“Pictures speak a thousand words” might be true, but during our visit to Sapera Basti there were many words spoken and elaborate scenarios conceived as little eyes, wide with amazement, and ears full of promise, entered into the world of magic, ghosts, talking animals, and wonderment in the form of stories. Let’s go back in time. […]
We, at The Sunday Book Club, have always tried to be different and unique in spreading our love for books.
We started off with what we believe was a first-of-its-kind twitter chat about books in India, and then introduced other book-related hashtags that run across the week to engross and engage with book lovers from around the world. We have also organised giveaways from time to time. So, amidst all these new ideas (and with more to come), we thought of doing something familiar, something that everyone would expect a “Book Club” to do.
On the day when we celebrate our 100th #TSBC chat, we are excited to announce the start of a bi-monthly (once every two months) twitter book chat that follows the norms of a “normal” or regular book club.
In a nutshell, at the start of every two months, we will announce one book that we would like everyone to read. The reason why we are doing this on a bi-monthly basis is because this will give everyone ample time to source the book and also time to read it, keeping in mind varied reading speeds.
A couple of years back, eBooks were supposed to revolutionize the publishing world. The end of bookstores was near (and it still is, but for a completely different reason). Physical books were supposed to be a thing of the past and with eBooks being “nature friendly” (debatable), it seemed that conventional books had already lost the battle.
Things are different today. While there might be growth in favour of digitalization, it’s not fast enough to cover the expenses that publishers have to pour into this new format. It seems that publishers have to really push hard to sell digital editions of their books.
So, why is it that while we have adopted and adapted to new technology in almost all fields that people still prefer physical books over eBooks?
Here’s are my 10 reasons for why I think so:
We asked our #TSBC participants to come up with a list of books: one book for each letter of the English Alphabet. This A to Z Challenge led to a flurry of mails, DMs on Twitter and finally lists from a few of our participants. Presenting to you the fourth of the A to Z List of Books. This one’s from Amrita.
Amrita is a homemaker, who, for her love of reading and crafting, is now a certified homebody. When she is not neck deep into one of her myriad crafts projects, she would definitely love to get out and explore: provided you could lure her away from the fictional world she is currently inhabiting. Amrita blogs at A Housewife’s Chronicles and Crafting Delight.
|A Short History of Almost Everything||Bill Bryson|
|Bhagavad Gita As It Is||A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada|
|Choker Bali||Rabindranath Tagore|
|Ethel and Ernest||Raymond Briggs|
|Freedom at Midnight||Larry Collins and Dominique La Pierre|
|Gone with the Wind||Margaret Mitchell|
|Harry Potter||J K Rowling|
|I, Robot||Issac Assimov|
|Jurassic Park||Micheal Crichton|
|The Kite Runner||Khaled Hussaini|
|Life of Pi||Yann Martel|
|Nothing but Wodehouse||Ogden Nash (Ed.)|
|Oh! The Places You Will Go||Dr Seuss|
|Pale Blue Dot||Carl Sagan|
|Queen of Dreams||Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni|
|Shantaram||Gregory David Roberts|
|Two Lives||Vikram Seth|
|Unaccustomed Earth||Jhumpa Lahiri|
|Vaishali Ki Nagarvadhu||Acharya Chatursen|
|Wuthering Heights||Emily Bronte|
|X-ing the Paragrab||Edgar Allen Poe|
|Yes Minister: The Diaries of the Right Hon. James Hacker||Jonathan Lynn|
|Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values||Robert M. Pirsig|
Thank you, Amrita 😀