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5 Beautiful Old Bookstores

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El Ateneo BuonesAires by David @Flickr


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Even avid e-book readers will be enchanted by these beautiful, magnificant old bookstores in Europe and in South America, housed in former opera buildings or churches.
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Photo Alex Duret-Lutz Paris

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Shakespeare & Co Paris Photo Tuuli Saarikoski

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BookStore Maastrich Photo by Kevin Gessner

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Porto Portugal Photo Marcella Bona

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Some Bookstores are so beautiful they are worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not.  Find many more at FlavorWire.com under “The most beautiful bookstores in the world”.

Did you discover any beautiful bookstores? Let us know or send a photo!

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Libraries, posting, Reading

 

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Reading Books Shortens Prison Time!

Bestseller Prison Book

An interesting move at Brazilian prisons steered up quite a media buzz, when Reuters reported: “Reading offers Brazilian Prisoners Quicker Escape”.

The Globe and Mail’s Paul Koring wrote
“For Brazilian convicts, summer reading may be far more than just a flight of fancy. It offers shorter sentences.”
Aside from a plethora of poor plays on words as the media seized on the story, the announcement that Brazil’s federal corrections program was offering to slice four days off a convict’s time (with a maximum of 48 days a year) for every book they read – and properly written book report submitted – rekindled a long-running debate about high rates of illiteracy among prisoners.”

From AbeBooks.com “Passion for Books”
Four federal prisons in Brazil are trying an interesting pilot program on their inmates. Known as the “Redemption Through Reading” program, eligible prisoners (as decided by a specially-appointed judging panel) will be allowed to shorten their sentence by four days for every book they read, to a maximum 12 books per year – meaning a diligent, eligible prisoner could shave 48 days off a year’s incarceration.
The inmates are limited in their book selections and must choose from an approved list of literature, philosophy, science or classics. To ensure actual work, understanding and retention, each participant is required to complete an essay for every book.  Ironically, there is an AbeBooks.com page: “Books Behind Bars: The Best Prison Literature”

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Gawker.com’s Neetzan Zimmerman added:
As part of a new rehabilitation initiative entitled “Redemption through Reading,” four federal prisons in Brazil will allow inmate to shave up to 48 days per year off their sentence in exchange for reading books. To prove they’ve read the books, convicts will be required to write book reports that “make correct use of paragraphs, be free of corrections, use margins and legible joined-up writing.”
“A person can leave prison more enlightened and with a enlarged vision of the world,” Sao Paulo lawyer Andre Kehdi, head of a prison book donation project, told Reuters. “Without doubt they will leave a better person.”
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My suggestion: Authors always scramble to get reviews. Wouldn’t it be a great idea to outsource books reviews to prisons. It could be a win-win situation for both: authors they can receive lots of reviews and prisoners – they have plenty of time to read : )

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The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network

Katherine Losse, a former Facebook employee tells all, or at least a lot. 

The Atlantic Wire wrote:  From 2005 to 2010, Katherine Losse worked in customer service at the company; she also was a ghostwriter for Mark Zuckerberg. The books promises some juicy stuff, “from Facebook’s company obsessed culture to its rowdy company parties.”
From TheBoyKings.com:
Employees were incentivized to live within one mile of the office, summers were spent carousing at the company pool house, and female employees were told to wear T-shirts with founder Mark Zuckerberg’s profile picture on his birthday.

Employees were expected to dedicate themselves to “the cause,” (aka, living the Facebook way); employees with most-liked photos and posts on their profiles would win monetary rewards; and there was a secret Facebook app called Judgebook that allowed company employees to score images of Facebook users. Also, while at VIP parties in Las Vegas, “Facebook employees would have bouncers bring women to their table, then turn them away for not being attractive enough.”  However, there might come some ensuing change in the corporate culture with the hiring of Sheryl Sandberg – or Zuckerberg’s marriage?

Would we all just adapt our behavior to the habits and rules of these brilliant but socially awkward Internet savants who have become today’s youngest power players?  Increasingly skeptical, Losse graduated from customer service to the internationalization team – tasked with rolling out Facebook to the rest of the world -finally landing a seat right outside Zuckerberg’s office as his personal ghostwriter, the voice of the boy king.

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Bestseller: The Road to Resiliency

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Author Troy Payne about his book “The Road to Resiliency”:

“Adversity discriminates against no one. We all face challenges and obstacles throughout our lives. We all have a story to tell. How can we stop the cycles of abuse and addictions now, rather than ignoring them and finding ourselves dealing with them in the future?

How can we encourage, empower, and inspire people to make healthy choices, to embrace life-to love themselves and those around them? Our personal realities are only our perception of our experiences. Two people can share the exact same experience and yet have two completely different views on that experience. Abuse is often viewed in this manner.”

The Road to Resiliency presents a true story as told from Kyle’s perspective, sharing his memories of his experiences. In the aftermath of Kyle’s devastating personal journey, many figures in this story have denied the facts. Although convinced that a higher power was guiding him and telling him to forgive, Kyle found himself confused. Understanding that divergence between memories and truth provides the first step to stopping the cycle of abuse. The Road to Resiliency offers an opportunity to discover how to triumph over the damaging effects of adversity and abuse to make the past really past.

Author bio:
Inspirational Speaker, International Best Selling Author and Recording Artist – Troy Payne started his career as a youth and family counselor with the intention of helping people overcome adversity.

In 2004 he launched his company Wellness Realization and began speaking professionally. Troy has dedicated himself to Encouraging, Engaging and Empowering youth and adults to overcome adversity and find resiliency. Troy released his book ‘The Road to Resiliency’ in 2011 which quickly became an international best seller.

As a musician he has always believed in the healing power of music and became the creator of ‘The Rock’n Resiliency Project’. Utilizing the brilliant talent of high school musicians, the band ‘Aside from Sorrow’ was formed. Combining the power of live music and storytelling the project is truly a rock concert with a message. The band has recently finished the recording of their first album ‘Out of the Darkness, Into the Light’ which is the soundtrack to Troy’s book. Their music depicts the struggles we are all faced with but also inspires hope, change, and healing.

Link to purchase paper book:
http://wellnessrealization.net/the-road-to-resiliency

LinkedIn:
http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/troy-payne/50/a20/42

Facebook:
Www.facebook.com/WellnessR

Twitter:
@WellnessR

Email:
troy@wellnessrealization.net

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E-book Nation: Did You Know?

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I just found very interesting stats for authors, publishers and readers at OnlineUniversities.com. They published an appealing and creative info-graphic how e-books are bought, used and how much they are appreciated.  Did you know: 

  • The average e-book reader has read 24 books in the past 12 months, compared to 15 books by a non-e-book-consumer.
  • Ownership of e-book readers doubled almost between December 2011 and January 2012 – in just one month!
  • 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading.

Find out more on this attractive info-graphic:
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E-  book Nation

Brought to you by: OnlineUniversities.com

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Most Well-read Cities In America

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The world’s top bookseller, Amazon.com, released some stats about which cities bought the most books, magazines and newspapers in the past year. Topping their list of the 20 most well-read cities in America is Alexandria, VA. Two other Virginia cities also placed in the top 20, Arlington at 7 and Richmond coming in last at 20.

As they say, Virginia is for lovers, and according to CNN, Alexandrians’ were more inclined to buy romance novels from Amazon.com than any other genre.

The second most well-read city in America is none other than Cambridge, Mass., home of Harvard and MIT. With a population of more than 100,000, Amazon says Cambridge residents were more likely to buy….

This year’s list may also surprise some, as some of our nation’s largest cities and urban centers did not make the list. Notably absent are cities Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.  Amazon’s home town of Seattle, Washington did make the list, though they sit on the lower end at number 13, edged out by cities such as Miami, Florida, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Read the whole story and a complete listing at RedOrbit.com
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