This is Not the End of the Book

22 Dec

Just in case you are worried that ebooks will be the death of a)books, b)publishing, c)fiction, d)authors, e)everything else.

Fear not because This is Not the End of the Book.

Read the thoughtful essays by Jean-Claude Carrière and Umberto Eco on the past, present and future of the book. Both of them avid book collectors with a deep understanding of history, they have explored through their work, both written and visual, the many and varied ways in which ideas have been represented through the ages.

This beautifully produced book, proof of the lasting power of books itself, is the transcription of a long conversation between the two men in which they discuss a vast range of subjects, from what can be defined as the first book, to the idea of the library, the burning of books both accidental and deliberate, and what will happen to knowledge and memory when infinite amounts of information are available at the click of a mouse. En route there are delightful digressions into personal anecdote about everything from Eco’s first computer to the book Carrière is most sad to have sold.

Readers will close this book feeling that they have had the privilege of eavesdropping on an intimate discussion between two great minds. And while, as Carrière says, the one certain thing about the future is that it is unpredictable, it is clear from this conversation that, in some form or other, the book will survive. After all, as Eco says: like the spoon, once invented, it cannot be bettered.

Sources for free Kindle ebooks

22 Dec

A few sources for free and easily available ebooks for the Kindle.

Jungle-Search lets you search for ebooks for the Kindle, including free ebooks.

eReaderIQ provides Amazon Kindle price drop alerts, watches your favorite titles to let you know when they are available for Kindle, and gives you a regularly updated list of all non-public domain freebies on Amazon.com.

Kindle Fire setup, tips and references

22 Dec

If you’re shopping for a Kindle Fire take a look at the comprehensive set of tips, tutorials and setup instructions on the Amazon.com Kindle Fire Support page: