in Kindle discussions is DTB…which stands for “Dead Tree Book” meaning a paperbook. I prefer the term “p-book”, since it gives parity to “e-book” (although nobody seems to use “a-book” for audiobook).
There are some ecological challenges with e-books, certainly, but I many are uncomfortable with the harvesting of trees that happens for most p-books.
Now, there is a p-book you can plant…and it becomes a tree!
has a video of it.
You can get it from Amazon:
Gee, for some reason, you can physically plant isn’t available as an e-book. ;)
More reading, more money
Do you think Gordon Gekko, the fictional character who famously said, “Greed is good,” stopped reading for fun by the age of 17?
Okay, “fun” might have meant The Art of War and The Prince, but still. ;)
This is a great infographic (and introduction):
from EBOOK FRIENDLY and the ever-reliable Piotr Kowalczyk.
It’s about the
from the National Book Foundation.
That’s a free program to get children reading more.
The numbers may be truly startling.
If I told you that one out of four children had stopped reading for fun by the age of 17, you might just say, “See? That’s what all this technology and SmartPhones has done to us!”
I think you’d be right to be worried…but we’re just getting started.
Well, that’s the number from thirty years ago.
The number today?
Half of kids aren’t reading for fun by the age of seventeen.
Part of it may be not seeing it as an economic benefit…when it clearly is.
Sure, it may be that kids who read more or who have lots of books in the home may have other benefits as well…they don’t say if they’ve controlled for that.
However, since you can get books for free (from the public library…and tens of thousands of e-books are free), it’s hard to argue that it isn’t worth a try.
I’ll just quote one thing:
“Reading for pleasure increases GPA more than required school reading.”
I’m not quite sure how you would come to that conclusion: where is the control group that didn’t have required school reading?
Regardless, I think that reading for fun makes people more empathetic (there are studies which support that), and I think that can be helpful in advancing in the work place.
Books Aren’t Dangerous
This seems like a great campaign, but I’ll caution you, I don’t know the bona fides of it yet.
According the site (with details to follow later), you post (this is on Tumblr, so I assume you have to do it on Tumblr) a picture of yourself holding a book that changed your life (or that you would recommend) with the hashtag, #booksarentdangerous.
When you do that
“For every picture posted, a book will be donated to an underserved school or library.”
This goes from May 12th-May 26th.
I’ll point out that there isn’t a cost to do this (outside of the exposure), and whether books actually get donated or not, you could positively impact other people.
I only see four posts so far, and only three of them during the program…I’ll check back on it to see if it increases. I’d love to not only see more schools getting books, but to see what books people post.
What do you think? What’s your favorite Piers Anthony book/series? If you read an author first in Kindle Unlimited, have you then gone on to buy books by that author? I’ve suggested before that I think e-books are increasing reading, but the infographic cited above refutes that…which way do you think it is going? What’s the right motivation to get kids to read? What’s the societal impact if kids are indeed not reading books as much? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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