The Roofs of Tibet

We’ve been reading a lot of ePub-related posts lately. In doing so, we stumbled onto a video by author and designer Craig Mod, which was posted on I Love Typography (one of our fav sites).

We highly recommend everyone interested in ebook and the future of books to take a look. It’s worth the 40 minutes.  But we will tell you up front, it’s a story without an end.

Much as we loved the lecture, we kept coming back to the opening. We wanted to know what happened on the roof in Tibet as a result that might not have happened if the protagonists had been holding ebooks.

Also, we want to put forward our little thought for the future — that someday eReaders will be ultra thin and come with flexible video displays (such as the OLED shown below by Sony — so it’s on them to make this thing work) wrapped to them.

With an OLED wrapped onto an eReader we could display the cover of the book being read (as an option — obviously if the reader didn’t want it displayed, it could be turned off). If this were accomplished, a reader could hold a book in his/her hand that would be paper thin and yet show the cover on the back in a reasonable size.

If the OLED flexible video display could be wrapped onto reader or tablet made with a thin plastic cover protector hinged to it to keep it on the front or fold completely to the back (so in essence it could open like a book), the reader could then have an actual front and back cover, that could still be all books with all covers all the time.

In essence, the reader would be holding a book, that was every book in the world, able to displaying a new cover each time they chose a new book, and therefore retain that shared experience of “You’re reading that too?”

Anyway, that’s our vision. Maybe Craig and Sony can give us a call to discuss it further?

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Did you hear that? Get a little spooked for Halloween

Daphne Du Maurier

This photo is a fav around FAB, it’s Daphne du Maurier in 1944. . She looks totally freaked out  or maybe just peeved that you’ve interrupted her.  It put us in an All Hallow’s mood today.

So for those of you looking to brush up on your Classic ghost stories this year, get yourself a copy of the 1944 American supernatural mystery/romance film and Ray Milland classic The Uninvited directed by Lewis Allen.   Charles Lang was nominated for a 1945 Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography.

The Uninvited (not to be confused with the more recent film which was released in 2009 and pretty awful)
was among the very first Hollywood feature films to portray a haunting as an authentic supernatural event.

Previously, ghosts were often played for comedy (The Ghost Goes West, 1936; Topper, 1937) or revealed to be practical jokes (Blondie Has Servant Trouble, 1940) or subterfuge to obscure an illegal activity (The Cat and the Canary, 1939; Abbott and Costello’s Hold That Ghost, 1941).

The Uninvited is based on the Dorothy Macardle novel Uneasy Freehold. The book can still be found for purchase, though it is difficult.  (Often searches turn up a play based on the book, rather than the book).  And, there are no eBook versions. If you love a good English thrill, this might be your Halloween treat!
The Uninvited

(Daphne Photograph: Hans Wild/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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Gearing up for the big day, by reading a good book

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Can reading a book improve your physical and emotional health? The NHS says Yea, Verily Yea!

Bibliotherapy. That’s what they call it in the UK, and the National Health Service actually coordinates with local libraries to make books available by prescription!  It’s called BOP Books on Prescription, and you do actually have your GP prescribe these books/courses.

You can visit the central site Overcoming, to see what’s on offer, but in general the books are designed to help people with more emotional/psychological problems. Most of these books are available for purchase through Amazon and would be considered self-help in the US.  But, don’t most people prefer to help themselves?

Margaret Nesbitt recently wrote an article on this topic but here are some thoughts from that article to ponder

According to Joseph Gold, a former professor of English at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, “Whether the problem be physical discomfort or disability, emotional conflict or suffering, or problems arising from social situations in the family, work or community, reading can change and improve how we feel and behave.” So therapists and doctors are writing “reading” prescriptions for some of their patients. Obese young women will read a book about a successful weight-loss transformation of a young woman and lose weight successfully, more so than someone who didn’t read the book.

  • Michael Duda, a psychologist in Germany, believes “success lies in a combination of the reading process and the content of what we read. When we immerse ourselves in a text, the words stimulate the production of mental images. We imagine what characters look and sound like; we visualize the places they play and work.”
  • According to brain researchers, when reading, our brains simulate what happens in the story, using the same circuits we would use if the same things happened to us. Duda believes books are so powerful that they “act like a key that opens the door to a person’s inner world.”
  • Bibliotherapy has been found not just effective but relatively cheap, which is why  the United Kingdom’s National Health Service encourages physicians to use the “books on prescription” program  which reaches thousands of people each year, and more than half of all English libraries are participating.

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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