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Amazon Considering Kindle Unlimited: One-Price Access to 600,000 Books

I’m a book person. I have thousands of books in my home, and read at least one or two a week. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good library near home, so I buy a lot of books. I look carefully for the lowest prices, buying sometimes from Amazon, sometimes from third-party sellers on Amazon, and […]

iOS Apps to Discover Great Literature

Back in the early days of personal computing, the promise of interactive, multimedia, hypertext books was exciting, notably with Voyager’s Expanded Books. But in those days, the limits of technology prevented those “books” from gaining a foothold. You could have links and unlimited text content, but the size of videos was just slightly larger than […]

Good Listens: The Leonard Lopate Show Podcast

I don’t have time to listen to a lot of podcasts, but one of the ones I’ve been listening to for ages is the Leonard Lopate Show, a radio show that is broadcast on WNYC in New York City. Mr. Lopate is a fascinating interviewer, and his show features guests in an eclectic range of […]

App Review: James Joyce’s Ulysses, A Guide

What better way to celebrate Bloomsday – June 16, the day on which James Joyce’s Ulysses is set – than by discovering the novel in an interactive iPad app? Naxos, known for its classical music releases and audiobooks, has released the $9 Joyce’s Ulysses: A Guide which gives you Joyce’s great novel, plus a plethora […]

Happy Bloomsday to All!

Once again it’s Bloomsday, the 16th of June, the day on which James Joyce’s Ulysses takes place. If you aren’t familiar with this great work of the early twentieth century, it tells the tale of a modern-day Ulysses (Leopold Bloom) as he wanders the streets of Dublin on June 16, 1904. Closely modeled on the Odyssey, Ulysses is a landmark in modernist literature.

Every year on this day, around the world, people read Ulysses alone or in groups, to themselves or out loud, in performance or simply in sitting on a couch. For this year’s Bloomsday, allow me to recommend a novel way to experience the book. The recently released unabridged audiobook of Ulysses, from Naxos, is a gem. With musical interludes and sound effects, and excellent reading by Jim Norton (and Marcella Riordan for the final chapter, the soliloquy by Molly Bloom), this reading brings the work to life in unexpected ways. At over 27 hours, you won’t be able to listen to the entire book in one day (the novel takes place over a period of “only” 18 hours), but you’ll be drawn into the story in ways you did not expect.

Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship, by Michael Anekso

While we consider Henry James the one of the greatest novelists writing in the English language, he didn’t always have that reputation. During Henry’s lifetime, he struggled continuously to balance his art with the marketplace. His most popular books were often pirated, netting him very little income, and his finest works of art simply didn’t […]

More on Scribd, and a Free Three-Month Trial Code

I wrote last week about my dissatisfaction with Scribd, the “Netflix of books,” whose 400,000+ books turns out to be much less in the UK, where I live. I got some more information from the company. First, I’m told there are 277,000+ books available to UK readers. According to my explorations of the Scribd library, […]

Scribd Is Like Netflix for eBooks; and Just as Sucky

The Netflix model of “all you can consume” for a monthly fee is gaining traction. Subscription music is slowly picking up steam, and books are the latest type of media to appear in subscription services. I read a lot, and I would very much like to use a service where I can read a lot, […]

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