There’s change in the air !

Things are a-changing at #TSBC.

Over time we’ve felt that by not collaborating with publishers, at least occasionally, you were losing out. Because we don’t run #TSBC as a business, we can’t have as many giveaways as we’d like to. Also, we think that since publishers are an important aspect of reading, they should also be celebrated. As a result we have decided to contact a few publishers who we think are exceptional their field and try and have events catered around books and reading.

Yes, things are changing now and we hope for the best. We thought you should know about how these changes will come into play.

  1. We plan on not promoting any single book or author at this time, even when collaborating with publishers.
  2. As much as possible all the events that are part of the promotion, will focus on the books and reading. But obviously, the interest of the publisher will be kept in mind since they are the ones generous enough to give us books for giveaways.
  3. These events and collaborations will not become a regular feature and our operations will remain the same. We promise that our recommendations and choices will not be influenced in any way just because a publisher is collaborating with us. However, the reason why we are collaborating with a publisher is because we already love their work.
  4. While we will try our level best not to have the “RT and Follow” procedures, I hope you will appreciate that you will have to follow the Twitter handles of the publisher and #TSBC to be eligible for the giveaways.

What’s in this for us? First up, we are not starting a PR company. We are still the same with our own separate businesses to take care of. However, we will request the publishers to give us (the three founders) some books for our personal use.

We also promise that in the end we are doing this for you, for more giveaways, for spreading the love of books a little more and let’s be honest here, everyone loves a free book. However, for the time being, we are staying away from working with a particular author or promote a particular book. Working with publishers will hopefully give all of us the benefit of dealing with multiple books by various authors.

Starting next week, we will have the first of our collaborations. We will also keep a log below of these collaborations just so you are aware.

We encourage you to participate in the events as and when they happen. We hope that this activity will help us put a spotlight on people who work inside the industry and many times behind the scenes.

Collaborations:

March 23 to 29, 2015:  Blaft Publications  @blaftness

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#TSBC Postcards

We’re bringing sexy (read Snail Mail) back in fashion. In case you are wondering, you read that right the first time. 🙂

As most of you are aware, along with our love for books, it has been our endeavour to bring together book lovers and form a community where book discussions of all sorts can take place. One of the “complaints” we often get is that a number of our followers who live abroad are unable to participate in everything we do; they especially miss out on giveaways. So, we decided to come up with an idea that would break through all sorts of boundaries, and that idea is #TSBCPostcards.

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Reading India with TSBC

About 6 months back, we stumbled across Ann Morgan’s blog, A Year of Reading the World and were blown away by what she had done. And with good reason too !

In 2012, Ann Morgan embarked on a year-long journey of the literary kind. She read a book from every independent country in the world. That was a total of 196 books read that year. Since then, Ann has published a book titled Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, which talks about her journey — the stories, the research, the people involved — and how it changed her thinking and her perception of the world.

Reading about Ann’s literary journey on her blog and later her book, inspired us and got us thinking about reading the immediate world around us. Reading India. Reading India’s diversity and sub-cultures through her various States and Union Territories (UTs), one book at a time. Reading India with you and through you.

That’s how the idea of #TSBCReadsIndia was born.

So, what exactly is #TSBCReadsIndia and how does it work? We have elaborated on it in a question and answer format below and one that we hope will tell you all that you wish to know. Continue reading Reading India with TSBC

@TSBookClub Hashtags: Deconstructed, Decoded, Demystified

It seems we are a little over our heads with all the hashtags that we have concocted ever since we began #TSBC. Mind you, we aren’t complaining. But its always nice to simplify things, isn’t it? So, we have collected all the hashtags together and have attempted to deconstruct, decode and demystify them for the new participants. In other words, we explain each of the hashtags right here in one place on this page. Some of the grander hashtags have been features in individual posts, and you can click on their header to be directed to them.

So here goes…

#TSBC

The grand daddy of all the book chats and the reason why we exist ! #TSBC is our weekly chat that takes place every Sunday between 15:00 – 16:00 Indian Standard Time. It consists of us discussing  6 questions tweeted over an hour — 1 question every 10 minutes — on a book related topic decided earlier. It is a great way to meet fellow book readers and interact on different aspects of literature, publishing, personal choices, and pretty much anything related to books in the minutest of ways. Continue reading @TSBookClub Hashtags: Deconstructed, Decoded, Demystified

The Sunday Book Chat (#TSBookChat)

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.

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10 Reasons for the Success and Failure of eBooks

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:

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The Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme 2014

 

Registration for the 2014 Great #TSBC Exchange Programme is now closed.

TSBC ExchangeThe 2014 version of the Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme is here 😀

One of the primary goals of #TSBC, besides talking about books, is to be a medium for people to find others who share similar interests in books. Towards this, we are constantly on the lookout for activities that can be enjoyed by all and further spread the love of reading among people of all ages. Towards this we introduced the Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme in September 2013 to some amazing response.

And that enthused us enough to offer it again this year. So without much ado let’s get down to the brass tacks.

How does the 2014 Great #TSBC Exchange Programme Work?

It’s quite simple.

The Book Exchange programme is similar to the idea of Secret Santa. Admittedly, the idea is neither new nor original, but since something like this is being done exclusive for books, we hope it will bring some surprise and joy into the lives of the people who love reading.

So what happens is this: If you sign up for the Great #TSBC Book Exchange Programme, you will be the anonymous Secret Book Giver for one person randomly assigned to you. In turn, you will receive a book or books from your Secret Book Giver, who will remain anonymous to you.

Some Important Points to Keep in Mind

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Book Review: The Complete Maus

‘Graphic’ and ‘novel’ ideally stand apart for any reader, since the former tends to rely largely on image and the latter on text. I decide to judge for myself, the result of merging the two, when the TSBC Challenge comes up with a “Graphic Novel Special” in June. And, by now, I’m attuned to lay blind trust in their recommendations.

But it wasn’t the BEST people who survived, nor did the best ones die. It was RANDOM.

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Pavel’s astute observation on the Holocaust, in Maus, constantly rings in my mind as a comment on reading, as well as mis-reading a survivor-story. Half way through the book, he questions the writer’s own perception of the Holocaust and its survivors even as he tries to lighten Artie’s emotional/creative dilemma and distress (graphically portrayed by Artie’s shrunken size). Could we extend this remark to life itself, I wonder, as I try to consolidate my experience of ‘reading’ Maus by Art Spiegelman, as a part of the TSBC Challenge.

The book-cover leaves little to the imagination, for one can’t help but notice a vivid swastika cross. One broadly knows what to expect, but not quite. Expectation, in the world of Maus, is a mistake. I’m told by the mini-blurbs on the inside of the jacket that the work is autobiographical. However, the predominant images of cat and mouse seem at odds with this intention. Why would an autobiographical work require a metaphorical representation? Intriguing.

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The Pepper House Library

During my recent visit to Fort Cochin, I chanced upon the best library I’ve ever been to or could have imagined at the Pepper House Café.  A serendipitious search for my afternoon coffee led me there.

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View from the entrance of the Pepper House Cafe

Much like the town of Fort Kochi, Pepper House Café is located in a narrow lane next to the main jetty on Kalmavathi Road. The Café is actually an old bungalow-like structure with a central courtyard and the sea at its backyard.

The aroma of freshly brewed coffee welcomes you as your enter the narrow wooden door. And a flash of the bright blue sea can be seen across the courtyard through a narrow door in backyard.

After ordering the coffee I wandered around the place, peeked into the Café’s Art Gallery, before climbing up a flight of wooden stairs to access the first floor.

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The Pepper House Cafe’s Art Gallery and Cafe

And what I saw blew me away. A Library with a massive collection of books stored in floor to ceiling shelves and an inviting atmosphere beckoned me. Although I did not have much time to browse through the entire collection, I could see that the collection was an eclectic mix of all possible genres. There were even books in French, German and Russian.

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Book Review: The Prague Cemetery

I decide to take up the TSBC Challenge out of curiosity. What book would I get? Could it be completely out of my loop? As a student of literature, haven’t I already abandoned the idea of a ‘comfort zone’? And anyway could TSBC gauge my loop?  And, I’m in for a surprise!

The-Prague-CemeteryMy first impressions of The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco are restricted to two words on the smoky, greyish-brown book cover: ‘Cemetery’ and ‘bestselling’. And I see a man with a hat who apparently conceals an event of some consequence as he stands with his back to the audience. It is perhaps, only through him that we might see light. Horror? Mystery?

The first chapter continues the eerie feel of the book cover by taking the reader through the “tangle of malodorous alleys” in a crime-infested neighborhood of the late nineteenth century Paris, only to land him/her at the doorstep of an old, faded antique shop. Inside, the reader almost bumps into history, as it is jammed together in terms of articles perhaps from different times and contexts — “a pendulum clock in faking blue enamel”, “vase stands with chipped ceramic putti”, “a rusty iron visiting card holder”, “hideous mother-of-pearl fans decorated with Chinese designs”, “two white felt slippers with buckles encrusted with Irish diamante”, “a chipped bust of Napoleon”… Interesting.

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