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The BIBLIO-MAT

The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw, an idiosyncratic antiquarian bookshop in Toronto.
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Running and reading – audiobooks and podcasts

Running and reading –  audiobooks and podcasts | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
  I remember when books on CD first came out (or books on tape...whatever....). I borrowed some from the library for a long road trip and never made it past the first of the 6-set CD because I just couldn't seem to follow along. My mind would drift while I was driving and I was soon I was off track and a chapter or two behind. (Squirrel!) But recently I discovered that earbuds make it much easier to focus on audiobooks and podcasts. When you block out the rest of the world, it's easy to pay attention to the voice in your ear. And, when I'm running, I often sort of "tune out" to my surroundings, so I'm not distracted like when I'm driving (I know...I know...I should be paying attention when I'm driving anyway, but...) I started listening to Podcasts when everyone was talking about Serial. Soon, I was hooked, too. And, once I ripped through the series, I looked for more podcasts I might enjoy because I'd come to like listening to something other than music while I ran. In fact, because all of my running buddies were out of town, I listened to podcasts (primarily the TED Radio Hour) while I ran 20+ miles at the Presque Isle Endurance Run this fall. My experience with Podcasts led me to start looking into Audiobooks, which I borrow from the library (Erie County or the Philadelphia Free Library) and download to my phone. It actually motivates me to run and walk more because I want to find out what happens next. If you're sick of listening to music (and, if like me, you've been listening to the same music for years because iTunes is a living nightmare), try being enlightened/enriched while you run with podcasts and/or audio books. There are thousands of podcasts on nearly any subject you can think of...seriously. I tend to gravitate toward educational or feel-good or interesting stuff. A few I'd recommend: Invisibilia, Fresh Air, Serial, StoryCorps, TED adio Hour. I use the Podcast Addict Smartphone app on my Android phone because....I've mentioned this before, but...I hate iTunes. As for audio books, well...the world if your oyster. If you don't want to buy audiobooks, you can borrow them from the library. Just like the library, you have two weeks to "read" them, but unlike the paper books you get at the library, you can't often renew audiobooks (or ebooks) because there's usually a waiting list. I've recently enjoyed Tina Fey's book Bossypants (she reads it...so it's awesome), Psycho and a half-dozen others I can't recall the titles of right now. Fortunately She Knows: Check out this blog post with 11 Audiobooks perfect for your long runs. So...there you have it...why not use your run time to get smarter, catch up on some reading, or at least distract yourself from the freezing cold
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I fast walk and listen to podcasts and audiobooks - one of the pleasures of my day.

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The Value of the Novel by Peter Boxall review – Will Self is wrong, the novel is thriving

The Value of the Novel by Peter Boxall review – Will Self is wrong, the novel is thriving | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
This dazzling work of criticism argues that fiction, from Dickens to Woolf to today, is a genre that has derived its power precisely from its precariousness
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The best of world literature, chosen by Guardian readers

The best of world literature, chosen by Guardian readers | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Inspired by Ann Morgan’s article on reading a book from every country in the world, Guardian readers recommend their own favourite books from around the globe

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Around the world in books.

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Is James Joyce's Ulysses the hardest novel to finish?

Is James Joyce's Ulysses the hardest novel to finish? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
James Joyce died 75 years ago this week, leaving a lifetime of books beloved by many... and Ulysses, heralded as both the best novel in the English language and the hardest to read. So what do you do if you get stuck?
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Never managed it neither.

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10 underrated novels from great authors

10 underrated novels from great authors | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Recommending a great author is easy. Recommending a lesser known or overlooked classic in that same author's repertoire, on the other hand, considerably less so.So throwing caution to the literary wind, we've attempted to disinter the works by celebrated figures that just don't get the acclaim they so richly deserve, knowing that some won't agree, but that a shrewd few somewhere will stroke their chins in approval.You may want to get a pen and paper for this...
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Sara Rosett's curator insight, January 11, 6:16 PM

Interesting list. May have to put some of these on my TBR list. 

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The category winners of the Costa Book Awards have been announced

The category winners of the Costa Book Awards have been announced | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Best in category

Costa First Novel Award: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. The Gothic novel has been compared to works by Daphne Du Maurier, Shirley Jackson and Horace Walpole.

Costa Novel Award: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. The companion piece to the 2013 award-winner Life After Life.

Costa Biography Award: The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf. The scientist has everything from towns and mountains to a penguin and part of the Moon named after him.

Costa Poetry Award: 40 Sonnets by Don Paterson. The highly decorated poet’s new collection.

Costa Children’s Book Award: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. A “dark, sprawling, fiercely clever novel”, the judges sa
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Female Characters Don't Have to Be Likable

Female Characters Don't Have to Be Likable | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Several novels this year starred female protagonists as flawed and interesting as literature’s most memorable male characters.
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Science Fiction That Came to Life This Year

Science Fiction That Came to Life This Year | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
You live in a future that science fiction visionaries imagined years ago.
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I read 164 books in 2015 and tracked them all in a spreadsheet. Here's what I learned.

I read 164 books in 2015 and tracked them all in a spreadsheet. Here's what I learned. | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
I spent this year trying to keep up with the literary conversation. I ended up exhausted.
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Very interesting insight into one reader's year - with excellent questions raised.

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In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback

In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
As the pendulum swings back to print, used bookstores are thriving, with new ones opening around the nation.
Sharon Bakar's insight:

Love secondhand books but have to buy mine online via abebooks.com

 

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Beatrix Potter story Kitty-in-Boots discovered after 100 years

Beatrix Potter story Kitty-in-Boots discovered after 100 years | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
A story written by Beatrix Potter more than 100 years ago is to be published for the first time in September, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
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The magic of Potter lives on, and now there is a new book to look forward to.

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How to Break Out of a Reading Slump

How to Break Out of a Reading Slump | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Reading slumps… they happen to the best of us. Even the most dedicated and diligent of readers can find themselves facing the dreaded moment when the words on the page simply fail to captivate them and when picking up a book feels like a 50 pound weight. As professional readers, we’ve come up with a few tactics that can help to break even the most stubborn of reading slumps.

Sharon Bakar's insight:

I've been through "books slumps" - mine caused by a pile-up of books I felt I had to read but wasn't enthusiastic about - and being a member of a book club whose tastes in fiction less and less matched my own didn't help.

What did help me get out of it was reading short fiction and I became a real junky for the short story.  Listening rather than always reading with my eyes also helped, because who doesn't love to be told a story? The best intersection of the short story and listening has to be PRI's Selected Shorts podcast.

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Alice Walker and Colm Toibin, and Their Trail of Words

Alice Walker and Colm Toibin, and Their Trail of Words | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The authors of “The Color Purple” and “Brooklyn” compare notes on Hollywood, others adapting their work, and how real life has informed their fiction
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10 Malaysian Writers Who Received Critical Acclaim Internationally For Their Work

10 Malaysian Writers Who Received Critical Acclaim Internationally For Their Work | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
From literature to academic papers, they have proved their mettle in the world arena.
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Never mind the quality, feel the width.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, January 14, 8:29 AM

Never mind the quality, feel the width.

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How could I read more books?

How could I read more books? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Agatha Christie read 200 books every year. Could you manage a similar feat?
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For those who feel they want to read faster. I don't think reading is about speed or numbers. I'd rather take my time and enjoy what I read - and I also find, because I like short fiction best - that I tend to reread a story twice or more to really appreciate it.

But if you really do want to consume more books with less effort, try listening to them on walks and in the car or while you are doing the housework. Not every book lends itself to being listened too, rather than read with the eyes, but plenty do.
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David Bowie's must-read books revealed

David Bowie's must-read books revealed | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Jack Kerouac, Spike Milligan and Sarah Waters among star's favourite authors, revealed at exhibition in Ontario
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What better way to celebrate Bowie than by reading his list of favourite books!

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Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories

Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tends to focus on moral realism.
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20 Books To Buy Yourself As A Late Holiday Present

20 Books To Buy Yourself As A Late Holiday Present | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
I love shopping online. No lines, no crowds, no searching for my size in a ransacked store display. Now, I don't spend a lot of money, as a general rule. But when I have to shop for other people, it's so easy to say, Oh, I should go ahead and buy this for myself while I'm at it. You can imagine the
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Reminder to self!

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Julian Barnes: master of fiction with whole worlds living in his prose

Julian Barnes: master of fiction with whole worlds living in his prose | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The award-winning author of Flaubert’s Parrot will turn 70 this year and his remarkable new novel about Shostakovich is out this month. His admirers know to expect the unexpected
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The 24 Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015

The 24 Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
What a year for science fiction we've had, with epic new space operas, fascinating new worlds to explore, and the return of some of our...
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11 Books That Scared The Master of Horror, Stephen King, And Will Terrify You, Too

11 Books That Scared The Master of Horror, Stephen King, And Will Terrify You, Too | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
You may have heard of a writer named Stephen King. He wrote a few books that are kind of scary? Yeah? With more than 50 books in print, King is insanely prolific. From classic works of horror like Carrie and The Shining to enormous historical / science fiction books like 11/22/63, King's fans never
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Why writing in English was a good career move for Nabokov, Conrad – and now Chirovici

Why writing in English was a good career move for Nabokov, Conrad – and now Chirovici | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

The current toast of literary Britain is Eugen Chirovici, a 51-year-old Romanian author who, following a modestly successful career in his home country, came to Reading, ditched his mother tongue for English and wrote a murder mystery – The Book of Mirrors – which has been snapped up in a lucrative seven-figure publishing deal.

Chirovici’s decision to write in English has clearly been a wise career move. But for all the hype, his story isn’t as unfamiliar as all that. In fact, there’s a rich tradition of authors getting, well, rich by writing in languages other than their own.

Sharon Bakar's insight:

All about "exophones" - those authors who decided to write in a language not their own.

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