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

Books Worth Saving

Books Worth SavingThough the Internet has seriously changed the way information is distributed throughout the world, there was a time not too long ago when books were the main go to for people who wanted to learn something. Sure, there were and still are magazines and newspapers for people looking to learn the latest trends or what’s happening in their country or around the world, but these aren’t the same as books loaded with useful information. Because books are so useful as stores of knowledge which allows that information to be retrieved at any time, there are some books which are just worth saving.

This is in spite of the fact so much text is digitized and read from the opposite side of a computer monitor these days. Books can be read even without electricity, which is probably the only reason they haven’t completely disappeared from the world yet. Getting back to books worth saving, perhaps it’s more accurate to say information worth saving. Consider medical texts that tell us about human anatomy and physiology, or the various diseases and sicknesses which can malign a person and how to treat those illnesses effectively. Such information is really invaluable when you stop to think about it.

If that is understood, then it makes sense that medical books would be books worth saving. There are other books like this too. What about books which describe the manufacture of various tools, as well as the ways to use those tools to create other things, maybe even other tools which could be used for further projects? Just have a look at http://beltsanderworld.com/ for an example. If there weren’t shop and technical education classes that taught kids how to use devices like these growing up, would they even know how to use them? Would they even know what they were for?

book savingInstructional manuals and technical guides are some of the most informative texts possessed by the human race. They contain information learned through years, decades, perhaps even centuries of experimentation, application and learning. These bits of information are also the things people tend to take for granted today, in a world where information of all kinds is so easy to get with a quick Internet search. What if there was no Internet? There are people alive today who can tell you about what life was like without it. Your parents might even know, if you’re not a younger person.

Repair manuals are another treasure people take for granted. If we really end up in Mad Max times like the old (and new) movie depicts, knowing how to fix up an old engine, drain a carburetor or reset a timing chain can only help, and you won’t just be able to look that knowledge up with a fast search. This is probably a better example than the Belt Sander World one, because more people drive around than use belt sanders on a day to day basis. But whatever knowledge you’re trying to find, the odds are good it can be found in books, and that’s the main point here.

Interesting uses of LED Lighting

Interesting uses of LED LightingThe amazing changes technology brings to our lives are beyond compare. Take for instance the evolution of lighting systems. The LEDs, which were earlier used only in laser pointers, have now become a commonly used lighting feature in various aspects of our life. From LED TVs and headlights to wallpaper and even clothing, the LEDs have pervaded our space albeit in a positive light.

When compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs are very compact and don’t radiate heat. More important is the fact that they consume less energy. Other advantages include a flexible and plastic design, which enables these lights to be used in various innovative methods, which is not possible with other lighting types. Here are some of the most exciting, bizarre and funny uses of LEDs.

Virtual Sky

LED lights save energy eight times more than the conventional incandescent bulbs we use. Moreover, research indicates that LED is also instrumental in making us productive and happier. This was tested by replacing the ceiling panels in working place with LED modules that mimic sky. Workers feel as if they are out in the open. The LEDs being less harsh than the fluorescent bulbs their positive effect is certainly believable.  As working in natural light has been found to increase productivity by over 15 percent, the LEDs help in better work atmosphere and more productivity.

LED in car sunroof

It is natural for your car to get steamy and hot, when you leave it out in direct sunlight. But the sunlight can be turned to your advantage. The new LED powered by solar rays fitted to the sunroof of your car will illuminate the car interior. You also find LED light bars such as at http://lightbarland.com/ which you can use to increase visibility, while driving at night. Even break lights and turn signals are made of LEDs.

Contact lens

A stunning new invention by Finland’s Aalto University uses bionic type of contact lens that aims at changing our view of reality. The bionic lens transmits visual information to a sapphire transparent chip fitted with LED. This helps the person wearing it to view their computer screen directly without any other additions needed. With just your contacts and eyes you can check you mail, browse etc.

Light strips

Interesting uses of LED LightingThe LEDs are available in strips, which can be taped inside your car. These LEDs are elegant and handy available in a wide range of colors. The lights are versatile and light in weight. The roll of LED lights can be cut for use in projects. So instead of hiring a lighting contractor or specialist you can do the job cheaper and easier. The LED light bars such as the EYOURLIFE LED BARS are used by motorists for better lighting while riding. The LED strips are also waterproof.

Wall panels

With the new luminous LED wall panels, you can easily do away with the annoying chore of painting your walls regularly. The LED panels from Philips can configure in different color combinations so you can change the color of your walls easily.

Books about Karaoke

Books about KaraokeKaraoke is the singing of songs, the sort of thing you seem to find in bars, clubs and other spots where people drink too much. But you find it at home, at offices, at holiday parties and just about every other event where lots of people get together in one place. It’s the activity you often hear about but rarely find through written content, at least until now. Today, you’ll see several books which pertain to karaoke, each of which might make a nice read if you have a real interest in the history and culture of the concept.

Don’t Stop Believin’ is a rather popular song from rock group Journey. It’s also the name of a book by Brian Raftery, a book which covers the evolution of karaoke from what begin as a sort of cult fad to the widespread, widely enjoyed activity it is today. It’s an educational piece mixed with a sort of first-person view of different karaoke experiences in different parts of the world. You’ll hear about different bars, karaoke practices, house rules, machine reviews and more, all from the same person who lived through learning it all firsthand. The price is right too if you’re shopping on a budget.

Karaoke around the World is a title you can pick up easily through Google Play, though you may be able to find the book through other outlets as well. Like the first title listed, this book covers much of the history of karaoke, but from a broader perspective than that of one man visiting each location individually. Because it’s more of a collective effort, the tone and pace of the writing seem to shift several times between the front and back covers of this book. It still manages to avoid coming across as disjointed though, so consider it if you’re looking for more karaoke history.

If you’re more interested in reading about what’s new with karaoke, you might want to start by checking out the latest system specs of machines being manufactured today. Some come with multiple microphones for duets, built-in speakers which require no extra wires, recording features for playing back performances later and other nice extra perks. You can directly gain an appreciation for the history of the karaoke machine by looking at something like the Microky Duostar X14 and comparing it to machines from the last 10, 20, 30 years or even further back if you really want to.

Reading through informational books, manuals and other content can teach you a lot about pretty much anything, karaoke machines included. That’s one of the beautiful things about books – they are excellent stores of information and they still hold their messages today, waiting to relay them to the next reader who comes along. The only problem is, you don’t know if a particular book is a good resource until you’ve already looked through it. Unless you have somebody to give you a heads up like this, that is. If you want to learn more about karaoke, start with Don’t Stop Believin’ and Karaoke around the World.