Quote of the Day

A book, purchased by our French side of the family, came in this bag from the Shakespeare and Company book shop in Paris.

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Quote of the Day

Books are the engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, guardians of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.

– Sir Ian McKellen (quoting Barbara W. Tuchman and others) at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony –


Quote of the Day

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

-Mark Twain –

Free Books at Rushmoor Park Oberursel

In July 2011, a typical English phone booth at Rushmoor Park in Oberursel opened its doors to become host to another public library.

Since it is open to the public, anybody can borrow a book or drop one off. You can sit down and read on the spot (there are some benches for your convenience) or take the book/books home.

There is no signing in or out – feel free to take what you need. Of course, you can also drop off your unwanted books there. At the moment, among many other books, you also find three math books and a French dictionary. The range of available books keeps growing.

BookCrossing members also use this spot for a convenient drop-off. I had a notification just this morning from a member, who has registered and released three books, such as Falsetto by Anne Rice, at the phone booth at Rushmoor Park.

Either way, this is a great way for people to read books and/or meet.

Note: You do not have to be a BookCrossing member to use this facility.

Reading Books in Print or Screen

As a private teacher, I have a little library full of Dr. Seuss, Sesame Street, and Mister and Miss Books, among hundreds of others. I still read the old-fashioned way, because I am happy holding a paper book in my hand. My Landsmann Johannes Gutenberg would be pleased with me.

On the other hand, I need to be informed of what other means of reading devices are available today.

Fortunately, I found a very useful article, comparing all possible reading devices, such as the Amazon Kindle, the first – and second generation iPads, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, an iPhone, a Windows Phone, a phone using Google’s Android system, an Android tablet and a laptop computer, in last week’s edition of the New York Times.

Last, but not least, the author also used a regular paperback book to compare.

I am not ready yet to change my reading habits, but reading screens for everyone are on the visible horizon.

If you need any advice on what to purchase for your reading, then read Nick Bilton’s evaluation Deciding on a Book, and How to Read It.

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