Books, eReaders, Graphic Novels

Read Graphic Novels on a Kindle

Reading Graphic Novels on a computer is awesome but you can read them on a eye-friendly-screen such as your Kindle. In some steps you can make it happen.

The process of converting a graphic novel to be able to read it on a Kindle is simple. Graphic novel files are either in CBZ or CBR format and you use Calibre (an ebook manager), and convert them to MOBI format and then copy the file to your Kindle.

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Books, eReaders

Buying an EReader, Worth?

I am too fond of reading books in an electronic format. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Hermen Hesse’s Siddhartha, My Inventions by Nikola Tesla, and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking are some of the books I have managed to read on my smartphone using an ereader application this month. I have been in the habit of reading books on a smartphone since my teenage days and I find it quite portable and accessible at the same time. Major reason being I am carrying my phone almost everywhere and when I get time, I can sneak in a chapter or two anytime.

In recent days I have been thinking of buying an E-Reader, a proper one. The reason being is that, since I have started working, I have developed this habit of checking emails, getting notifications and checking them at the moment and these things usually leads to a distraction and many a times I lose my focus over the text. It is happening in a vigorous frequency in past six months such that I am unable to cope with my reading time. I have tried putting my phone on airplane mode, but since it is the only mean of communication I have, I have realised that I cannot do that for more than an hour a day. Anyone’s calling at any time and there is something to lose sometimes.  Continue reading “Buying an EReader, Worth?”

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Best MOBILE Reading APPS

Many of us readers use mobile devices to read as these devices are getting smarter everyday. I am a avid reader, and read half of my books on a 6 inch screen device. I remember, in my teenage days, often spending pocket money beforehand instead of buying books, and being read most of the books of the school library, in curiosity and being driven mad by the love of books, I discovered a new way (new for me it was, being sixteen and finding ways to stabilize my teenage moods) to satisfy those cravings of a readaholic on a mobile device. A  PDA- HTC P3400i recently gifted by my parents on my birthday, I spend my last teenage years staring down that 3 inch screen all day long and exploring new worlds with that small device. I had other uses of it too but they seem little on front of reading books.

Reading eBooks has become an essential part of their generous habit and those who prefer mobility with their ongoing passion. Technology tries to compete with the speed of light, and due that competitiveness the outcomes are sweet for us. With the advance in the technology the devices we use are becoming smarter and each device tries to provide a desirable experience to the user. Reading eBooks is not behind in that course, not only mobile devices are preferable but devices with a bigger screen yet handy such as tablets have become popular. Number of applications are enormous for these devices for reading books but a few are adequate for every reader.

Kindle, Available for iOS/Android/Windows Phone 7+

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Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Coraline by Neil Gaiman is like a children’s book, but it’s not only a children’s book. It’s incredibly imaginative, simple and perfectly satisfying.

It’s a short read and could be read in a day. The story is about a little girl called Coraline and her parents who moves into an old house, divided into four flats. Soon she gets bored with the new place, and with her parents being too busy to spend time with her, she goes on to explore her neighborhood. On exploring, Coraline finds a locked door in the drawing-room of her own house. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Coraline by Neil Gaiman”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby

Sandra Danby’s Ignoring Gravity is a must read this winter. Danby’s gripping writing style and novel’s pace are enough to please a reader.

Set in London, Rose is a journalist in her thirties working for the London Herald. She is single and has had a number of failed relationships never having met the man of her dreams. Rose has always looked after her younger sister. Her sister Lily  is married not in a happy marriage. She is simply desperate for a baby but her husband is less interested and is not happy with Lily’s obsession by healthy eating in order to encourage conception.

After their mother’s death, to spare their father from the task of going through their recently departed mother’s possessions, Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby”

Books, Fiction, Reviews, science fiction

You think surviving on Earth is a challenge, how about Mars?

The Martian by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You think surviving on Earth is a challenge, how about Mars?”

Labeled as a “survival thriller“, imagine Robinson Crusoe on Mars? It’s a tale of a man trying to endure alone on the incredibly inhospitable planet of Mars. But it’s not the tension of survival that makes Andy Weir’s debut novel brilliant, it’s the humor.

In the middle of nowhere, Mark Watney, a botanist and a mechanical engineer, without his crew who were forced by a dust storm to leave him behind, thinking he was dead, wakes up some time later to find himself stranded on Mars with a limited supply of food and no way to communicate with Earth or his fellow astronauts. Thus, Mark, with his good sense of humor and his “smart-ass” trait tries to overcome a series of increasingly tricky mental, physical and technical challenges just to stay alive, until finally, he realizes there is just a glimmer of hope that he may actually be rescued. Continue reading “You think surviving on Earth is a challenge, how about Mars?”

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Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #2

This post is based on the Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1 where I talked about what and why Librivox. Click on the link see for yourself. 

 

In this post, I’ll make sure that you get familiar with Librivox. Here are some tips for getting started on Librivox.

All the readers on LibriVox are volunteers, finding a good audiobook can sometimes be hit-or-miss. Here are some tips I’ve found useful when searching for audiobooks on LibriVox: Continue reading “Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #2”

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FIVE BOOKS TO READ IN SEPTEMBER – LIST#1

September is the beginning of fall. The weather starts chilling a bit, the days looks like they are getting shorter. I have never been fond of the month but I realized it has a lot to offer if I remain on terms with it.

Like these books which many of us might be waiting and many of us will love to get our hands on. Below I include a list of five books to look out for, in this month.

In Real Life: Love, Lies, & Identity in the Digital Age by Nev Schulman

Schulman’s book goes over familiar ground to people familiar with the documentary, his catfishing story, and the series, but it’s compelling stuff, basically because of the big, pulsing, ever human heart behind every case of a “catfish.”

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan

Corrigan, a familiar voice as the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, takes on the Great American Novel as written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in this lively and entertaining book. We can travel with Corrigan to the real West Egg and find out why this book resonates, nearly a century after it was written. Continue reading “FIVE BOOKS TO READ IN SEPTEMBER – LIST#1”

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Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1

If you read books and you surely get lost into them by procrastinating the world to continue to read ‘just one more chapter’. But the book-fatigue knocks in and tells you to stop. But you don’t want to. You want to read as long as you can breathe. That’s what you love to do, willingly. But what about the demon, book-fatigue?

There are times when it is tiring while reading. The strain in your eyes and a glimpse of ache in your back tells you to give yourself a little rest and think about the future. It’s not the last book you are reading on this planet. Many more to read.

To overcome that resistance you do think that there must be an alternative. What if I could hear them?

Hear the words as of they are music to ears, hear them and soothe my own thirst for reading. Well, when there’s a will there’s a way. Continue reading “Librivox: A Reader’s ‘Audio-Heaven’ #1”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Impulse by Reekrit Serai

I received this book in paperback as a signed copy by the author and I am thankful both to him and the publisher.

Impulse is a compilation of short stories written by Reekeit Serai and just as the stories the book is short, light and suitable for reading on a journey or while traveling as it can be finished a little over an hour. And that is the best thing about it. The rest of your journey will be worth spend by the thoughts and questions this book arouse in a reader’s mind. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Impulse by Reekrit Serai”