Thursday, September 11, 2008

A, B, C, D, E-books!

Firstly, I've got to say that I was quite impressed with "Kindle". I had never heard of it before, but the machine itself seems quite impressive. It apparently holds 200 books, and can keep blogs updated regularly throughout your day and will deliver newspapers directly to the device too! hardly needs to leave home...!

While I am impressed with the low prices to download e-books after the initial outlay for the device itself, I still cannot justify or understand who would want to read a book off this hand held device. Surely there would be no pleasure associated with this, as it could not possibly produce a comfortable 'reading font'!

Both LibriVox and Google Book Search had all the author names I searched:- Emily, Anne & Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, H.G Wells, Leo Tolstoy, Jane Austen... Both offered an array of 'hits'.

My searches were done easily by providing the authors' name. Each search bought up multiple listings and also offered additional information.

LibriVox provided details of other 'works in progress' (as opposed to 'completed') of my chosen author.

Google Book Search gave lots of options beginning with splitting my initial search in to "books by (Leo Tolstoy)..." or "books that mention (Leo Tolstoy)..." which I thought was a great option. It then broke the search down again by offering the following which could also be useful:-

Refine results for author:"Leo Tolstoy":
Literary Criticism / Russian & Former Soviet Union
Study Aids / Book Notes
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / War & Military
Fiction / Historical

While I don't think these would be sites that I would personally use, it is good to know that they exist!

1 comment:

Simple Simon said...

Clever little Aunty! You must have spent hours on this one and you have stolen a march on me this time. I am still poking about in Ex # 20 and have only got to the stage of drafting my response using pen and paper. You will have to wait awhile to view the final response though I do hope to have it posted either by tomorrow or the following day.