Woman Types Out Entire Novel On A BlackBerry

You know those people who sit down and text all day? It’s as if they are sitting down to type a novel of a text message. Well, turns out that a woman actually did write out an entire novel directly from her blackberry. I don’t know how healthy that is for your joints, but it’s pretty cool.

Georgina Campbel, a 41 year old woman, claims that she was watching a movie with her daughter. After the movie was done, she bet her daughter that she could write something better. Four months later and 55,600 words, she finalized the first cellphone written novel – Kickdown Girls.

This is what she said: I started typing on my BlackBerry because it was something I had with me all the time and could easily just take out and start typing anywhere. I was writing on the train, on breaks at work, waiting for a bus, having a bath, when I was walking around – anywhere. It took over my life – all I thought about morning to night was writing the book. It was almost like a holiday. I’d just sit down and start typing the book on my BlackBerry using my two thumbs. It was one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done – and to have it published is just amazing.

But sadly, not that many people are liking the book. Sure, it’s a hell of a feat, but you still need to be a writer in order to get things across the right way. Just because you have a tremendous amount of persistence, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a great book. A review left on Amazon reads: “I could barely finish the first chapter. Appalling grammar, crudely written it’s almost in text-speak. It reads as if written by a child, I don’t even want to give it 1 star but I have to, to complete this review. Don’t waste your money on it.”

Well, I still have to give it to her, but I’ll just wait until the book gets turned into an ABC family series to see what it’s all about. In case you’re interesting at giving this a shot, The Kickdown Girls is available on Amazon for purchase.

Via Herald Sun

Higher Academia and E-Readers

E-readers are becoming more and more common in today’s society. Amazon expects to sell more e-books than printed books this year. Institutions of higher education have long resisted the trend towards e-readers, but master’s degree research suggests e-readers may improve students’ ability to retain information if some of the technology’s limitations can be addressed.

The major problem with e-readers is they’re designed for pleasure reading rather than academic reading and thus lack some features students need for scholarly use. Academic reading requires students to interact with the text in different ways, which may not be supported by current e-reader technology.

For example, most e-readers make it difficult for students to take notes while they’re reading. Many students mark up books, highlighting key passages or writing notes in the margins. E-readers’ functionality mostly remains limited in this regard, and while some students carry paper so they can take notes as they read, others prefer to carry printed books so they can continue to take notes the usual way.

Of course, e-books can’t and shouldn’t simply mimic printed books. To make these needed improvements e-reader designers should consider how to best meet students’ needs in academic settings. For example, the Amazon Kindle provides standardized locations within text, regardless of the font size readers use, they can navigate to specific places in the text that are marked as “locations.” Similar technology could be used to help students look up references in other books loaded onto their e-readers or to navigate to a parallel notes page.

Designers also need to consider the strategies students use to retain information. Many students pre-read by skimming illustrations or subheadingss before reading the text. Devices that make this difficult will prove less useful to scholars (and likely other readers as well).

Despite these shortcomings, the technology is worth developing because it could eventually be more convenient for students. E-readers could replace bulky, heavy textbooks, save paper on printed texts, and more flexibly accommodate students’ different reading and learning styles.

When e-reader technology catches up with academic needs, it will likely become a large part of college students’ reading experiences. However, e-readers probably won’t completely replace paper books, at least not immediately. Instead, they’re likely to become one more tool in students’ reading arsenal, and perhaps in time the whole arsenal itself.

New York City Scratch and Sniff Book

If anyone wrote a scratch and sniff book about your house, would anyone want to read it? And now, we are entering the main bedroom… you like that smell? I don’t think my house would sell, at least not my part of the house, my wife’s is a different story though.

But a town is something massive, I’ve been to New York once, and it didn’t smell that great so don’t ask me why anyone thought it would be a great idea to make a book that smells just like new york.

Amber Jones is a first time author that believes the world’s children deserve to take their early innocent noses down to New York, Phew York avenue.

Like any other town, New York has it’s smells that range from, wow, gag. According to Amber, the idea came after she was overtaken by the smell of New York as she searched for a local Pizza shop. She sniffed and sniffed and some how ended up with the idea of having a scratch and sniff book for new york.

It will have 30 urban smells from 19 different neighborhoods in an illustrated scratch and sniff adventure for children. They will be able to smell, baked breads, hot dog stands, fish, and even garbage trucks. Amazing idea she thought, until she tried to go to the publishers who very kindly turned her down. The cost would be to much and the idea sounds plain silly. Regardless Amber want’s to get this book published so she turned to Kickstarter and is going to publish the book her self.

Jones just recently met her $20,000 funding goal and the book is available for order on her website. I kind of want to order it just to see what it’s all about. I wouldn’t give it to a child though, this is a book for mature noses…

Kickstarter, via Scentsational Books

What Will The Books Of Tomorrow Look Like?

This is a question that I as a student had for a long time, and is a question that I as a husband still have to this day. My wife pays over $1000 in books. The bad thing about this purchase is that at the end of the school year, the books are sold back to the school for not even 1/6 of the price. Last year she was able to sell her books and received less than $280 a huge loss for us. Most of the books that she had to sell back had already moved to the better more improved version of 1.01 and the following year they will move version 1.02 and so on. Not only is this bad economically, but it’s also bad for the environment! how many trees have to be destroyed each year to make these books? hundreds of thousands I’m sure. Several book companies have finally been “slapped in the face” ,figuratively speaking, by technology. What is the point of printing out all these books and loosing money, when they can set up one application for the iPad or Tablet that can sell you the books directly? They need less workers, they lose less money, and they save more trees! Best of all, they can sell the books fairly cheap for everyone to be able to afford them.

The infographic below actually talks about the book problem. And it talks about fixing this problem by making everything electronic. South Korea is expected to have only electronic books by 2015. This will be great for everyone there, but when are we going to catch up? and how much will it cost us?

Textbooks of Tomorrow

The Greatest Bookstore Ever

You can’t beat a deal like this! I’ve seen a lot of specials in my life, everything from free food, down to buy one get one free options. But this is probably the first time I’ve seen anything like this. I Imagine that the store owners just completely gave up with keeping up with the store all together or maybe they’re just looking for an easy way to retirement.

Check out the picture at the bottom to see what I’m talking about haha. Via