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Tuesday, 18 October 2011 20:49
My book collection drives my husband crazy. For most of our married life (12 ½ years), these books have resided in boxes that get moved from room to room depending on space needs. Since starting Romance Novel News, my book collection has outgrown all of the boxes, and it got to the point where books were starting to take over our living spaces.
So, my husband had a brilliant idea when Borders went into liquidation – rather than buy books, why not get discounted shelving units. We purchased 12 3-foot sections that are roughly 7 feet tall. My husband went to one of our local stores right before they closed for good, took the shelves apart and carted them home. He was like a man on a mission, getting them set up in one of our spare bedrooms.
Then it was time for me to unpack all of my books and put them on the shelves – which was an absolute blast. I had to stop several times in order to read some of my favorites. It took me about a week to get them all shelved. Of course, then I felt the need to start arranging them.
I didn’t get too far arranging them. At this point, I do have the books by my favorite authors all grouped together – or at least most of them. But I have lots more work to do.
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Monday, 03 May 2010 13:38
Books that I read last month:
Thursday, 15 April 2010 20:35
I broke down an bought a kindle last month. I needed to get an ebook reader to be able to read egalleys (which I don't want to have to read on my laptop). I've been pleasantly surprised how much I actually enjoy reading on it. It is incredibly convenient to be able to carry around lots of books on one small device that fits nicely into my purse.
While I do not want to exclusively buy ebooks, I am starting to get comfortable deciding when to buy something in paper versus when to buy a title in e-format. There are lots of considerations for me in making such a choice. And, my strategy is definitely still evolving. But, I feel good about having choices.
However, there has been an unexpected consequence to my kindle purchase - its effect on my Amazon recommendations. As most Amazon shoppers probably know, Amazon offers recommendations to users based upon items they buy, view, add to lists or say that they own. I have been using this feature quite heavily for several years. It is generally how I create my lists of books that I plan to review and that I want to buy. It has worked tremendously well for that - until now - until I started purchasing books in kindle format.
Once I made some ebook purchases, Amazon started adding kindle editions to my recommendations. Sounds perfectly reasonable, right? Yet, Amazon is now recommending the kindle edition of books I already own in paper - many of which I actually bought from Amazon. This is driving me batty! Previous to my kindle purchase, I usually had between 200-300 recommendations. Today, I had nearly 650 - an unwieldy amount especially given that a high percentage of them are duplicates.
This makes my Amazon recommendations much less useful. Sure, I could go into the list and get rid of the items I already own by telling Amazon that either I'm not interested or that I already own said title. Pain in the posterior - and probably not something I have the wherewithal to do. Plus, that won't stop the Amazon from recommending duplicate items in the future.
It seems apparent that Amazon considers different formats of the same titles as distinct and separate works. This doesn't make sense for recommendations - in any way. Amazon should make recommendations for titles based upon what I have purchased and what I own. Then, I could make the choice about what format I would like to buy. I do not get the distinction between formats in this sense.
There is a whole science dedicated to this sort of thing - and I wish that Amazon would use this science to make some changes to the metadata surrounding its recommendations. I do have to admit that I am a librarian, and that librarians spend an inordinate amount of time and energy pondering these things. Maybe that is why I've been mulling this over for a couple of weeks.
So, while the kindle itself is improving my reading experiences and offering me some variety, it is also causing me some grief. I'm not sure what I will do about my Amazon recommendations. Ignore the duplicates? Try and fix it? Move to something else? Only time will tell.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:34
This is the list of books that I read last month.
*my favorites this month