July 28th, 2010

Are You Listening? To Books That Is….

My husband doesn’t read. The last book he vaguely remembers opening was The Jim Thorpe Story borrowed from the high school library in 1984. He still has it. Given my career as a librarian, this initially appalled me on many levels. Could he ever appreciate my interest in a well-executed plot twist? Would our children be predisposed to theft? Then he discovered audio books.

These days I can always find him by following the sound of a stranger’s voice. Usually it’s George Guidall or Scott Brick, his favorite narrators, booming from the garage.  He now listens to many more books than I read, gravitating to stories featuring a somewhat psychopathic private investigator roaming the South. His current favorites:

Gator A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey
featuring Serge Storms eliminating the bad guys in ever inventive ways

Deep Shadow by Randy Wayne White
with Doc Ford forced to help some ex-cons dive for lost treasure

Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
centered on Det. Robicheaux avenging a murder in the bayou

Spider Mountain by Peter Deutermann
with Cam Richter hunting down a meth lab in the Smokies

Silencer by James Hall
proving that saving Florida’s wilderness is risky business for newly wealthy P.I. Thorn

Purists would say he still isn’t “reading”.  I say the process may not be the same, but the beauty of plot, language and knowledge are still finding their way to his brain, just by way of the ears instead of the eyes.  I plan on surprising him with an MP3 player soon. Downloading from the library would save me searching for all those misplaced CDs, but then he doesn’t even know how to turn on our computer…

“Reading” any favs using audio or is that not really “reading”?


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March 9th, 2010

The Great eReader Debate

Kindle, Nook, or Sony?  What’s 3G and why do I want it?  And what on earth is e-ink?

If the recent release of several new eReader devices has your curiosity piqued, then take heart, dear reader, you’re not alone.  Many avid print readers are considering making the leap to digital books and have turned to our equally inquisitive staff for assistance and answers.  To help you on your quest for the ideal eReader, we’ve prepared this eReader comparison guide to some of the big-name products on the market, in addition to a few up-and-comers.  Everything you need to know—from price to screen size to added features—is included to help you make a sound investment that will take your reading experiences to the next level.

We librarians are just as excited by this latest crop of eReaders to hit the market as you.  Don’t forget that your CCPL library card provides you with access to thousands of downloadable digital and audio materials through Maryland’s Digital eLibrary Consortium and One-Click Audio.  So have a look and let us know which eReader gets your vote!


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