Wizarding World Book Club Launches Today

It’s finally here!

The Wizarding World Book Club, a Pottermore book club specifically made for Harry Potter Books launched this Monday. This is exciting opportunity for Harry Potter lovers because it gives them a chance to discuss their love for Harry Potter with other fans.

The club’s first reading is Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (U.S. title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) which is fitting since this is all in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first book’s publication. Discussions for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will last for five weeks on the Pottermore website and Fridays on Twitter.

And to make it more interesting, they will be weekly discussions, discussions that will have various themes such as:

  • Magic and the Muggle World” (“Is the wizarding world as well-hidden as it likes to believe?”)
  • Friendship” (“Do you agree with Hermione’s belief that friendship and bravery are more important than books and cleverness?”).

Joining the book club is free to join and members will get first access to selected articles, video and other exclusive content.

Sign up today!

A Subway With Its Own Library

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Ever left your house without your book and was facing a long commute to work? Now New Yorkers don’t have to face that dreaded outcome.

The New York Public Library, Queens Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) created a great reading project titled “Subway Library”, free ebooks for your ever daunting commute. These are free downloadable books excerpts or full text that can be accessed through the libraries’ e-reader app, the SimplyE.

This is how it works:

  • When you enter any subway station, connect to the Transit Wireless WiFi
  • Once logged on, you’ll see a prompt to go and visit SubwayLibrary.com
  • And start browsing!

They have various categories ranging from “New York Stories” to “International Tales”. It also organized books for those rare quick commutes or long reads for that ever daily occurring long/delayed commutes.

And don’t forget to lookout for the “library” train! This train has 10 subway cars covered to look like you are traveling in a mobile library. The train alternates between the E and F lines and is decorated with the words “SUBWAY LIBRARY”.

It is always a book lover’s dream to have a library travel around with them. This project may have made their dreams come true.

For more details and book recommendations, please visit the library’s website.

 

 

 

Calling All Writers! Get Published in Library Magazine

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Are you a fellow writer or artist who lives in New York State? Then here is news that is just for you!

The New York Public Library has a new literary publication called, Library Zine: Voices from Across The New York Public Library. It looks to showcase the works of the diverse communities the Library proudly serves. Their second issue asks for short stories, poems, artworks, and essays that surround this issue’s theme: Build A Better World. This theme coincides with the summer reading theme that is celebrated throughout most libraries in the United States.

So if you live in New York State, this is a great opportunity to show everyone how creative you are! For more details please visit their website.

 

Amazon Books Won’t Bring Indie Bookstores to Their Knees

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When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:

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By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Officially Coming to Broadway

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American Harry Potter fans now have a reason to rejoice! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be coming to Broadway!

The critically acclaimed play made its debut at London’s Palace Theater in July 2016 and in true Harry Potter fandom fashion, theater goers were scrambling to get the hottest ticket in town. Now, producers have just announced that Cursed Child will makes its Broadway premiere on April  22, 2018 at the Lyric Theater:

The Broadway transfer was first announced a few months ago, along with plans to renovate the Lyric Theatre to meet the specifications of the show. Casting information has yet to be revealed, so it remains to be seen whether any of the British cast will reprise their roles on Broadway.

Tickets for the show will go on sale this fall so a be on a lookout and don’t miss your chance to see what is definitely going to be the hottest ticket of the year!

E-Book Sales Decline As Paperback Sales Rise

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Those who said the printed word was dead might want to take that back.

A news report suggests that people are ditching e-books and are returning to the good old fashioned printed books. E-book sales have declined 18.7% in the U.S. over a period of nine months in the beginning of 2016, according to the Association of American Publishers. While e-books’ sales decreased, paperbacks and hardcovers sales increased.

A similar trend occurred in the UK. As reported by the Guardian newspaper:

Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011 – the year the ebook craze took off as Jeff Bezos’ market-dominating Amazon Kindle took the UK by storm.

It is the second year running that sales of consumer ebooks – the biggest segment of the £538m ebook market, which fell 3% last year – have slumped as commuters, holidaymakers and leisure readers shelve digital editions in favour of good old fashioned print novels.

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BritBox…An Anglophile’s Dream Come True

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Not only am I a fan of British Literature, I am a huge fan of British TV shows. I always take the chance to watch (or rewatch) any shows that come from across the pond. That’s why I was ecstatic when I found about BritBox, a new streaming venture, created by the BBC and ITV, that consists of a large catalog of TV shows from these networks for US customers. For $6.99 a month, you’ll be able to watch classic episodes like Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers and modern/current episodes like EastEnders and Coronation Street. You will find hours of entertainment with this great streaming service!

And BritBox even has something for book lovers! Their video library consists of great TV shows that were adapted from books. Because honestly, who does a great literary adaptation, other than the British? Here are some great examples:

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World Book Night

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

No, it’s not Christmas. Today is UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Book and Copyright Day! Today, the world recognizes what we book lovers already knew…the great effect that books have on our lives and the continued support we can give them. UNESCO couldn’t even say it better myself:

Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.”

Now don’t confuse this with the UK’s and Ireland’s World Book Day that occurred in March. The sentiments are the same and March’s book day is geared more towards kids, this day has a particular literary reference. On this day in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died while prominent authors Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo were all born on April 23. Continue reading “World Book Night”

Earth Day 2017

 Happy Earth Day! Today is the day we take the time to appreciate the one thing that gives us sustenance to continue living on this beautiful planet. I love nature and I love taking beautiful pictures of it. That is why we need to take care of Mother Earth and protect so it will be sustainable for future generations. Take a look at the pictures I took below. Isn’t it time we take the opportunity to start protecting these beautiful landscapes?

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Lake Windermere (Windermere, England)

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New Theme, New Look!

Hello fellow Book Lovers!

You may have noticed that the website has changed a little bit. While I did make a couple of changes, don’t fret! You will still get all the great book info you need to get through the day. I just changed the background, added an icon picture, gave the website an actual home page, and much more! Hope you enjoy the new look and look out for new changes coming your way.

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