www.dolladvertiser.com http://www.dolladvertiser.com Magazine for doll enthusiasts Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:31:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/02/digital-vs-print-the-book-battle-rages-on/ http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/02/digital-vs-print-the-book-battle-rages-on/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:24:21 +0000 http://themes.laborator.co/aurum/bookshop/?p=165 As the holiday shopping season swings into full force, it’s interesting to watch people buying books. Many a wish list has everything from the latest by Stephen King to an Amazon Gift Card (an actual card or via email) to a new e-reader device. Yet the battle for which is more popular is truly running neck and neck.

No matter who you ask, the answer is always different, and usually very passionate. Christine Donovan, from Deerfield Beach, FL, says, “I love my Kindle! I can have anything I want at my fingertips! The store is always open, no matter what my mood.” Essentially, she’s right. The internet is always open, and you can go to any site that sells digital books, pick what you want, pay and within seconds it’s downloaded onto whatever device you use.

Yet others will say, “But I love the feel/look/smell of a book in my hands, on the shelf and in a book store.”

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Digital vs. Print: The Book Battle Rages On

Personally, I’ve been collecting books for years. When we bought our current home, it had both a family room and “formal” living room. I was excited because I knew immediately that my formal living room would be the library and it would house the hundreds of books that I own, in addition to almost 1,000 music CD’s. However, those shelves filled up so fast, they started to spread. There are books behind the books on the shelves, on top of books and in piles on surfaces everywhere. It takes forever to dust them and sometimes I can’t even find what I’m looking for because aside from keeping Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series in order, and all of Stephen King’s books together, everything has to fit by shelf height.  I tried making a master list, but things get moved so often to make room for more, I gave up.

 

The Love of Digital

I got a Kindle for my birthday a few years ago. I hated it. It wasn’t a “book.” I had issues with the charger so I blamed it all on the fact it was a device. Then we got it worked out and someone sent me to this site where you could get FREE e-books. Gee, free is free and sometimes it’s awesome to have a couple of mindless romances while I’m at the pool with the kids without lugging a bunch of books. Except one or two free books turned into dozens of free books.

A book lover in Atlanta recently told me that she prefers print books, but free e-books are a great way to try out a new author, and she was completely right. I’ve discovered dozens of new authors that I never would have paid $7.99 for at Barnes & Noble. Which leads to the discussion of price. Although it may not apply to top authors like Janet Evanovich or James Patterson, for the most part, e-books are cheaper. There are no printing or shipping costs, and I’ve never paid sales tax either. It’s rare to pay more than $6.99 for a typical e-book and once you’ve been sucked in to a series by reading a free copy of Book One, there is no way you’re not going to pay $3.99 for Book Two if you liked it.

My physical library is stuffed to the gills. I will continue to buy a hard cover copy of all the Sue Grafton books until she’s done because it would look ridiculous if I stopped at “W,” plus I like my collection. I own the entire Mrs. Pollifax series, by Dorothy Gilman, and I read them from start to finish once a year or so. The same goes for Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series and every Stephen King book ever made. We’ve got the Harry Potter collection, a handful of books signed by their authors and lots of classics, but the mindless romances and the “read it once and never thought about it again” books are all gone now. The shelves are still overflowing but they are just my favorites and will now only be filled with special books and collector’s items.

Everything else (and now I have over 500) will live in digital utopia. My shelves are prettier, though they are still full and hard to dust, and since I continue to buy (just more slowly), I’m going to need more room eventually. But now I can take 500+ books on a two week vacation, instead of lugging two or three and praying I don’t finish them before the flight is over.

 

The Love of Print

For those who refuse to go digital, I get it. I really do. There is something about holding that book in your hands and smelling the print, wandering around book stores randomly taking things off the shelves to look at, and then leaving the store with a bag full of something tangible. E-books are, in some ways, not real. You push a button or two, and then it’s on your device. Easy? Yes. Fun? Not as much.

There’s something kind of depressing about giving someone a book they want in the form of a piece of paper with a code on it. Yes, it’s still the book, but it’s such a let-down from the excitement of ripping open the wrapping paper and having an item in your hands. There’s also something comforting about wandering into a book store and looking lovingly at every book on the shelf, even if you haven’t read it. Plus you can just grab one and flip through the pages.

There are so many books on my Kindle I have to scroll forever to see what’s there if I don’t remember the name, and I don’t always remember if I liked it or not. It’s not as easy to flip through pages on an e-reader as it is to flip through a regular book if I’m looking for a specific passage or scene. It’s just not the same, no matter how awesome it is to carry a thousand books in something that weighs 8 ounces.

 

And The Winner Is…

At the end of the day, what it boils down to is preference. There are no “winners” or “losers” in this debate. Although trends are leaning towards the digital age, print books are still out there for sale in stores, online and in libraries. However, the reality of how practical they are, as well as how economic, is becoming a bigger draw for e-books.

amazon-kindle-3-nyt-660x408On the other hand, authors are finding that people often want both. An autographed copy of a printed book is something that will always be special, and cannot truly be replicated on an e-reader. No matter how you slice it, there is always a place for printed books, but it really depends on you. At the rate some people read, homes could quickly become an episode of “Hoarders” and, frankly, not everyone has the money or the space. So the options are simple: Read print books, read e-books, or read both. At some point, you’ll find yourself drawn more one way than the other and the answer will present itself. Or you’ll remain firmly in the middle. Either way, if you’re reading, it’s never a bad thing.

 

Original  source: Bookshop Blog

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Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have You http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/book-reading/ http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/book-reading/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:09:10 +0000 http://themes.laborator.co/aurum/bookshop/?p=56 Lebowski ipsum dO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY? Dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit praesent ac magna justo pellentesque ac lectus quis. Mr. Lebowski asked me to repeat that: Her life is in your hands. Elit blandit fringilla a ut turpis praesent felis ligula, malesuada suscipit malesuada non. That is our most modestly priced receptacle. Ultrices non urna sed orci ipsum, placerat id condimentum rutrum, rhoncus. Yeah man, it really tied the room together. Ac lorem aliquam placerat posuere neque, at dignissim magna ullamcorper in aliquam sagittis massa.

Zere ARE no ROOLZ! Ac tortor ultrices faucibus curabitur. I SAY VEE CUT OFF YOUR CHONSON! Eu mi sapien, ut ultricies. Excuse me! Mark it zero. Next frame. Ipsum morbi eget risus nulla nullam vel nisi enim, vel auctor. When will you find these guys? I mean, do you have any promising leads? Ante morbi id urna vel felis lacinia placerat vestibulum turpis nulla, viverra. Za, okay, I bring mein toolz. Nec volutpat ac, ornare id.

Vee vant zat money, Lebowski. Lectus cras pharetra faucibus tristique nullam non accumsan justo nulla. It increases the chances of conception. Facilisi integer interdum elementum nulla, nec eleifend nisl euismod ac maecenas vitae. Your “revolution” is over, Mr. Lebowski! Condolences! The bums lost! Eros velit, eu suscipit erat integer purus lacus, pretium vel venenatis eu, volutpat non. To use the parlance of our times. Erat donec a metus ac eros dictum aliquet nulla consectetur.

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A dick, man! And let me tell you something: I dig your work. Playing one side against the other —in bed with everybody— fabulous stuff, man. Lobortis sed tincidunt diam mattis fusce sem quam, ultricies sed. Dieter doesn’t care about anything. He’s a nihilist. Convallis ac, hendrerit eu urna curabitur varius egestas nibh id lacinia vestibulum. Mind if I smoke a jay? Laoreet lobortis massa nec condimentum aliquam erat volutpat.

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Two Books with Horrible Dating Advice http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/three-books-with-horrible-dating-advice/ http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/three-books-with-horrible-dating-advice/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:02:02 +0000 http://themes.laborator.co/aurum/bookshop/?p=65 When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite that bad. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find the right girl, and the rest is history.

Raven: My year of dating dangerously - Monica Porter

Raven: My year of dating dangerously – Monica Porter

But even though my “game” probably sucked, I knew some common rules of dating. I mean, the really, really basic do’s and don’ts.

The same can’t be said for some of these characters from literature. These guys and girls really knew how to screw up some relationships.

Here’s the type of advice they might give you based on their stories.

“Girly, spineless men are the most attractive kind of men. Obsess over them, and never stop obsessing over them.”

–Scarlett O’Hara (Gone With The Wind)

We all know Rhett Butler had serious game. You know who had terrible game? Ashley Wilkes, the man whom Scarlett spends almost the entirety of Gone With The Wind obsessing over. She’s the worst. She’s the literal worst.

“If you stalk her enough, she’ll eventually love you.”

–Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)

Textbook Romance - Zoe Foster

Textbook Romance – Zoe Foster

Ladies, if you knew that a dude built his house across the lake just so he could stand on a dock and longingly stare at a light on your dock, and if you knew that same dude threw million dollar parties in hopes you’d show up, and if you also knew that same dude liked to hide in the bushes outside your house, wouldn’t you just fall head over heels in love? Or maybe you’d just call the police. It’s a miracle Daisy never had a restraining order put out on Gatsby.

Ladies, if you knew that a dude built his house across the lake just so he could stand on a dock and longingly stare at a light on your dock, and if you knew that same dude threw million dollar parties in hopes you’d show up, and if you also knew that same dude liked to hide in the bushes outside your house, wouldn’t you just fall head over heels in love? Or maybe you’d just call the police. It’s a miracle Daisy never had a restraining order put out on Gatsby.

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To place among other colors and forms http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/to-place-among-other-colors-and-forms/ http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/to-place-among-other-colors-and-forms/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:01:04 +0000 http://themes.laborator.co/aurum/bookshop/?p=89 A solid aluminum bar, painted a striking red-orange, and bearing the text “TO PLACE AMONG OTHER COLORS AND FORMS.” Limited to a numbered edition of 25 with accompanying edition card, produced and signed by Clark.

This is an artwork intended to occupy different areas of your home over time, creating new relational experiences in areas you may have become “blind” to from over-familiarity. This piece asks you to re-see the arrangement it sits with as a group of colors and forms, and how the perception of that grouping changes with the introduction of this color and this form.

2 feet long x 1 inch square. 2.6 lbs.

This item is available in our Oakland and New York stores.

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Writing, Creativity and Motivation http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/writing-creativity-and-motivation/ http://www.dolladvertiser.com/2015/01/writing-creativity-and-motivation/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:24:51 +0000 http://themes.laborator.co/aurum/bookshop/?p=60 Voltaire is reputed to have said to a client “… madam, here is the novel you commissioned it’s in two volumes, if I had more time I could have written it in one.” What a dramatic statement! It gets to the heart of new writers problems – how to be clear and concise.

As an established writer I am frequently asked for advice but fail miserably in supplying answers. I have been writing now for over 40 years and still cannot give a clear prescription for the aspiring novelist. But here are some ideas.

Firstly, start from a base in which you have some competence or knowledge. I was asked recently to review a manuscript produced by a female. What a surprise – and yet it wasn’t a surprise. The plot was clear, too clear from the beginning. I suspected it was a paradigm of Mills & Boon with little originality by the writer, so here’s another pointer – originality.

My first steps into the writing dimension began at school. I was awarded the prize, a novel, for writing and I used the narrative to form the plot for my next writing venture the following year. Much to my astonishment another prize was gained. I didn’t write thereafter for fifteen years as work took up all my attention.

I decided to undertake post graduate studies in management, this led me into academic life and all its demands for writing articles, albeit academic. The big test came with my Doctorate – it extended to 121,000 words but it proved to me that I could sustain arguments.

My novels are based on experience and an extensive vocabulary of reading. So let me emphasise the need for new writers to research the ‘environment’ around their works. Get the realism, facts and appeal correct and your off to a good start.

What about the process? Well there’s no magic formula. I find I can write best in the late afternoon and early evening – perhaps five hours at a stretch. Others will have different approaches when say a chapter at a time can be written. Do what you are content with. If you have to force yourself you may be destroying the creative drives.

It’s essential to have inspiration, without this you have no real appeal. This may come from your personal circumstances, from friends, work situations or just a ‘bolt of lightening’ among many inspiring thoughts you have day by day.

Finally can I say something about motivation. It’s all up to you no one can motivate you, and certainly the thought of high income is a non- starter for most of us. Even once a book has been completed it is essential to keep thinking positively as you send endless manuscripts to literary editors, most of whom are masters at scuppering you earnest endeavours. All of your powers of motivation will be severely tried as you go about finding a publisher.

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