Kobo is having a wonderful sale on Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale books in time for the launch of the newest exciting adventure for kids ages 8 to 12!
Book 1 is free until October 31st.
Book 2 is 40% off if you use the top secret promo code: OCT40
It works for Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand!
Book 3 is full-price because it’s brand-spanking new!!!
The BAD News:
Today (October 28th, 2020) is the LAST Day for Book 2! So please hurry! I don’t want you to miss it! Especially if you are spending time in the dungeon with kids! You need stuff to read that’s good for the whole family.
P.S. I told you the dungeons in the Seven Kingdoms are famous for their hospitality. You didn’t believe me, did you?
Today–all my friends who love libraries–I’m going to tell you a secret that will make you very happy.
If you are a library regular, you probably know you can put a “hold” on an exciting new book. You can do the same thing with ebooks.
After the ebook you requested is returned, it can be automatically be checked out to you. (Unless you have too many books checked out–then you have to return something first. So if you normally have too many books checked out, don’t take the automatic check out option.)
In the days of paper lists, a dear friend always asked to be added to the list for whatever book everyone was waiting for. Now that’s using your library!
BTW, don’t you LOVE getting those library emails that a book is waiting for you? A major holiday!
But wait, there’s more. . . .TA DA!!!!!
You can recommend ebooks the library doesn’t own yet. This is perfect for that wonderful book on Twitter that you’ll forget the title before you can buy a copy.
How to recommend an ebook from your computer: 1. Brute force method: Login to your local libary online. Find Overdrive. Type the title into Overdrive’s search box. If the library doesn’t own it, you can click on “Recommend”. (See below for an example ;)) Your favorite authors will thank you forever!!
2. Elegant-if-it-works method: Click on the image below to go to the Overdrive site. “Find your Library” and if they don’t have the book, you can click on “show me books my library doesn’t own”. Then Overdrive should offer you the book with a “Recommend” option.
In case you’re interested, here’s a bit more information about the book:
While trying to figure out how ancient books were repaired, I came across the delightful Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson. It’s a small, friendly sort of book, clearly written and even the black and white illustrations are fascinating.
If you asked for a book in an ancient library, a page would bring you a bucketful of rolled-up parchment or papyrus with tags on them. You’d sit down and rummage through to find the chapter you wanted to read.
Chapter 8: From Roll to Codex is all about how a change in reading technology affects readers. What did the change mean for book lovers of long ago?
Good for travel–no fragile edges to crumble, no tags to fall off and get lost.
Space-saving–Carry more information in a smaller space because the writers can use both sides of the paper. Twice the capacity. 🙂
Read with one hand–a scroll takes two hands: one to unroll and one to re-roll.
Bookmarks–mark any page or even any line.
Find information quickly–just flip to the page, no more endless scrolling.
“Public libraries had to adjust” to the new format. Instead of cubbies holding three layers of scrolls max, books could be stacked up on top of each other.
“Standard” took a while–Casson gives the example of a book that had quires–the smaller bundles of pages sewn together to make a book–in all different sizes: 5-sheet, 4-sheet, 1-sheet, 5-sheet, 5-sheet, 8-sheet.
Authors had to advertise or explain the new format. Some things never change. 🙂
This little slender book, at Tryphon’s store,
costs just four coppers, and not a penny more.
Is four too much? It puts you in the red?
Then pay him two; he’ll still come out ahead.
–Casson, Lionel. Libraries in the Ancient World, Yale University Press, 2001, pg. 104.
Casson studied Egyptian literature by era to see how many were scrolls and how many were codices (books as we know them). Christians were early adopters of the new books. Bibles were made only as codices from the 2nd or 3rd centuries on.
If that’s what a notebook was like, no wonder everyone wanted parchment books instead.
Hope you enjoyed this field trip to the ancient world!
Happy reading and writing!
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