“Another, more counterintuitive possibility is that the 2011 demise of Borders, the second-biggest chain, dealt a surprising blow to the e-book industry. Readers could no longer see what they wanted to go home and order. ‘The print industry has been aiding and assisting the e-book industry since the beginning,’ said [Michael Norris, a Simba Information analyst who follows the publishing industry].”
I fell in love with reading at 13 when I bought Stephen King’s Thinner with my paper route money. Today I read several books per year, and listen to just as many in audio format. Here are several books that caught my attention this year, including comics, fiction and non-fiction. You’re sure to find something for at least one book lover on your list below.
I’m pleased to announce that my new book, co-authored with Michael Grothaus, is now available. Using iMovie ’11 from Pearson Press leads you through the process of creating fantastic movies with Apple’s iMovie. You’ll learn everything from importing video to editing, audio options, using themes even more. You’ll even read about advanced techniques like green screen and picture-in-picture.
More Than A Book
The best part is that Using iMovie ’11 is more than a book. It is highly integrated with online video, audio, and additional bonus content. You can read a step-by-step tutorial and then watch a screencast of the very same process, making it easy to understand and follow along. You’ll also find audio snippets from Mike and me, in which we further discuss topics covered in the book.
Using iMovie ’11 offers best-of-class instruction to the beginning audience and Mike and I are proud of it. If you or someone you know is looking to get into iMovie, here’s a fantastic guide (and reference for the rest of us).
I recently purchased a book from Scout Books and fell in love right away. So much so that I bought a subscription to the American Short Stories collection 1. Today I’ve got 10 beautiful, friendly books featuring classic shorts and fantastic illustrations. The collection includes:
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated by Tom Neely
Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, illustrated by Zack Soto
To Build A Fire by Jack London, illustrated by Michael C. Hsiung
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, illustrated by Kate Bingaman-Burt
Eve’s Diary by Mark Twain, illustrated by Meg Hunt
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, illustrated by Aaron Renier
The Jelly Bean by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by Vanessa Davis
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, illustrated by Gemma Correll
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, illustrated by Bwana Spoons
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, illustrated by François Vigneault
As electronic books and readers become increasingly popular, it’s especially charming to hold such a thoughtfully made, physical book. Someday I hope my kids will inherit a nice library of titles form ‘ol dad, and the Scout Books will be a very nice addition.
Last week I ordered a book from Scout Books and today it arrived. Scout Books makes small, pocket-sized notebooks and books that are absolutely charming. They’re approximately the size of a Field Notes Brand notebook (same width but about 1/2 inch shorter) and have between 30 and 36 pages.
A bought An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, ($4.00, free shipping) which contains two short stories by Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and A Horseman In The Sky. It was illustrated by François Vigneault, who did a fantastic job. His bold, single-color images look like woodcuts and feel at home on the small pages. The text is razor-sharp and easy to read. Carrying this thing around in your pocket is just plain fun.
Here’s what’s really cool: you can create your own notebooks and books with Scout Books. Imagine how fun it would be to promote a larger work (give away a free chapter), enhance a family reunion or just about anything else you can think of.
Electronic books are swell but this little thing just feels right to me. I love it and will be ordering more (maybe even a subscription). You’ll find several larger photos after the break.
“We have received new release date information related to the order you placed on August 25, 2011. The item(s) listed below will actually ship sooner than we originally expected based on the new release date:
Walter Isaacson ‘Steve Jobs’
Previous estimated arrival date: November 28 2011 – November 30 2011
New estimated arrival date: October 27 2011 – October 31 2011”
That’s a change of nearly a month. Originally set for release on March 6, 2012, the date was accelerated to November 21, 2011 last August. I’m looking forward to reading it very much.
Stephen King has written a sequel to The Shining, entitled Doctor Sleep. Above is a clip of Stephen doing a reading from the novel at George Mason University. io9 sums up the plot:
“In the book, Danny is a hospice worker who uses his powers to help ill patients to pass away without pain. Unfortunately, he runs afoul of a gang of wandering psychic vampires who feed on people’s energy.”