Sunday, January 4, 2009

Read a Novel Month

-- Just Read a Novel Month --

Did you know that January is a writer's haven? Not only are the winter months more conducive to the task of writing, this is also a time when many people are increasing their reading habits while enjoying the comfort and warmth of the indoors. Libraries and bookstores will notice an increase of traffic during the cold season and many writing events are traditionally held around this time of year.

In fact, January is "Just Read a Novel Month", the goal being to encourage people to read one novel during the month of January. I did some research online on this interesting concept, apparently only novels count (memoirs, short stories, essays, poetry, non-fiction... do not count) and it must be something you have not read before - and it must be read within the 31 days in January.

This is a great opportunity for writer's groups of all sizes, ages and varieties to consider participating in. Many have taken this concept to heart and are now endeavoring to read one novel for each month of the year!

-- Quote of the Day --

“ (Re: e-books and e-book readers) They are a real boon to anyone who travels, or does a lot of waiting – because you can switch back and forth between literally dozens of books. I know that many people who are visually impaired prefer to read books on their computer. …In fact Simon & Shuster recently …launched an electronic program… replacing photocopied manuscripts. Simon & Shuster estimates that this initiative can reduce the number manuscripts reproduced by 20,000 per year. So it is not just a convenience factor, giants such as Simon & Shuster are recognize that e-publishing is eco-friendly and has the huge potential of eliminating the eco-footprint of the publishing industry. …When it comes to the traditional printing publishing industry… before the wood pulp is made into paper, 62.7% of the negative ecological footprint comes from getting the timber to the mill. Another 26.6% happens during the paper production at the paper mill. Another 8.2% comes from the landfill release of the methane gas from the books that are not purchased. …The energy used in transporting and storing printed books is another 12.7%. …I realize that e-book reading is not for everyone, but it is catching on in such phenomenal numbers. …e-books have gone up 55.7% in net sales (between 2002 & 2007). …They are also available for often 1/2 to 2/3 the price.”
~ Elizabeth Eagan-Cox 11/11/08

The quote above was taken from a discussion with Elizabeth Eagan-Cox on Conscious Discussions Talk radio show on November 11, 2008... To access the full interview with Elizabeth simply click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to the right of this website to find links to the Conscious Discussions talk radio show.

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