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How Do I Love Reading? Let Me Count the Ways


[Exterior, window display of heart made out of doilies], Digital ID 1151243, New York Public LibraryThis February in the eReading Room we'll be celebrating all the different ways we love to read. If you're the kind of person who will read a cereal box if it's the only thing nearby, you'll want to pay special attention to this four-part series. I'll be detailing some of the new ways we read now, outside of the traditional printed-and-bound-and-published volume (which, don't get me wrong, we still love just as much). This purpose of this series is to help you get the most out of online reading at work, at home, or on the go.

To my Valentine., Digital ID 1588494, New York Public LibraryI Love Reading: PDF and EPUB
All about ebooks and other downloadable text. Whether you have an ereader or mobile device, you read on your computer, or (gasp!) you just print everything out, this post will explain the differences between formats, help you manage your files, and demystify Digital Rights Management (DRM).

St. Valentine's greeting., Digital ID 1588480, New York Public LibraryI Love Reading: News, Blogs, Twitter
As print newspaper subscriptions continue to decline, more people look to the internet for up-to-the-minute news. This post will explain how to stay on top of sources of news and current information — and also how to avoid that feeling of info overload.

Loves token., Digital ID 1588476, New York Public LibraryI Love Reading: Magazines and Long Form Journalism
Sometimes a true story of a unimaginable crime, an industry exposé, or a larger than life personality can be just as gripping as a work of fiction. Many magazines specialize in this type of journalism, and this post will share how online communities have formed around keeping this type of reading alive.

Love's message to my Valentine., Digital ID 1588444, New York Public LibraryI Love Reading: Bookmarks, Pins, Favorites, Sharing
Maybe you read it and loved it and want to share it with others in your community, maybe you need to collect a bibliography for a project or paper, or maybe you want to save something to read or reference later. This post will discuss ways to save the things you read.

Is there anything in particular you'd like to see addressed on any of these topics? Please leave a comment!


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My love for reading....

My love for reading is fulfilled with comics. I have been an avid comic book reader since I was 5. Only problem I had was the amount of clutter. Thank God for digital comics. I can read on my cell phone, laptop, and tablet.

Library e-books

I recently learned how to check out library books on my Kindle and I love the ease of it. I'd like to know the mechanics behind the two-week loan period. How exactly does the book expire? Does it get "taken back" or is it a self-deleting file? And how does a library purchase e-rights? Is it x-amount of money for x-number of rentals? And what is the logic of the e-book only going out one rental at a time like a regular book? Thank you!

Hi Mary, these are good

Hi Mary, these are good questions -- ones we are thinking about quite a lot in library land! Here is a post that addresses common questions about ebooks from both the librarian and patron perspective. For your questions, take a look at #28, "How does DRM work?" and #19 regarding licenses to ebooks. You're right that ebooks are treated like physical books in that we buy a set number of copies that can be used simultaneously. It's the model that has been agreed upon by all the players involved (publishers, authors, distributors), but it's not the only possibility.

My Love For Reading

As a child, I was tempted by many old Dickens, and my father's 'San Antonio' collection (I'm french). I even tried a medical encyclopedia and 'My Little Illustrated Bible', cause I wanted to read so badly -lol! When I was 9 years old, I received my 1st dictionary, wich became my side book best friend! I read 'Le Journal de Mickey' (Mouse), my sister had her 'Pif Gadget' (another children's magazine). We exchanged them regulary. Then, I began to read 'Astérix le Gaulois'. René Goscinny played so wonderfully with french language and latin...! ;)

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