25 Literary GIFs for Book Lovers
You might not agree with all the GIFs like I did (some are corny) but it will still be fun. Here is no. 23:
You’ve been known to engage in crazy multi-tasking while reading
Why You Should Return Library Books
I’ve bought some used paperback books to learn they were unreturned library books. I might have returned them if the books were not from the US. What this man didn’t return is a guidebook
Guy Jailed for Overdue Library Book
‘An ordinance adopted by the City of Copperas Cove could mean an arrest for patrons if they don’t return library materials.
‘A recent case landed one man behind bars for a book he’d had checked out for more than three years.
‘On Wednesday Jory Enck was booked into jail and released for overdue library materials.
‘Court documents show he checked out a GED study guide in 2010 and didn’t respond to attempts from the library to get the book back.
‘City of Copperas Cove Municipal Judge Bill Price said the patrons are usually released on a $200 bond after the arrest…’
Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens
We’re back to eBooks vs paperbooks
‘…I’m sorry to have to tell you that books are now considered an endangered species. By books, I also mean the conditions of reading that make possible literature and its soul effects. Soon, we are told, we will call up on “bookscreens” any “text” on demand, and will be able to change its appearance, ask questions of it, “interact” with it. When books become “texts” that we “interact” with according to criteria of utility, the written word will have become simply another aspect of our advertising-driven televisual reality. This is the glorious future being created, and promised to us, as something more “democratic.” Of course, it means nothing less than the death of inwardness – and of the book.’
What does Susan meant by ‘death of inwardness’? I think she meant we lose soulful insight when we use eReaders which are full of distractions — by apps and ads.