The Future of Books

The Future of BooksIf you look at pictures of a woman in a kitchen taken 30 years ago, you might see her with an apron, hands covered in flour and an open recipe book on the workbench as she bakes another delicious creation. The book would be something like The Family Circle Cookbook and recipes would include roast lamb, chicken and beef recipes and how to make delicious soups, a somewhat lost art.

Fast forward to today and the woman or man in the kitchen will have replaced the book with an iPad, smartphone or a laptop. Instructional books seem to have gone the same way. Almost every book ever written is available on the internet through Amazon or a number of public, free, online libraries. Is the future of books a done deal?

Oddly enough, the death of the printed book has been greatly exaggerated. There was a period of time when Kindle and iPads cut deeply into hard copy book sales but there seems to have been a recovery. Statistics shows that over the past two years paperback books have increased in sales by about 10% annually. How can one explain this? Ebooks are being written by the thousand each day, but somehow, the digital book and the paperback have learnt to live comfortably side by side.

There is a famous bookshop that deals exclusively with old books, some more than 100 years old. They are collectors items. What is written in them may be accessed digitally via the internet but there’s nothing like the feeling of physically opening the cover of a book and feeling the pages between your fingers. You are transported back in time reading such a traditional, old book, more so than switching on your Kindle.

People still buy books from this old shop online and the owner mixes the electronic, modern age method of ordering with the age old method of wrapping and sealing. The protection of the books that he posts out is done by using a vacuum sealer to keep the book safe from atmospheric conditions and the then this sealed book is packaged further with cardboard before popping it into a padded postal bag. It matters not whether the book is a timeworn edition or a new release. The paper needs to be protected from the elements.

When you set aside an afternoon to do some reading how do you go about it? Do you shuffle through the paperbacks stacked in your bookcase and make a selection based on the blurb and the cover? Or do you switch on your iPad and Kindle and read your book digitally? It’s hard to get away from tried and true relaxation which includes holding a book in your hand while you lay back on your sofa or bed or on a banana lounge on the beach. You can allow your imagination to carry you to some exotic place and relate to the characters portrayed in the novel. Share their emotions page by page. If you use an electronic device, you will always be tempted to check your social page or the latest news. Books are here to stay.

The Future of Books

Top DIY books to help you ace at DIY jobs

Even if it is a simple table or bookshelf, making something on your own is a highly satisfying experience that cannot match with something you bought from the store. DIYs make you value your creation more, even if it is not valued as much, when you decide to sell it.

Creating things on your own involves some amount of physical and mental exertion, which makes you put additional value on the creation. And people do love handmade things. While craving to do things on your own is natural, you need to have some kind of guidance to make sure your work turns out well.

This is where books come in handy. DIY books are numerous in number, but not all of them are good enough. We have picked out a few quality ones you are sure to find useful.

Reader’s Digest’s Complete DIY Manual

This is undisputedly the classic king of all DIY manuals. Many homeowners have benefitted from the manual. For those who think that they can manage on their own without professional help, this book provides great service and is doing it since 1973. The book has been updated continuously to ensure all information is relevant and suitable for the present.

The Family Handyman and Reader’s Digest made an updated DIY manual published in 2005. The book practices an easy approach to DIY making it easy to perform the tasks. Having the right tools also helps in speeding up your project. The reciprocating saw found at http://jasonsawreviews.com/best-reciprocating-saw-reviews/for instance, is very useful for all kinds of DIY work at home or office. The book is a treasure trove of information in all kinds of jobs including woodworking, using power tools, masonry, plumbing, electricity and interiors.

Black & Decker Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair

This very effective book equals that of Reader’s Digest DIY manual. If you are looking to start your DIY journey or are already into it, this book is a definite addition to have. It provides answers to all the doubts and queries you have regarding repairs. It is actually difficult to find a subject that the book does not talk about.

And the best part of the book is of course the pictures. They are candid and practical making you attempt tasks, which you had earlier not given, thought to. Ensure you have a good tool set to undertake the more tough jobs. This awesome saw available at JasonSawReviews is the best tool for all types of cutting jobs on wood, metal etc.

Better Homes and Gardens – Big Book of Home How-To

This book is certainly a big improvement on the classic home improvement classics from Better Homes and Gardens. You can find around 200 undertakings all with systematic instructions, while the photos though not of the calibre of Black & Decker manage to be more of a practical nature.

The actual truth is all the above books provide the information you seek, but in different ways and as far as the ideal book is concerned, the book that makes you do your DIY task easily is of course the best one.

The Best Way to Save Our Books From The Apocalypse

book-1063328_960_720Recent events and some earlier posts here may have reminded you of the Apocalypse, whether you believe in the religious connotations of end-of-world scenarios or not. It does not matter what you believe at this stage. One thing that is a reality is that it is quite possible (to quote a line from a movie from this doomsday genre) that the world, as we know it, could end soon. Or as the Hebrew scholars (ancient or present day) insist, not for at least another thousand years. The opinions propagated by fundamentalists, no matter which religion they are affiliated to, don’t count because if you are well-read, you will know that much of what they say (or do) is not informed in a scholarly or literary way.

Books preserve history

There are two poignant moments from two post-Apocalypse movies from the same production crew which have books as its subject matter. In The Day After Tomorrow, sensible survivors are gathering together hundreds of books to add as fuel to a hot fire that is going to keep them alive during the big freeze. They are riding out the storm in New York City’s public library. After being questioned why he has set aside this particularly large, well-bound and ancient book, a confirmed atheist states that with the Bible, all human history can start life over again.

The second scene takes place in a small cockpit within the bowels of a modern-day Noah’s ark after the world has been destroyed as predicted through ancient Mayan prophesies. A brilliant, young scientist remarks that while this particularly modest but no less optimistic adventure story received no acclaim or interest from the literary and general public, this small tome would live on in history as the first printed book of the new age into which his fellow scientist and love interest and thousands of other saved souls were heading.

 

The world’s first book

church-1024315_960_720Although these are only stories, it is the salt from which legends are born. And the most famous medium through which so many tales of adventure, survival and heroism have been told throughout the centuries since the printing press printed the first Bible remains the good old fashioned book. What if there was an apocalyptic event then? How would we be able to preserve and save all our treasure troves of stories, history and just plain old good advice? Here’s a novel idea; purchase a thick, heavy-duty water and fire-proof metal gun-safe, a large one, mind you, so that you can squeeze at least a thousand books into it.

Novel or not, much like the books themselves, this is all food for thought. Perhaps we could talk to our federal government or local municipality about creating a Fort Knox just for books and manuscripts.

 

This idea may seem amusing to some, but book lovers will attest to this necessity. What they will also tell their non-reading peers is this; no matter what may happen in the future, the stories and accounts they have read over the years, will, in any case, still be preserved with them.