Notes from An Alien

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“Best” Books of 2014


Doing a Best of Year post for books isn’t wise before the end of the year; but, “Best” books is very subjective; so, I’ll give you some today :-) 

Book Gifts

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My other reason is that many folks celebrate Christmas and might be frantically looking for a few gifts

I have two subjective offerings:

* A rather neat page from NPR (National Public Radio) that lets you filter (in the left side-bar) their list of picks for best books—NPR’s Book Concierge.

* A selection from one of the most popular reader sites—2014 Goodreads Choice Awards.

And, even though I have a Kindle Fire HDX for my reading, Amazon has brought out a dedicated e-reader—no movies, weather apps, or other such stuff—just Reading—Amazon’s Kindle Voyage Is the Lamborghini of E-Readers.

A couple quotes from that article:

“Readers don’t necessarily want to read on tablets or phones. I’m not saying that many don’t end up doing so, but if you’re reading a lot, staring at a backlit screen in the way that you tend to when you’re reading line after line of digital text…is going to drive you crazy or wreak havoc on your eyesight.”

“It’s still expensive by e-reader standards [$219 right now], but if you spend more than two hours a day with your nose in a book, and the price doesn’t immediately cause you to say, ‘Nope, can’t afford it’, you need to consider it. Because it’s state of the art e-reading; it finally delivers on the promise.”

The article covers all the major new features of the Voyage and makes enough comparisons for a rational decision

And, for gifts for readers, all year ’round, click on the link in the left side-bar of this blog that says Gone Reading

Do you have a favorite book from 2014?

How about your favorite reading device?

Tell us about them in the Comments :-)
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