Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a review. It’s just me, rambling.
The question for this week’s Filipino Friday is, in my interpretation, all about technology.
Do you read (or have at least tried to read) books in other formats aside from print? How was your experience with these different book formats?
I’ve started reading ebooks long before I had an ebook reader or a smartphone. I had pdf or lit files that I’d read on my computer. These were books that were mostly free, and stuff that I don’t normally see in bookstores (because they were from indie writers and publishers).
I got a Kindle Touch as a birthday gift from my aunt and since then, I think 90% of the books I’ve read were digital versions. I still buy printed books, but because of my recent lack of space at home and smaller budget, ebooks are space and cost efficient alternatives.
Thanks to the Kindle, I have no problems with ebooks. I hated reading on my laptop because it was bulky, and after a while my eyes hurt from the screen’s glare. Same goes with my phones. The Kindle was easy on the eyes and lightweight. I guess so long as I have that, reading digital books won’t be such a problem for me. Also, here is a somewhat related post.
I have tried audiobooks, but it wasn’t for me. If I listen to an audiobook in bed, I end up falling asleep even before the chapter’s done. If I listen to it while trying to do chores, I don’t understand anything. I did try to listen to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, specifically, the chapter about Harry’s 18th birthday. I eventually memorized the first five or so paragraphs — because I kept starting there and I’d be asleep around that part.
Of course, printed books will always be the priority, but ebooks on a proper ebook reader is a very close second.
Also… just a friendly reminder, ReaderCon is on November 9!!!!
Our original plans for Saturday was a trip to the Diabolical for the Trese exhibit and book launch. Joiz and I were hoping that the exhibit would look like an actual bar like in the comic, but alas, it was an art gallery. It still was impressive, as it showcased thirteen prints of Kajo Baldisimo’s work for Trese, as well as some of his original sketches framed. This was also Kajo’s first one-man exhibit.
The event also marked the launch of Trese: Book of Murders, a special collector’s edition of the first thirteen cases with digitally-updated artwook. The book is hardbound, and is a must-buy for Trese fans.
Joiz and Arc bought a copy and had it signed by Kajo and Budgette. I didn’t recognize Kajo because of his (lack of) hair, compared to his ‘do during Aklatan.
Congratulations on the book, Budgette and Kajo. Congrats Kajo for the exhibit!
Bonifacio High Street was packed last Saturday, October 26. I was expecting a crowd at Fully Booked because of the Halloween Comic Fest, but it turns out there was a trick or treat event for the kids. It seemed fitting, because I was there for one thing only.
As much as I wanted to participate in the book drop activity, I couldn’t. Happily, there’s two questions in today’s Filipino Friday so the non-participants can join in still.
Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you get your books nowadays? Do you still go to bookstores, or do you buy/order books online?
My main source of books are still the bookstores. They’re easy to go to and these days, many already have the latest releases nearly on the same date as the Western releases, so it’s not hard to find something you want. I can’t think of a specific memorable book buying/hunting experience though. I’d like to think that each trip I take for books is fun and memorable in its own way.
I do, however, love visiting secondhand bookstores and diving into the bargain bins. I also love exploring places along Recto that sell used books, but many of which are still in fairly good condition. These places are also where I find books that are no longer in print, or haven’t been reprinted and sold in the regular shops. It’s also a great place to find good books at bargain prices. I love looking for books here so much that I have a post about secondhand bookstores and buying books from there.
I’ve had plenty of luck finding great books in bargain bins and secondhand bookstores. I’ve been able to complete series thanks to these jaunts. My friends have taken to bringing me along when they want to find specific books, because I somehow uncannily find them without really exerting much effort.
I’ve done some buying of books online too, but this is mostly for secondhand books as well. The only books I’ve bought over sites like Amazon are digital books, which I read over my Kindle.
If I find a dropped book, I definitely take it home and read it. Unless, it’s something that I’ve read before and then I’d probably leave it for some other person to find. On that note, I’ll try to drop a book over the weekend. Just because the Filipino Friday question has been done, doesn’t mean I can’t continue it.
Don’t forget that the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon: What Do Readers Want? will be on November 9, 2013, 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University. See you there.
I never really considered myself as an uber fan of the Gin Blossoms. But their songs have been part of my formative years, and I’ve always had a crush on Robin Wilson’s voice.
Still, I was disappointed that I was missing out on their concert. Personal budget cuts do not allow for such expenses these days, as opposed to the time when I could buy two Jason Mraz tickets without blinking (much).
So when I heard that the band was going to be in Eastwood Mall for a live performance, I didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity to see them. I already knew I wasn’t going to buy the CD for the autograph signing (budget cuts, remember?), but hearing them live would be pretty awesome.
The crowd was big enough to know that there were still plenty of people who appreciated the band and their music. Mostly were yuppies, still in their work attire. Others were young families, parents who were taking their kids to listen to a band they grew up listening to. It wasn’t the screaming kind of crowd, which was a nice break.
I was able to secure a spot on the left-hand side of the stage (right, if you’re standing on the stage). There were two guys in front of me, but since the crowd wasn’t the manic kind, I had no trouble seeing the band or taking photos. The event was advertised for 6:30 PM, but the band came onstage a little past 8 PM.
My sister asked me to accompany her while she ran some errands. After paying some bills, we headed to National Bookstore in Katipunan so she can buy some pens. There were some specific pens that she was looking for, so we had to go there.
Afterwards, we decided to check out the newly opened U.P. Town Center. It’s easy enough to get to, but because we were coming from the opposite side, we had to go back to the jeepney terminal first. It was a rather roundabout way to get there.
There were still plenty of stores that were not yet operational, and some of those that opened were not yet 100% functional. There also seemed to be a quite a few Japanese establishments (Family Mart included). I also saw a Filipino restaurant, a Vietnamese restaurant, a steakhouse and a pizza parlor.
After shopping, decided to try Café Shibuya, just because of the Japanese sounding name. As our luck would have it, there was a group of PR/media people going about the open stores, checking out what they had to offer. I felt sad that they didn’t finish the stuff that they ordered (I jokingly told my sister that maybe I should ask if I could have them to go).
We ordered the bestseller, Shibuya Benedict, and Chocolate Green Tea frap. Shibuya Benedict is their take on the classic eggs benedict: poached eggs on top of a thick slice of buttered toast and ham, topped with creamy white sauce and slivers of shitake mushrooms. A side order of crisps with a Japanese mayo dip completes the dish.