Thursday, May 29, 2008
Then, I saw a picture of the perfect ebook reader, the XO2. It's not only an ebook reader, it's a laptop planned by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. Right away I felt compelled to buy one! The screen looks cheery and colorful in contrast to the grey and white of other readers. It folds like a book and you can read it in both dim and brightly lit settings with low power consumption. The only down side is that I'll have to wait till an estimated 2010 before I can buy it. Maybe I'll buy the predecessor to tidy me over, the XO 1. At $200US it sure is a lot cheaper than the competition.
For those interested in knowing more about the XO that is currently available here are links for pictures, donating laptops, or to buy one yourself through the Give One Get One program (available later this year).
"The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege." Laptop.org
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Searching for book-inspired architecture I found two buildings designed to look like books. The two could not be more diverse, but are equally intriguing to admire. The Kansas City Public Library looks like a row of older volumes, while the controversial House of Free Creativity in Turkmenistan is a mirror-like single open book.
Imagine being able to find the book you want in a shop with a location device that beeps as you get closer to the book. Or for bookshops, imagine one person able to run a stock-take in a fraction of the time it normally takes. This is the power of RFID. See the video below for a conversation on the technology.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The books are exclusive, not even available in stores yet. We have a limited number, if you want a copy act quickly. Only one book per member.
The Other by David Guterson
A moving tale in the tradition of Into the Wild, about the mixed blessings that friendship can bring ...
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale
The dramatic story of the real-life murder that inspired the birth of modern detective fiction.
The Dark Mountain by Catherine Jinks
Based on a true story this is a compelling and intriguing family saga - a novel of closely guarded family secrets, public shame and private passion.
The Outlander by Gil Adamson
A haunting tale about passionate crime and retribution, precarious survival and love, that tells of one young woman's deliberate journey...
Make sure you:
- Join a book club and add the featured book to your "I want to read" bookshelf (the first members to do this will get a copy of the book)
- Ensure your address details are filled out in your profile so we can send you the book
- Forward this email to your friends!
(Free books only for Australia and New Zealand mailing addresses, we're working on publishers in other countries)
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Eucalyptus oil wafted under my nose while I was at Abbey's receiving desk at the back. Expecting the smell of books I was puzzled and said so. To which I was informed by knowing eyes how wonderfully well eucalyptus oil works in removing price tags and adhesives in general. I was then warned not to use it to clean keyboards as others had gotten carried away with its cleaning power to only find it has an unwanted effect on plastics. They melt.
Next time you're looking to remove a sticker from a book use eucalyptus oil, just be careful to not use it on CD covers or keyboards...so I've been told.
Image via Wikipedia.