eBooks or Print Books: The Great Book Format Debate

In today’s world of technology, eBooks have grown to immense popularity. Though, there are still many people who prefer the feel of the books in their hands that print books haven’t gone out of style and may never go out of style. So…which one is winning the fight? 

ROUND ONE:

The average production cost for a $26 hardcover is $4.05.

The average production cost for a $9.99 eBook download is $0.50.

 

ROUND TWO:

A hardcover book can weigh up to 2.2 pounds.

An eBook reader or tablet can weight up to 8.5 ounces.

 

ROUND THREE:

71% of millennials in the UK and the US (those aged 18-34 years old) prefer print books.

37% of millennials prefer eBooks via tablet.

 

AND THE WINNER IS…..

It doesn’t matter what is more popular. Everyone has their preferences and that’s all that matters. If you prefer reading on a tablet, then great! If you prefer reading printed books, great! If you are a hybrid reader (reads anything), then great! AT LEAST YOU ARE READING!!!

 

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart captured me from the very first sentence to the very last sentence. She enthralled me and refused to allow me to place the book down. I don’t know what grabbed me, whether it was the similes or the metaphors or Cadence and Gat, or perhaps it was Cadence herself. It was a beautiful story with beautiful characters and a beautiful ending.

Her writing made me love her as well as made me hate her. It made me cry and it made me laugh.

“A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth.” This summary of the book on Goodreads doesn’t do the book any justice.

The story focuses on “The Liars”, and is told from Cadence’s point of view. She speaks of Mirren and Johnny, Gat and herself. She tells her story and how she remembers and how she overcomes the accident. It speaks of young love and it tells us of regret and rebellion.

Reviews:


“Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents
.” —Wall Street Journal

“A rich, stunning summer mystery with a sharp twist that will leave you dying to talk about the book with a pal or ten.” —Parade.com

“Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We Were Liars is utterly unforgettable.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“You’re going to want to remember the title. Liars details the summers of a girl who harbors a dark secret, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending.” —Breia Brissey, Entertainment Weekly

 

E. Lockhart tells such a brilliant and tragic story with less than 300 words.

 

Located:

We Were Liars is available at both Dillsboro and Aurora as well as our digital library.

 

Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

 

Funny Women, Funny Lives

Need a break from all the holiday hoopla? Then have a laugh with some of the funniest women around.

When you’re stressed and can’t laugh at your own life, spend some time laughing at the lives of the funny women of comedy and turn that frown upside down.


the-girl-with-the-lower-back-tattooThe most in-demand comedian of the moment is Amy Schumer, who started her comedic career in stand-up and earned her first break on the reality show “Last Comic Standing.” She continued that success with a Comedy Central Stand-up special and skit show “Inside Amy Schumer.” In her first foray into non-fiction writing, she chronicles some hilarious, heart-wrenching, and explicit experiences in a collection of essays. From her observations as a child of divorce and love of New York City to working with her siblings to create her first feature-length film, Trainwreck, which won the Hollywood Film Award for “Comedy of the Year” in 2015. Just like her stand-up, Amy’s sarcastic, snarky, uproarious, and ultimately genuine voice is center stage in The Girl with the Lower Back TattooAmy reminds us that we can find the funny in any situation, no matter how awkward, sad, or just plain disgusting. Ultimately, Amy reveals how she received and now feels about that crooked lower back tattoo, and expresses her opinion about what she thinks that tattoo conveys to society. This collection of essays is not just a narcissistic way for Amy to talk more about herself, but a full-fledged attempt at displaying who she really is, how she came to be who she is, and the causes she is passionate about. Also, by the time you finish the audio book of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo recorded by Amy herself, you will feel like you have spent an evening getting to know Amy at her beautiful New York City apartment: sipping wine, eating pasta, sharing entertaining stories of the past, and discussing current events and social issues.


More Funny Women Found on Our Shelves

yes-pleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler

Bossypants by Tina Feybossypants

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Chelsea Handler

chelsea-handlerAre You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

chelsea-chelsea-bang-bangChelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

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More Funny Women Found on the

Indiana Digital Download Center

More from Chelsea Handler

my-horizontal-life My Horizontal Life

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Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me lies-that-chelsea-handler-told-me

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by Chelsea’s Family,

Friends,

and Other Victims.

is-everyone-hanging-out-without-meBy Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: And Other Concerns

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Why not me?why-not-me

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self-inflicted-woundsSelf-inflicted Wounds:

Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

by Aisha Tyler

 


More Funny Women Coming Soon

talking-as-fast-as-i-canTalking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham

Release Date: November 28, 2016

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scrappy-little-nobodyScrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Release Date: November 15, 2016

The Mackenzie’s/ McBride’s Series

Jennifer Ashley takes us into a world of intrigue with her Scottish Romance series, The Mackenzie’s and the McBride’s. She makes the families so relatable and intriguing that as they go through their lives filled with danger and love, it captures you and never releases you from its thrall.

 

The series follows the two families through generations as they find true love and happiness when they least expect it.

Book One:

It was whispered all through London Society that Ian Mackenzie was mad, that he’d spent his youth in an asylum, and was not to be trusted—especially with a lady. For the reputation of any woman caught in his presence was instantly ruined.
Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy. Despite his decadence and his intimidating intelligence, she could see that he needed help. Her help. Because suddenly the only thing that made sense to her was…The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Book Two:

Lady Isabella Scranton scandalized London by leaving her husband, notorious artist Lord Mac Mackenzie, after only three turbulent years of marriage. But Mac has a few tricks to get the Lady back in his life, and more importantly, back into his bed.

Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage

Book Three:

A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn’t care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she’s at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam’s own rules.

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron

 

 

 

 

Book Four:

Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancee, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart.

Hart has it all–a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him–his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He’s also suffered loss–his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart though he realized it too late.

Now, Eleanor has reappeared on Hart’s doorstep, with scandalous nude photographs of Hart taken long ago. Intrigued by the challenge in her blue eyes–and aroused by her charming, no-nonsense determination–Hart wonders if his young love has come to ruin him . . . or save him.

The Duke’s Perfect Wife

Book Five:

Juliana St. John was raised to be very proper. After a long engagement, her wedding day dawns—only for Juliana to find herself jilted at the altar.

Fleeing the mocking crowd, she stumbles upon Elliot McBride, the tall, passionate Scot who was her first love. His teasing manner gives her an idea, and she asks Elliot to save her from an uncertain future—by marrying her…

After escaping brutal imprisonment, Elliot has returned to Scotland a vastly wealthy yet tormented man. Now Juliana has her hands full restoring his half-ruined manor in the Scottish Highlands and trying to repair the broken heart of the man some call irredeemably mad. Though beautiful and spirited, Juliana wonders if that will be enough to win a second chance at love.

The Seduction of Elliot McBride

Book Six:

Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family—he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien—one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England—he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

Violet knows she can’t really contact the other side, but she’s excellent at reading people. She discerns quickly that Daniel is intelligent and dangerous to her reputation, but she also finds him generous, handsome, and outrageously wicked. But specters from Violet’s past threaten to destroy her, and she flees England, adopting yet another identity.

Daniel is determined to find the elusive Violet and pursue the passion he feels for her. And though Violet knows that her scandalous past will keep her from proper marriage, her attraction to Daniel is irresistible. It’s not until Daniel is the only one she can turn to that he proves he believes in something more than cold facts. He believes in love.

The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie

Book Seven:

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London–but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears. There is, however, one woman in town who can hold her own.

Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch–and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returning them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.

Book Eight:

1745, Scotland: The youngest son of the scandalous Mackenzie family, Malcolm is considered too wild to tame…until he meets a woman who is too unattainable to resist.

Lady Mary Lennox is English, her father highly loyal to the king, and promised to another Englishman. But despite it being forbidden to speak to Malcolm, Lady Mary is fascinated by the Scotsman, and stolen moments together lead to a passion greater than she’d ever dreamed of finding.

When fighting breaks out between the Highlanders and the King’s army, their plans to elope are thwarted, and it will take all of Malcolm’s daring as a Scottish warrior to survive the battle and steal a wife out from under the noses of the English.

Books Nine and Ten will be coming out next year.

Book Nine:

Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction

Alec Mackenzie earns a living in exile as an art instructor. An Englishwoman recently jilted and licking her wounds in Paris, decides to take drawing lessons. Alec sees she needs to expand her skills in painting the human figure, especially the male.

The book is set to be released January 2017.

Book Ten:

The Devilish Lord Will

The book is set to be released sometime in 2017.

The Aurora Public Library has purchased the first five books on the Indiana Digital Library and the sixth book is a paperback at the Aurora Public Library. Links to check the books out are linked below the pictures.

 

 

 

E-Books? How do I do that?

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Did you know that if you have a smart phone, an E-Reader, tablet, or laptop and a library card you can check out eBooks, audio-books and even videos from your library? I love my library’s huge selection of digital materials, available to download any time of the day or night. It’s so easy to do. Just download Overdrive and the Kindle reading app from your app store (both apps are free) to what ever device you want to use. I have them downloaded to my phone, computer and tablet, and don’t worry too much about storage space. Just 2gb can hold approximately 1100 eBooks.Digital Downloads

Go to eapld.org from the web browser on your device. Click on the link for Digital Downloads and login using your library card number and your library PIN number. Login before you browse so you can see ALL of the titles available to you. If you’re not sure of your PIN number contact us at the library and we’ll set one up for you.

IDDC home page

 

From the home screen of the Indiana Digital Download Center you can search by title, author or genre. You can check out up to ten titles at once, with no late fees ever! After you have chosen a title hover the mouse over the image and the words borrow or place a hold will appear as well as the word sample.IDDC borrow screen

 

If you want to read a couple pages before you decide, click sample and an excerpt of several pages from the book will open in a new tab for you to review. If the sample meets your approval click back to the IDDC tab and click borrow. A  small menu box opens that says go to check-outs. This takes you to your account page where you can see items you already have checked out as well as the item you just chose.IDDC checkout scree

 

To the right of the image of the material you’ll see two blue boxes. You can choose read in your browser which opens the book so you can start reading or choose download.  Materials are available in several different formats, for this example we will choose kindle book. Once you’ve chosen the format click confirm and get book. This opens Amazon in a new tab, sign in to your account and click the yellow bar that says Get Library book.  The book will be downloaded to your device so you can read anytime, anywhere regardless of internet availability.

checkout screenIf you do have trouble with any part of the process stop in at any of our three branches and a staff member will be happy to help. With over 20,000 eBook titles, nearly 2,000 audio-book titles and over 500 videos to choose from you are sure to find many, many hours of entertainment for the whole family.

 

What Makes Big Library Read so Special?

Big Library Read squareDid you know, Big Library Read is the first global eBook club. Big Library Read (BLR) is a reading program offered by the library that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time with no wait lists or holds. It’s easy to join, the program is free and all you need is your library card! During March 17th – 31st, 2016 visit the library website.  Click on the digital downloads link, search the title and click borrow, it’s that easy.

The book everyone will be reading and talking about is:

American Sniper by Chris Kyle
The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.