Banned Books Week is upon us – September 30 to October 6, to be exact. I missed the boat a little bit because it started yesterday, but it’s not too late to get creative and put something up. Found some really cool displays and promotions from other libraries that are too awesome not to share.
Reminds me of Dog Shaming. Can someone please start a book shaming tumblr?
The website releases a chapter a day, podcast-style, with the option to interact with others “reading” the book via Facebook or Twitter.
Active participation being the big thing these days, what does this project say for the future of reading? Is it possible we will see a shift away from reading as a solitary activity, if not all the way back to oral tradition?
This is a small project, with just over 2,000 Facebook likes, but the potential to grow is definitely there.
I got a lot of great comments throughout the contest and I have to say I owe it all to Borders going out of business last year, otherwise I would not have picked up a cheap copy of My Goat Ate Its Own Legs (it really is a good book, by an up-and-coming author… check it out).
And have a look at the other 373 entries – people really got into this contest. Book spine poetry is hot right now! A few highlights, the other winners…
Between the print and audio versions, my library has 86 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey with 596 holds! I’m sure a lot of bestsellers get this kind of interest, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen the traffic a library gets for a highly desirable item. Let’s say the library is buying those 64 paperbacks and 22 audiobooks today (I’ll use Amazon for ease and familiarity and omit shipping costs), that would come to $1288.98. If the 596 patrons were to buy the book on Amazon, it would cost them collectively $7833.32.
Where would we be without the public library allowing us to read trashy romance novels, and everything else under the sun, for the nominal fee of an occasional tax levy?
I normally steer clear of young adult fiction – I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in high school and just didn’t see the appeal. Then I read Twilight for work, expecting to dislike it and proving myself right. I put off The Hunger Games for a long while, assuming the same would be true, but with a nagging urge to try it – dystopian, macabre stories are my favorite.
I’ve also been shy of eReaders – I bought a Kindle 1st generation when they came out, even wrote my undergraduate capstone paper on the potential of eReaders, but never adopted the idea into my reading habits. Their screens are hard to concentrate on, the pages turn ever so slooowwwwlyyy, the corners dig into my palms, and I can’t easily see how much progress I’ve made. Whose idea was it to forgo page numbers in favor of ‘locations’, aka. lines, anyway? I never know how many ‘locations’ there are total, and the progress bar is the same length across the bottom of the screen whether I’m reading Heart of Darkness or War and Peace.
So this week, I took a couple leaps of faith – I decided to read The Hunger Games and I bought it for my Kindle (bottom line, I’m cheap and it’s instantly available). I delved electronically into the world of Katniss Everdeen on Wednesday night and was pleasantly surprised.
Some of my suspicions were justified – Collins spells out characters’ emotions and motivations to the point of annoyance at times, her political ideas are transparent from the start, and the eReader is not nearly as comfortable a companion as a book – but I’m hooked! The major plot points of the series had been spoiled for me before I even began reading, but Collins builds suspense so well that I can’t stop. Some authors leave each chapter in a cliff hanger, but Collins manages to leave her paragraphs in suspense, with the result being that I don’t want to talk to anyone, I don’t want to go to work, I don’t even want to write this post… I just want to finish the book! And then maybe start Catching Fire.