Redeemed Reader shared this video but I don't seem to be able to get the YouTube feature to work this morning. Paper lovers will love it because it makes a good point for paper over technology. Do go check it out if you'd like a good laugh. **Update 6/1/13 - the YouTube feature is working again. Yay.
Modern Reformation magazine has posted an article from their most recent issue. The Book That Isn't Really There: Digital Texts and Declining Discipleship by John J. Bombaro is an interesting read. While I like the convenience (and lower price) of e-books, I'd have to agree with him -- e-books are not (as) conducive to deep concentration while you read in the same way that print books are. To quote Mr. Bombaro: Reading practices formed by Internet scanning do not lend themselves to deep consideration, let alone memorization of information in context. And here's another great quote: "I downloaded that book" cannot mean the same thing as "I own a copy of that book," much less that I have marked it up with marginal notes and made it my own.
But since e-books are so convenient, as is listening to audio books, Amazon's new deals to buy audio books at a discount when you buy/download some of their e-books sounds like a great idea and gospel e-books has a post about how it works. I prefer listening to audio books on long car trips and this way I can listen while driving and then continue reading on my Kindle when I'm relaxing with out it costing me an arm and a leg. I just hope it will keep track of what page I'm on in both formats.
Between being in a bit of a letter writing slump and life simply being extra busy, I am way behind on my correspondence and blog posts. But I'm trying to dig my way out slowly but surely and have managed to write three letters in as many days. And to sort of start catching up on blogging, here's my outgoing mail so far this week.
Here's a short article with some great photos of The Regional Assembly of Text in Vancouver, BC. For several years we tried to get our local gift/stationery store to host similar letter writing events, but to no avail. That's part of the reason we had to start our own letter writing club a couple years ago but someday I'd still like to visit this store on one of their letter writing nights.
The Well Appointed Desk has posted a tutorial of how to replace the ink sac of old fountain pens. I have an old Esterbrook that needs a new ink sac so I'm toying with the idea of replacing it myself, if I can get up the courage. ;-)
There are some really great Kindle deals today. Thomas Nelson has 40 of their ebooks, including several Bibles and Christian reference books, marked down until tomorrow night. The MacArthur Study Bibles (NKJV/NASB) are just $4.99, Nelson's Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts is $2.99. Checkout GospelEbooks for the complete list.
Happy Stars Wars Day, at least that's what I'm seeing lots of places online. My favorite library cat that I follow on Facebook (well, when I remember to log on, that is) even posted about it. Are you doing anything special for the day? Having a Star Wars movie fest? I'll confess to seeing the movies numerous times years ago but can't say I'm doing anything special today, just laundry and housework. And trying to sort through stuff so we can have a garage/yard sale and get rid of things we no longer use. But since I've been so bad about posting here, I wanted to share a few links that I liked. Letter writing, pens and paper:
South Coast Plaza (in Orange county, CA) recently held a letter writing campaign for our troops in Iraq. They collected an impressive 507 letters. When my daughter held her letter writing event to gather thank you letters for our troops as her senior project in high school, we would have been thrilled to collect 100 letters.
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo