Category Archives: Books

USA, New York, New York – Union Square Barnes & Nobles

IMG_0971.JPG

I wouldn’t post about Barnes & Noble normally, but I thought that this was a unique location. This is their Union Square store (https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2675), located at 33 East 17th Street, New York, New York.

IMG_0972.JPG

We thought that this was a very interesting Barnes & Noble. It spreads over multiple floors and has one of the largest cafes I have seen in a Barnes & Noble. Located in the historic Century Building at 33 East 17th Street, this building was originally the headquarters of the Century Publishing Company in 1881. After many years of vacancy, the building was designated as a New York City landmark in 1993 and its facade was restored in 1995 to be a Barnes & Noble bookstore, it was later added to the National Register of Historic places in 1997. While this Union Square locale only measures in at 62,000 square feet (more than half the size of the 5th Avenue location), this noted store consists of four floors. [1]

While it may not have the same appeal as the independent book store, This is an interesting place to visit and browse the shelves or take a few minutes to enjoy their cafe.

References:

1 – The Five Most Interesting Barnes & Noble Stores in America


See my other Food and Location articles


 

USA, New York, New York – Rizzoli Bookstore

My wife and I visited the Rizzoli Bookstore (https://www.rizzolibookstore.com) recently. It is located at 1133 Broadway in New York, New York. As they claim in their website, this is an elegant book store. Per their website:

For over fifty years—twenty-nine in its previous 57th Street location—Rizzoli Bookstore has been widely considered one of the foremost independent booksellers in America specializing in illustrated books on architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, cookery, and the fine and applied arts, as well as literature, and foreign language books. Rizzoli Bookstore has been, and will continue to be a literary landmark in New York City, and a celebrated destination for important authors and book lovers from all over the world.

Established in New York in 1964 Rizzoli moved in 1985 to its 57th Street location—a six story townhouse exhibiting on its façade a sober classicism that belies the elegant interior within, where cast iron chandeliers, ornately decorated vaulting, and a luminous Diocletian window create a serene setting for book lovers amidst the rush of Midtown Manhattan.

IMG_0974.JPG

While this is a very nice book store, it does not have many titles that are part of our interest set. However if your interests lie in the list of topics above, this is certainly a bookstore you should visit while in New York.


See my other Food and Location articles


 

USA, New York, New York – McNally Jackson Books

IMG_0973.JPG

My wife and I like to visit independent bookstores when we are traveling. Recently we browsed through the McNally Jackson bookstore (http://www.mcnallyjackson.com) located at 52 Prince Street, New York, New York.

It had a wide selection of books, though I found the Science Fiction collection a little lacking. We were both intrigued with the on-site printing press that allows you to choose and have custom printed a wide variety of books. Their printing machine can also be sed to ‘self-publish’. They also have an on-site cafe that would allow you to spend some time reading in the store.

This is a nice bookstore with a wide assortment of books. If you are interested in books, you will like McNally’s.


See my other Food and Location articles


 

USA, New York, New York – Strand Bookstore

IMG_0969.JPG

The Strand bookstore (http://www.strandbooks.com/) main location is at 828 Broadway,
Manhattan, NY. It is a place to both buy and sell books. This means that you can find both new and used books on their extensive shelves. Not only do they have the popular books in print, they also have a section for rare and collectable books.

IMG_0967.JPG

Just how many books to they have? Their marketing tag line is “18 Miles of Books” and having been there, I can agree that they have a lot of books. As you can see from the photo above, their shelves reach about 9 feet high. This is great in that they can hold a very large inventory of books. However it does make it difficult to just browse the aisles as you cannot really read the spines of the books on the top 2-3 shelves.

Their collection of books is extensive but they best way to approach them is to search for the books you want on-line. I did a quick look at they Science Fiction holdings and the results show 9855 books of that category. Since they have the collection in their database, it makes it easy to find books through the on-line search.

My wife and I spent a little time there a couple of days ago and were overwhelmed. It is certainly a place to visit if you like books. If you are a reader, this is a place you will want to visit if in New York.


See my other Food and Location articles


 

Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine Available

Galaxy Science Fiction magazine was published from 1950 to 1976. Many of the Science Fiction masters got their start in its pages – Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Harlan Ellison & Robert Silverberg.

If you want to read some of the short stories published in Galaxy, you can do that now for free. Go to Archive.org and all of the issues (355) have been digitized and are available to download.

If old issues of Galaxy  doesn’t excite you fear not. There are over 6,000,000 other items in the archive collection.

The Benefits of Reading

I came across the article “10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day” recently and thought that the reasons were worth sharing. So why should you read every day?:

  1. Mental stimulation
  2. Stres reduction
  3. Knowledge
  4. Vocabulary expansion
  5. Memory improvement
  6. Stronger analytical thinking skills
  7. Improved focus and concentration
  8. Better writing skills
  9. Tranquility
  10. Free entertainment

Overall I think that the reasons listed are very positive side affects of reading. I might question the “Free entertainment” bulled as most books will come at a cost. If you are looking for low cost/free reading alternatives check out the “Notification services with free/low cost book offers” on my Books and Reading page.

iOS App Adaptation of Science Fiction Novel “Cumulus”

Books – Bound is pleased to announce the launch of “Cumulus,” an adaptation of the original novel by best-selling author Eliot Peper. Bound is a new mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, that combines serialized prose, art and audio with community features from the best storytellers in “geek genres” like sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers. The app is available for free in the iOS App Store.

“Cumulus takes place in a world that we seem to be barreling into,” said the author. “Tech consolidation, ambient AI, crumbling public institutions, escalating economic inequality, persistent surveillance, these are all things that have migrated from science fiction into reality. Bound’s platform will bring that world to life, enriching the narrative with original art and extras. It’s been a delight seeing how deep their sourcebook goes, and I can’t wait for fans to access it. We all read books, watch movies, and play games. But Bound is leveraging the malleability of digital media to build something new and unique, a perfect example of what the future of storytelling might look like.”

Bound recently launched with exclusive content based on the new novel “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.” by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, and “Purgatorio,” a sci-fi adventure series by award-winning author John Shirley, based on the “Midnight Star: Renegade” mobile game universe developed by Industrial Toys and best-selling author John Scalzi. Bound has also announced agreements with acclaimed creators Gunslinger Studios, former Pixar and Telltale Games creative Stephan Bugaj, award-winning game writer Matt Entin, and writer and linguist Nick Farmer. Bound will be announcing new relationships in the coming months.

About Eliot Peper

Eliot Peper is a novelist and strategist based in Oakland, CA. He writes fast-paced, deeply-researched stories with diverse casts that explore the intersection of technology and society and is the author of Cumulus, Neon Fever Dream, and the Uncommon Series.

He’s helped build numerous technology businesses, survived dengue fever, translated Virgil’s Aeneid from the original Latin, worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm, and explored the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Mustang.

His books have been praised by Popular Science, Businessweek, TechCrunch, io9, and Ars Technica, and he has been a speaker at places like Google, Qualcomm, and Future in Review.

About Bound

Bound is a mobile fiction platform for people that love heroes, villains, and epic stories set in interesting worlds. Founded by game industry veterans, the company is an angel-backed startup based in Southern California.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
  • Requires iOS 9.2 or later
  • 136 MB

Bound 1.0.1 is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

I like this new format of reading, audio, and artwork. I’ve downloaded Bound and started on Cumulus, though I have not gotten very far yet. This is something that I encourage you to try if you have an iOS device and like books.

eBook Sales Declining

Books

Reading – Back in April of this year a report by the Publishers Association was published that indicated that eBook sales had declined 17% while the sales of physical books increased by 7%. The declined is mirrored in the US where eBooks declined by 18.7% while paperback and hardback sales rose by 7.5% and 4.1% respectively.  These results were taken from the sales data  of Jan-Sept 2016.

For myself, I still prefer eBooks. I am currently reading the first paper book in several months. I find hardly the book far more cumbersome than my iPad. I can also read in a dim or dark room easily with my iPad where that is impossible with a print book.

Each has to choose their own preferred way of reading, but for me it will be eBooks when possible.

Preview of “The Alienist”

Trailers – The TNT channel has announced a new series called ‘The Alienist’ based upon the book of the same name written by Caleb Carr. This is a period mystery set at the end of the 19th century. The official synopsis is:

The psychological thriller drama is set in 1896, when a series of gruesome murders of boy prostitutes has gripped the city. Newly appointed top cop Teddy Roosevelt calls upon Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl), a criminal psychologist — aka alienist — and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. Joining them in the probe is Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary at Police Headquarters.

Based upon this preview, this may be a very good series. Unfortunately, there is no date set yet as to when we will be able to begin watching.