10/31/13 E-books are changing consumer reading habits

A poll conducted
for USA Today and Bookish, a website designed to help people find and buy
books, found that 40 percent of adults – including 46 percent of those aged 18
to 39 – own an e-reader or a tablet. 
That’s more than double the numbers less than two years ago. Reading
devices are even more popular among college graduates (60 percent said they
have one) and those with annual household incomes of at least $75,000 (62
percent).

      According to the poll, 35 percent of those
with reading devices say they’re reading more books since they got those
devices. “The key breakthrough in publishing is accessibility,” said Peter
Osnos, founder and editor at large of PublicAffairs Books.  “For hundreds of years, when readers heard
about a book they wanted to read, they had to go find it.  In a digital era everything, or most
everything, is instantly available.”

      The poll revealed other interesting
information from e-book readers.  They
read to learn something (72 percent), to be entertained (64 percent), and to be
able to talk with others about the books they’ve read (19 percent).  They’d read more if they had more time (51
percent).  Those reading more because of
their devices are reading science fiction or fantasy (23 percent), mysteries
and crime stories (16 percent), romance (14 percent) and nonfiction (14
percent).  (Readers could list up to
three genres.)

      What factors create interest in a book for
e-readers?  A majority (57 percent) say
it’s their own opinion of the writer’s previous work.  Opinions of relatives or friends came in
second at 43 percent.  Lower were
professional reviewers (17 percent), the book cover (16 percent) and Internet
opinions by non-professionals (10 percent).

Baked goods, please!

            Liz
Schnell and her committee are organizing the bake sale at the Holiday Bazaar this
Saturday, November 2 at the Community Center, with all proceeds going to your
library.  They need baked goods to sell –
especially cakes, small packages of cookies, bars, cinnamon rolls, rice krispie
treats, as well as banana, zucchini and pumpkin breads, because they are the
most popular.   Please do some baking and
wrap your goodies in clear wrap or plastic bags (not aluminum foil) so they are
easily visible.  You can take your
contribution to the Community Center between 4-5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 1)
or early Saturday morning.  For more
information, contact Liz at 264-5735.

            If
you are not a baker, you still can help your library by purchasing these baked
goods at the bazaar.  We hope to see you
there.

 

Halloween movies today

            At 10 a.m. we’ll
show a Halloween movie for young children, and at 1 p.m. we’ll show one for
older children, teens and adults. 

 

Lifelong Learning tonight

            Tonight
(Thursday, Oct. 31) marks the latest in the library’s free six-week fall
Lifelong Leaning lecture series, when Dr. Donald Bruning reviews the history
and growth of West Nile Virus. All Lifelong Learning lectures take place on
Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

 

Free technology classes

            Meg
Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet
issues.  A more formal session on Excel
Basics takes place next Friday, November 8 from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m.  This class requires registration.  

 

Free teen gaming

            Every
Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 

 

Free science fun for tweens

            Tomorrow (Friday,
November 1) is a Science Fun session for tweens in the fourth-sixth grades from
2-3:15 p.m.  Registration required.

 

Free Spanish class

            The
second to last of the free six-week classes on beginning Spanish taught by
Roberta Strickland takes place next Wednesday, November 6 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m..  You do not have to attend all session to
participate.

 

Large print mysteries

            “Sandrine’s
Case” by Thomas H. Cook is a murder mystery. 
“Remnants of Murder” by Elizabeth Lynn Casey is the latest in the
Southern Sewing Circle mystery series.      “Silencing Eve” by Iris Johansen is
the latest in the Eve Duncan series. 
“The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison is about a heist
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 
“Doing the Hard Time” by Stuart Woods is the latest in the Stone
Barrington mystery series.  “The Bones of
Paris” by Laurie R. King is about a missing woman in Paris in 1929.  “Something Borrowed, Someone Dead” by M.C.
Beaton is the latest in the Agatha Raisin mystery series.

 

Other large print

            “Killing
Jesus” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard is a history of Jesus’ life and
times.  “Big Sky Wedding” by Linda Lael
Miller is a western romance. “The Messenger” by Bill Brooks is a western.  “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” by
Andrew Sean Greer is a story of time travel. 
“Ghosts of Bungo Suido” by P.T. Deutermann is a war adventure set on a
U.S. submarine.  “It Had to be You” by
Jill Shalvis is a romantic comedy. 

 

DVDs

            Stephen
Spielberg’s  classic “ET” is now
available as a 2-disc collector’s edition. 

                       

New fiction

            “Star Wars:
Kenobi” by John Jackson Miller is a new book in this fantasy series.  “The Lowland” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa
Lahiri is a family saga set in both India and America.  “The Governor’s Lady” by Robert Inman tells
of a smart, independent woman compelled by circumstances to take charge.  “King’s Mountain” by Sharyn McCrumb is a
novel set in the days of the American Revolution.  “Bleeding Edge” by Thomas Pynchon follows a
lady running a fraud investigation business after the collapse of the dotcom
boom.

 

How-to

            “Kovels’ Antiques &
Collectibles Price Guide 2014” can help you find the value of what you
own.  “Bird Homes and Habitats” by Bill
Thompson III is a Bird Watcher’s Digest guide to help you attract the birds you
want to your yard.  “In the Charcuterie”
by Fatted Calf founders by Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller presents an
unprecedented array of meats and recipes for meat-loving home cooks.  “101 Top Tips from Professional Manga
Artists” by award-winning Manga creator Sonia Leong and other experts pass on
their techniques behind this vibrant art form. 

 

Other new non-fiction

            “The
Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida is a memoir of a very smart and charming
13-year-old boy with autism.   “Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias” by
HLN broadcast journalist Jane Valez-Mitchell is a behind-the-scenes look at
this high-profile court case.  “The
Sports Gene” by Sports Illustrated’s David Epstein looks at why and how great
athletes excel at their sports. 

                                                             

Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Tom Thorpe, Pam Kircher, Pat Jodoin,  Judy Tormohlen, Holly Bergon, Bamma
Laizure, Sheryn McLean, Patricia Lindblad and several anonymous donors.

 

Quotable Quote

            “To disagree, one
doesn’t have to be disagreeable.”  Barry
Goldwater (1909-1998), businessman and five-term U.S. senator from Arizona.

Website

            For more information on library
books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
the comfort of your home – please visit our website at
http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.               

                                                           

                                                        
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