Information from the National Book Foundation about National Book Month for October 2012:
Book a trip this October“Embark on the journey of a lifetime, travel to exotic places, mythical lands and experience adventure beyond imagination. Or escape to another era altogether. All without luggage, tickets, a passport or leaving home. All you need is an open mind. And an open book.
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As a life-long avid reader, I can certainly support an entire month devoted to books and reading. During elementary school in the late 1960s, I pored over the Scholastic Book Club selections, trying to figure out what to get. I got my dream job of working in a bookstore in 1976, after beating out over 100 other people who also applied for the job. The owner, a former librarian, later told me that the reason he chose me was because I told him I was reading Doris Lessing and Ayn Rand that summer, and he was impressed with my book selections. This was before the days of Amazon and the big chain bookstores and cafes. We developed relationships with customers, recommended new books to them, and special ordered a lot of titles.
I went on to work in bookstores and as a new book buyer for a large book and magazine store chain in western Massachusetts. Over the years, I accumulated boxes and boxes of books, and was encouraged to buy the newest publisher’s offerings through free advance reading copies and promotional deals. Those were the days of ordering big cardboard floor displays (called “dumps”) of the newest Stephen King paperback and hundreds of one title at one shot. It was a fun job, but unfortunately did not pay very well, and I eventually succumbed to the lure of a bigger paycheck in corporate America.
It took me a long time to finally buy an e-reader- was I selling out to modern technology? Would I miss the heft of a new hardcover book, or turning the untouched pages? A happy medium was achieved- I love my Nook Color and usually download 4 or 5 books at a time. It can get expensive after a while, as I have been a very fast reader. I also go to our tiny local library once in a while, and always buy the newest Stephen King book in hardcover. If there is sewing book or cookbook that I want to keep as a reference book in my permanent collection, I will buy it in hardcover.
I started making fabric covers for the kindle, nook, or other e-readers after buying my own device. I wanted something functional, handmade, and different from all the other standard covers out there. They have proven to be pretty popular in my Bags of a Feather online shop.
.It is a wonderful time to be an avid reader- pick something, download it and start reading in minutes. Or order something, or peruse the selection in a bookstore. Whatever the method, celebrate National Book Month this October and READ!